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Broadfield classrooms turned into temples for a festival of lights

By Crawley News  |  Posted: October 31, 2012

seeing the lights:  (Left to right) Harry Ingram, Kai Spires and Ousman Jallow, all aged 6

seeing the lights: (Left to right) Harry Ingram, Kai Spires and Ousman Jallow, all aged 6

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A RELIGIOUS festival of lights was celebrated by all the children at a Broadfield school.

Pupils at Seymour Primary School got to dress up in traditional Hindu clothing, try new food and learn about Diwali during two awareness days to educate them on the religious festival.

School classrooms were turned into temples, with rows of lights scattered across the floor, last Wednesday and Thursday.

Neha Nalawade, a teacher at the school, said: "Each year we focus on a different religious festival or celebration to raise awareness and teach the children about other cultures.

"We have 26 different languages spoken at our school and we do our best to educate all the children on different religions.

"Everyone got involved right from the youngest children in Year 1 to the oldest in Year 6.

"Getting to try the savoury and sweet food proved to be particularly popular with the pupils.

"They all thoroughly enjoyed the two days and we even had our head teacher dress up for the occasion."

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