This Sunday (30th October) begins a five-day festival in which many people of Indian culture celebrate a beautiful religious event. They decorate their houses with colourful lights, flowers and candles and share sweets, dried fruits and gifts with friends and family.
The lights symbolise goodness and the festival is based on good overcoming evil (or darkness). People say prayers to the goddess of wealth Lakshmi to wish for prosperity for the coming year. It is also a time when people spring clean their homes and buy new clothes.
Adults and children alike create Rangoli artwork, which uses coloured rice or powder to make swirls or flower patterns. Why not embrace this highly vibrant event in your care home or day centre and have a go at making something similar? You could use various coloured pulses and rice, or coloured powder paint or even glitter. the tactile craft will delight older people of all abilities - especially anyone with a dementia.
For further reading and images about world cultures, try our lovely Pictures to Share book on Travelling (PTS6 - £19.95). The book is packed full of high quality images and short texts from around the world – a great aid for discussion and reminiscence.