Children dress up for Diwali festival

Indian dance for Diwali at Stubbings Infant School, Hebden Bridge with Alfie Hackett aged four, Mahni Beck aged five and Priya Sundar from  Annapurna Indian Dance.
Indian dance for Diwali at Stubbings Infant School, Hebden Bridge with Alfie Hackett aged four, Mahni Beck aged five and Priya Sundar from Annapurna Indian Dance.

Pupils from all ages at Stubbings Infant School have been taking part in a week long Diwali celebration.

Diwali, also known as the ‘festival of light’ is one of the most well-known Hindu festivals, honouring Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth.

The week’s activities, organised by assistant head Rachel Kirby, involved some of the younger pupils taking part in Deity role plays whilst the older pupils made traditional samosas and Divali Lamps.

The Halifax dance company Annapurna visited the school during the week, to introduce the cultural heritage of India through dance and storytelling. All of the children then performed their dance, which was open for parents to watch.

Deputy head Vanessa Dear commented on the successful week: “We have especially concentrated on celebrating cohesion and enriching the children’s curriculum about other religions.”