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Diwali in my New Home by Shachi Kaushik & Aishwarya Tandon

Diwali in my New Home is the heartwarming story of how Priya and her family find a different way to celebrate Diwali in their new home, thousands of miles away from family and friends in India.

The Story: Diwali is Priya’s favourite holiday but this year will be different. Priya is 9000 miles away from India and nobody in her new school or neighbourhood celebrates Diwali. But when the neighbours stop and ask what the amazing smells coming from Priya’s house are and why they are hanging lights up, Papa invites them to celebrate Diwali with them.

Diwali’s traditions and customs are introduced to Priya’s neighbours through her family’s preparations – baking, cleaning and decorating the house. The sights and smells of Diwali, the festival of lights, are intertwined with the descriptions of the celebrations which start with prayers at sunset, singing and offerings to the goddesses. New vocabulary is introduced as we learn the deities’ names, what decorations are called and more about the clothing that is worn.

The illustrations are vibrant and colourful and convey the sense of celebration and happiness that Priya’s family feel as they celebrate with their neighbours. But Aishwarya Tandon has also done a great job of showing Priya’s sadness as she tries to accept that nobody in her new environment celebrates a festival that is so important to her.

  • Diwali in my New Home - Story Snug
  • Diwali in my New Home - Story Snug

At the end of the book we are given more information about Diwali and why it is celebrated. Diwali is celebrated over five to six days during autumn, the dates are different each year and we learnt that Diwali is celebrated on the third day of the five day festival. A glossary explains the vocabulary that is used in Priya’s story, we were introduced to unfamiliar vocabulary including diya (a clay oil lamp) and puja (a prayer ritual).

Diwali in my New Home is a fabulous story to introduce Diwali to nursery and primary school pupils. It can be used to initiate discussions about the different festivals that they celebrate and promote empathy and understanding of different cultural traditions.

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Shachi Kaushik / Illustrator: Aishwarya Tandon

Thank you to Suzy Senior for sending us a review copy of Diwali in my New Home.

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10 responses to “Diwali in my New Home by Shachi Kaushik & Aishwarya Tandon”

  1. RaisieBay avatar

    What a wonderful idea to introduce Diwali to younger children. I know my children joined in Diwali celebrations in primary school, which has been quite a few years ago now. We are not of that religion but it’s nice to learn and understand other’s celebrations. I’m glad that Priya was able to celebrate so far from her homeland.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I think the book is a lovely way to introduce Diwali to young children and it explains the celebration and customs in a really child friendly way 🙂

  2. stickymudandbellylaughs avatar

    What a lovely way to share different cultural traditions. I love that Priya’s family shared Diwali celebrations with their new neighbours.
    Diwali in my New Home is beautifully illustrated too! 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s wonderful that they could share their celebration with new friends 🙂

  3. Shachi avatar

    Thank you

    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome Shachi! It’s a fantastic introduction to Diwali 🙂

  4. Carol avatar

    I like the way the family shares their holiday with their neighbors. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s lovely isn’t it, a wonderful experience for everybody 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is! It’s a really heartwarming story 🙂