This week at Paintpots Manchester, we celebrated the festival Holi as part of our country of the month celebrations for India.
Holi is part of the religion Hinduism, and during Holi celebrations people throw coloured powder, paint and coloured water at each other. Holi is also known as the ‘festival of colours’. Our children enjoy this celebration as they get extremely messy and have lots of fun with each other in a big paint fight. Activities like this help to build children’s confidence to join in group activities, self-esteem and helps build their relationships skills with one another too.
Our children have been learning about Holi during their calendar time every morning in the run up to it, when talking about the seasons. Holi is the celebration which occurs at the end of winter to mark the beginning of the new season, spring. Holi also celebrates new life as well as colour and energy of the new season; it also celebrates love and triumph of good over evil.
The celebration is usually over two days. The first day is usually Holika Dahan, which is celebrated by lighting bonfires. We celebrated it on the second day which is Rangwali Holi, by having our colourful paint fight. All the colours of the rainbow are symbolic in Hinduism.
Holi also links to our British Values which we actively promote here at Paintpots. We do this by understanding and learning about different countries, faiths, traditions and cultures and also by the rule of law. Holi celebrates the victory of good over evil and so discussions were added for our children to learn about this in regards to rule of law. We also encourage democracy and individual liberty. We invite children’s opinions and ideas for activities, ensuring turn taking and sharing, and we allow children to take risks and explore their feelings.
We also introduced colour recognition to this activity and explored different materials by encouraging the children to mix the powder paint with water, discussing causes and effect.