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Diwali delights add colour to preschool
Lavender Lane Gungahlin early childhood centre celebrates Diwali with Bollywoo beats, dance and delicious
traditional cuisine inspired by the centre's educators who contributed 25 dishes in a banquet showcasing the
diversity of Indian cuisine.
Photo: Georgina Connery
in festival fun
Pumping Bollywood beats and vivid
traditional decoration made for an
exceptional pre-school drop off on
Friday as Lavender Lane Gungahlin s
Diwali celebrations got under way.
Centre director Mardi Edwards said,
along with dressing up in brightly
coloured ornate saris, the staff had
organised a wide variety of activities.
"It s a perfect opportunity to expose
the children another cultural
celebration," she said.
"Because it is the festival of light
they have been creating lanterns, doing
clay-making and we have a band and
dance troupe visiting today too."
Anita Rani emigrated from India six
years ago and works in the toddlers
Along with several other staff
members, she brought touches from
her region to the day.
"We all created this rangoli with
coloured rice," Ms Rani said. "We are
all from different states across India.
Today is a great way to respect and
acknowledge everyone s different
ways of observing the festival."
Centre educators contributed 25
dishes which were shared in the
showcasing the diversity of Indian
Mrs Edwards said it was the fourth
year the centre had held Diwali
celebrations and each year was more
spectacular than the last.
After the morning dance and music
sessions each of the 120 children aged
up to five years old tucked into a
vegetable curry lunch with saffron rice
and a poppadum.
With such a flurry of activity it was
hard for children to sit still, but those
who did took part in painting delicate
henna body art.
FUN FOR ALL AGES AT
Thee Ngunnawal Primary School
fete is set for Saturday, November 16,
and there will be fun for everyone.
A white elephant store, face
painting and a jumping castle will be
part of the fun on the day.
The fete takes place at Ngunnawal
Primary School, Unaipon Avenue,
Ngunnawal, from 10am to 2pm.
FESTIVAL OF CANDLES
LIGHTS UP NOVEMBER
The Australia-Thailand Association
will hold its Loy Krathong dinner at
the Chong Co Thai Restaurant on the
foreshore at 31 Eastlake Parade,
Kingston, on Thursday, November
13, from 6.30pm. The dinner
celebrates Thailand s festival of
candles on November s full-moon
Members $35, non-members
$40. If you are interested in
attending, contact Peter Siripol at
0401 867 982 or e-mail
gov.au. Bookings essential.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The inaugural Braidwood Open
Gardens event is on this weekend,
raising money for the town s non-
profit preschool. The event will
provide a rare glimpse into a unique
part of the town s history. Four
gardens will open, dating back to the
1830s. The weekend will also feature
face painting, pony rides, Devonshire
tea and sausage sizzle. Entry is $5 per
garden (kids free). Opening hours are
10am to 4pm both days. For details,
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