You are Invited to our Celebration of Diwali, a Global Harvest Festival
Families, Friends, and Alumni are invited to our school celebration of Diwali, a Global Harvest Festival, on Wednesday, October 23 at 8:30am in the Pavilion.
The assembly will include a short presentation from Mrs. Bajpai about Diwali traditions and history, singing of Mantras, a Gamelan performance by the 5th grade and other class performances, and the creation of a mandala. The assembly will be followed by two tabla workshops for students with CWS former student and current parent Loren Oppenheimer.
Students should wear “nice” school clothes, and bring layers as it will likely be chilly.
Diwali is a five-day Hindu festival of lights, held in the period from October to November. It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the fiscal year in India. It comes at harvest time and it unites three different streams of Hindu religions. Families and friends gather in homes brightly lit with oil lamps and candles. Women dress in their finest, most colorful saris and decorate their doorway floors with bright powders in intricate Rangoli designs. Sweets and cakes are freely offered and gifts are exchanged amid joyous family reunions that culminate in firework displays.
Tying our Waldorf100 commitment of community service to the harvest and the season of gratitude, we will be collecting food donations which will be donated to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry here in Charlottesville. Please bring your non-perishable food donation to the Diwali Assembly on Wednesday, October 23!