This week the children are learning about Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Â The children worked in the outdoor area to act out the story of Prince Rama and Princess Sita being banished from their kingdomÂ to a cottage in the forest.
Prince Rama is lured away from the cottage by a golden deer, leaving Sita behind. Ravana, a 10 headed demon, disguises himself as an old man and tricks Sita into opening the door. Sita is kidnapped by Ravana and is taken by chariot to his kingdom, the island of Lanka.
Prince Rama returns to find Sita is gone and searches everywhere for her.
He calls on Hanuman, King of the monkeys, to help find Sita.
Hanuman finally locates Sita and returns to tell Prince Rama where she is. They return to Lanka with an army of bears and monkeys and build a bridge across the water to reach Sita.
Prince Rama takes a special arrow and uses it to defeat Ravana.
The villagers put out lots of lights to light the way home for Prince Rama and Princess Sita.
The children had lots of fun role playing this important Hindu Festival, all willingly taking on a role and confidently acting out the story.
Can the children retell part of the story to you?