The following script can be used in a Diwali assembly celebration. … Daughter: No silly Billy it’s November and it’s that special time of the year called Diwali …
DIWALI ASSEMBLY SCRIPT
Concept developed by Dave Morris.
The following script can be used in a Diwali assembly celebration. It was designed for Year 5 children to perform in front of children aged between 3 and 11. Narrator 1: Welcome to our assembly. Recently the Hindu community celebrated a special religious festival called Diwali. The religion Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religions. People who follow the religion are called Hindus. Hinduism began in India many centuries ago. Narrator 2: Like other religions Hindus have special festivals during the year. Diwali is one of the best-known Hindu festivals. It is a New Year festival and takes place in the autumn around October and November. The festival has different parts to it. As a New Year Festival it is about new beginnings. Narrator 3: (group of children decorate pretend house; use tinsel etc) Before the festival day the house is cleaned from top to bottom. It is then decorated with different coloured glitter and tinsel. Little clay lamps called divas are lit and placed in the windows and outside the front door. This is to attract the attention of Lakshmi and to welcome her to the house (show picture of Lakshmi). Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth and all Hindus hope she will visit their homes and bless them with a prosperous new year. (Light up divas for 4 children, play euphoric music and 4 children walk round hall.) _______________________________________________________________________ A play: The missing Diwali Tinsel Dad: (needs tinsel attached to bottom!!) Come on you two hurry up with that cleaning, get that dustpan and brush moving. If you don’t hurry up your mum will be back soon and you know how she wants everything clean. Son: But dad why does everything have to be so clean? Have we got the queen coming round tomorrow for jelly and ice cream? Daughter: No silly Billy it’s November and it’s that special time of the year called Diwali We have to decorate the house with tinsel and glittering objects to celebrate. Son: Dad I know I might sound a little silly, but why are these little lamps called BEAVERS? I don’t know why they are called after furry animals that live in America. Dad: Oh dear how silly you are. They are called Divas; look I will spell it for you, here D.I.V.A.S. Now do you get it? (Son nods) just aswell I am not silly like you. Well let’s carry on now. Right, where is that green tinsel I need for the mantelpiece? Can you see it children? Son: Er, well I thought I saw it on that chair over there. Er, but it’s not there now.