Diwali: Festival of Lights

Diwali: Festival of Lights

by Rina Singh


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During Diwali, Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrate the legends and stories that describe the triumph of good over evil and justice over oppression. Critically acclaimed author Rina Singh explores her Indian roots as she tells the Diwali stories, which remind us that eventually light will prevail over darkness.

Enriched by personal stories and spiced with festive recipes, including two by acclaimed chef, Vikram Vij, Diwali: Festival of Lights brings to life the holiday’s traditions, food and rituals and takes you on a journey to see how this festival is celebrated around the world!

Diwali is the second book in the Orca Origins series, which examines how ancient traditions are kept alive in the modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459810075
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Series: Orca Origins Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Rina Singh has published several critically acclaimed books for children inspired by her Indo-Canadian heritage. Diwali: A Festival of Lights was nominated for the Red Cedar Award, and A Forest of Stories has been translated into many languages. For more information, visit www.rinasingh.com.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: What Is Diwali?

  • The Hindu Legends of Diwali
  • Rama’s Legend
  • Krishna’s Legend
  • Lakshmi’s Legend
  • The Days of Diwali
  • Hindu Diwali
  • Sikh Diwali
  • Jain Diwali
  • Aditya’s Story
Chapter Two: The History of Indian Immigration
  • Coming to North America
  • United States
  • Canada
  • The Komagata Maru
  • After the Komagata Maru Incident
  • Swati’s Story
  • Nimrat’s Story
Chapter Three: The Evolution of Diwali
  • The Changing Face of Diwali in India
  • Mithai Gets a Makeover
  • Widows Celebrate Diwali
  • Diwali in North America Now
  • Mitra’s Story
  • Sapna’s Story
Chapter Four: Diwali Around the World
  • Diwali in India
  • Jaipur
  • Varanasi
  • West Bengal and Assam
  • Goa
  • Diwali in the Slums of Mumbai
  • Kerala
  • Diwali Outside India
  • Nepal
  • Great Britain
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad
A final word from the author
References and Resources

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