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Diwali Celebrations, by Avishek Mukherjee

Diwali, the festival of lights, is a time for families and friends to come together to celebrate. The story of Diwali is a popular story that has been adapted in several Indian arts and crafts and is the inspiration for several dance and music performances. Google Arts & Culture has created Diwali @ Home, a collection of fun and playful elements, cultural stories and dance performances.

One of the many legends around Diwali can be found in the epic Ramayana and are often adapted in Indian Classical dance. Enjoy a series of Bharatanatyam performances based on key episodes from the epic Ramayana by Shreyasi Gopinath, a Bharatnatyan dancer and teacher.

Discover the story of Ramayana as Shreyasi performs an introduction to the epic, the killing of Ravana, and the return of Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana to Ayodhya when the populace lit the city upon their return, thus beginning the tradition of lightning diyas on Diwali.

Diwali: the story and ways of celebration

Read the story of Diwali and unearth the many legends of Diwali, or travel back in time to experience how Diwali was celebrated long ago through Indian Miniature paintings from the Mughal period and in Kishangarh, Rajasthan. Take some inspiration from rangoli designs and lamp traditions from India to decorate your house or try some traditional Diwali recipes! Discover the important role Indian crafts have in Diwali traditions and read about ganjappa, a lost card game.

Teachers and parents can now download a lesson plan in Hindi and English to introduce students to Diwali in engaging and fun ways. Students will learn about the various legends, customs and traditions and arts & crafts associated with Diwali with activities based on pedagogical concepts.

Have fun with friends and family

We’re also launching multiplayer Diwali-themed jigsaw puzzles that you can piece together with family and friends virtually. Puzzle away online during the holiday - you can even choose between difficulty settings for everyone, from the beginners to the pros.

We hope Diwali @ Home inspires you to celebrate Diwali safely from the comfort of your home with Google Arts & Culture, available on iOS and Android.

Happy Diwali!