On October 18th, students were invited to create a diya clay lamp in celebration of Diwali, the Indian and Hindu Festival of Lights. Over 250 enthusiastic Mustangs came out to make their own bejeweled candle holders. Students also had the opportunity to make rangoli sand art on the blacktop. Diyas and rangolis are traditional decorations done inside and outside homes during Diwali to symbolize light over darkness and good triumphing over evil.
Arroyo parents, Nikita and Sanjeev Ganatra, generously brought in sand art templates for students to create beautiful authentic rangolis. The Ganatra family also demonstrated the traditional Indian art of henna tattoo for the Diwali celebration. In addition, Sangeeta Gianzero, hung up handmade floral leis made from golden mums, another Diwali tradition.
Thank you to the parents who volunteered and to the families that shared their cultural traditions with our students.