Navrati, Diwali, and Lamp Craft

I’ve always been fond of India. It is such a beautiful and rich in culture country. 

So I am always looking forward to Diwali blog hosted by Multicultural Kid Blogs and take part in it every year!

This year Navrati and Diwali are quite close to each other, I decided to review two books by Bollygrove  about these two festivals, and make a Lamp craft with my children. 

The books I want to talk to you about today are:

–  Let’s Celebrate Navrati  – about a beautiful festival that precedes Diwali;

– Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali – about the most popular festival in India which is considered the beginning of a new year. 

Learning about these festivals made me think about how similar they are and that this year if you are celebrating both, you can just continue from one to another! 

Both books  tells us about the nature of the festivals, traditions, and share some history of their origine.  They also teach the  vocabulary associated with the festivals.

We learned that Navrati is celebrated for whole 9 days (which is longer than 5 days of Diwali!). We also learned the basics of Dandiya dance, and every tried to dance along the music. We loved all the beautiful colours that are used to decorate houses for Navrati and it reminded us of how colorful Diwali is as well. Clothes, jewelry, decorations – all so festive!

Flipping the pages of the book, we travelled to other parts of India to see how Navrati and Diwali  celebrated there. 

When we read both books, we noticed the emphasis made during both festivals on lights. Garbo (or Garba) is a clay pot lamp that is used during Navrati. And Diya is a small clay lamp used during Diwali. Both lamps are used during religious ceremonies, with Garbo being a representation of goddess Durga (the warrior and the protector), and Diya being used to celebrate victory, cleanliness of the soul, and knowledge. 

To celebrate these two festivals and fill our home with light, we decided to make our own lamps which we decorated inspired by Garbo and lighted in the spirit of Diya. 

Materials needed:

Small glass jars

Washi tape


Tea candles

Start by wrapping your jars with washi tape.

Once done, stick on some colorful stickers.

Drop in tea candles, turn off the light and enjoy the beautiful lamps! 

For now we put off the lamps and will wait to light them up for Diwali!

How do you Celebrate Navrati and Diwali in your home?

Diwali for Kids | Multicultural Kid Blogs

This post is part of the annual Diwali for Kids blog hop from Multicultural Kid Blogs! See the posts below for great ideas on celebrating Diwali with children. You can find even more ideas from last year’s series and on our Diwali Pinterest board:

Ketchup Moms on Multicultural Kid Blogs

Kid World Citizen

Creative World of Varya

Growing Up Gupta

Diwali Inspired Ideas For Kids


Growing up in Russia, I caught the whole Bollywood and Indian infatuation times. And I had my share of being crazy about movies, songs, languages, actors, clothes and food of India.

I knew India had two big holidays – Diwali and Holi. And it was my childhood’s dream to take part in these two holidays. I have been to Indian 3 times since, but unfortunately, so far I haven’t been able to make it for either one.

Today I am sharing Diwali Inspired Ideas for Kids that you can use when celebrating the Festival with your children, or organizing an India Themed party.

Diwali is a New Year in India, according to the Lunar calendar, it moves dates every year. It is a gorgeous, colorful event, filled with lots of festivities, food, and presents.

Let’s start with decorations:

Traditionally, the houses are cleaned and decorated with lanterns, lamps, lamp designs, flowers, and Rangolis.

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

What can you do at your home with minimal resources:

  1. Decorate your walls with cut outs of OM sings
  2. Collect flower pettles and keep them around the house in small patters
  3. Decorate tea light holders with glitter.
  4. Fill up bowls with water, add petals to them and place tea lights into the bowls
  5. Make Rangoli crafts, or actual Rangoli with chalk, rice, lentils,and other items you can find handy (you can see some ideas below).

Here are some wonderful crafts you can do with your kids for Diwali:

Rangoli with Dyed Rice from Jennifer’s Little World

Diwali Lantern from InCultureParent

Paper Cup Decor from Art Platter

Lentil Rangoli and Lights from Putti’s World


Clothes and accessories:

People wear new clothes, women decorate their hair with flowers and hands – with Henna designs, some men wear turbans.

Source: India Bazaar

Source: India Bazaar

I have written a post for my friend Leanna at All Done Monkey on a quick idea for an India inspired costume.

What you can do at home with minimal resources:

  1. Play dress up with your kids after learning about Indian clothes
  2. You can make decorantions on hands and feet with washable markers or paints


Lots of food, especially sweets, is made to enjoy with family and friends. People also offer food at the temples.

A quick and easy recipe you can share with your children you can find over at Kid World Citizen – Doodh Peda.

You can also make Chapati with your kids  – the easiest bread recipe.

Here are some great links from my fellow bloggers that you are use and incorporate

Diwali Activities for Kids from The Educator’s Spin on It

100+ Diwali Ideas from Artsty Crafsy Mom

Diwali Ideas for Kids and Teachers from Kiddy House
Diwali for Kids | Multicultural Kid Blogs

This post is part of the annual Diwali for Kids blog hop from Multicultural Kid Blogs! See the posts below for great ideas on celebrating Diwali with children. You can find even more ideas from last year’s series and on our Diwali Pinterest board:

Maple and Marigold on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Celebrating Diwali in Canada
Weaving Ideas
Maple and Marigold
Creative World of Varya
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes
My Little Moppet
All Done Monkey
Growing Up Gupta

The Educators’ Spin On It

Indian Tea Recipe {MKB Diwali For Kids 2015}


I have mentioned before in my book review that I absolutely love India. It is a beautiful country, with an amazing history, very colorful and happy. People in India know how to smile from their heart despite their current physical or emotional state.

No wonder Diwali – the Festival of Light that is celebrated between November and December – is such a beautiful and full of colors holiday.

This year MKB is once again introducing a project Diwali for Kids where bloggers share posts relevant to India, its culture, geography, cuisine and more!

In our family Indian Tea – Chai and Masala Chai (spicy or not milk tea which is made by  boiling tea leaves or tea powder with milk and spices) – is deadly loved. My father-in-law makes it nearly every day, pours it in his thermos and sips throughout the day.

Below you will find a step-by-step video recipe of how I make Masala Chai. And the ingredients and method under the video.

2 teaspoons of tea leaves or tea powder
2-3 carmadmom cloves (crushed)
Half a cinnamon stick (crushed)
1/8 (or more ) teaspoon of masala mix (optional)
A cup of milk and a cup of water
Sugar or sweetener (optional)

1. Pour milk and water into a pot. Bring it to the state when it s about to boil.
2. Mix tea, cardamom, cinnamon and Masala.
3. Pour the mix into the almost boiling milk and lower the fire.
4. Stir for about 1 minute and either turn off the fire and let it steep for 3-4 minutes, or cover and continue steeping on love fire for 2-3 minutes (for stronger tea taste).
5. Take off the stove and pour through the sift into the cup. Sweeten to taste. Serve hot.

Whatever is left after you sifted all the tea can be poured in another milk and water mix to make more tea.

I hope you enjoy making and serving this tea.


Join us in a linky over at MKB and check out what other bloggers have shared for this Diwali!

Dances of India: Book Tour {Book Review}

Today I am sharing with you a review of the book called Dances of India!

  Maya and Leela book cover

Disclosure: I was given a free copy of the book by the author in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Logos and book pages are shared with the permission of the author and are not to be used for commercial purpose without the author’s permission.

Since I was a little girl I was taken by the beauty of India’s dance art. I dreamed all my life that I could study one dance style professionally but it wasn’t meant to be and I taught myself some elements of traditional dance styles and used to perform what is called Contemporary Indian dance for a while. My heart still skips a beat when I hear beautiful Indian music and listen to Indian songs.
Hence, when the opportunity came up to review Dances of India, I was really excited: I had a chance to introduce this bit of my world to my children!
Dances of India is the first of the books in the Little Loka Series (™). Two elephant sisters Maya and Leela give children a multicultural experience by traveling around the world and introducing cultural elements of the countries they visit.little-lokas-logo_400px-small_web
The book is designed for younger children from birth to 4 but my 6 year old enjoyed it as much!
We loved how colorful the book is – the illustrations are very beautiful and attractive. And the words and descriptions are fairly simple and pass on the joy and excitement to the reader.
The book introduces the elements and the spirit of Indian dances and I honestly felt like getting up, turning on the music and dancing – that much joy there is in the book itself!
You can purchase this book directly from the website’s store or over at Amazon! This would be a great multicultural gift to the global citizen you are bringing up in your home!