Aspire Early Education and Kindergarten Celebrates Diwali with the Community
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is one of the most significant and widely celebrated festivals in India and by expatriate Indian communities around the world. It is a multi-day Hindu festival that typically lasts for five days, and usually falls in October or November, depending on the Hindu lunar calendar.
Diwali is often referred to as the “Festival of Lights” because it represents the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.
Aspire Early Education recognises the importance of learning and celebrating different cultures within its curriculum, and that’s why Aspire centres recently came together to acknowledge and celebrate the festival.
From 6 – 10 November Aspire centres participated in a range of Diwali inspired activities, including decorating service foyers with flower garlands and lights, baking traditional food and treats, clay making and drawing, creating candles from different craft materials and much more.
As well as participating in various experiences at a centre level, Aspire also held Diwali events at some of their centres where they invited the community to celebrate.
At Aspire’s Tarneit North centre a Diwali Disco Night was held on 3 November, where families and community members were invited to the centre for an evening of traditional dancing, music entertainment, face painting, henna, and lots of delicious food.
“The importance of celebrating Diwali as a cultural event in my centre provides an opportunity to build a connection with the wider community, and for children to explore different cultures and experience how they celebrate festivals,” Tarneit North’s Centre Manger Sharan Kaur said. “Our Aspire Tarneit North Diwali event saw happy faces all around, with children and families dancing in joy.”
Aspire Cranbourne West also held a community Diwali event, which featured local small businesses who set up various stalls, the SES Narre Warren Unit, Denver from Sketchroo, a range of food trucks, dancing, and music.
Aspire is also fortunate enough to have a partnership with Lendlease and collaborated with them to offer free Diwali events to the Atherstone and Wollert communities, which have been developed by Lendlease. These Diwali events included music and live performances by Bollywood dancers, face painting, henna artists, sports activities and more.
“Our Diwali event was filled with vibrant colours, music, Bollywood dance performances, and kids’ activities, which showcased the rich cultural heritage of the Festival of Lights,” Atherstone’s Centre Manager Ivran Kuar explained.
“This inclusive and heart-warming event truly exemplified the power of coming together to celebrate and embrace each other’s traditions. It was an unforgettable experience for the community.”
The entire Aspire team expressed their thanks for the support which came from Lendlease, saying “community is at the heart of all we do, and we loved giving people in the community a chance to celebrate a tradition that is important to their culture and home.”
To learn more about Aspire’s programs and curriculum and the work they do with the community, visit their website here.
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