Shreya and Pratik's family made this years Diwali a specula event for our school.
People wore beautiful, colourful clothes called sari. One of the traditions of Diwali is wearing new clothes. We were allowed to wear mufti instead of uniform.
Lots of Waikino School families and people from our community came to enjoy special food, dancing and to light candles to attract the goddess Lakshmi.
Lakshmi is a female god with four arms, who brings presents just like Santa does. She is the goddess of wealth and prosperity and is very beautiful. She likes flowers and light so we were lighting candles for her.
We made pretty rangoli patterns, bright diyas and colourful, paper flowers to decorate Te Kauri.
We hung our flowers at the door for Lakshmi.
When Neesha and Priya had finished their dance we were invited to begin our food. We started with samosas and another lovely treat that was a bit like a cake but not as sweet. We had drinks and sat outside to eat our food. It was delicious! It tasted different to most of the food we usually eat and some of it was quite spicy.
The samosas were crunchy and spicy, "I loved mine and ate all of it and some of Nicholas's" Lucy.
While we were eating Kyle and Lliam helped everybody to make sure that their plates and cups were put into the right bins. It was really important for us to recycle and compost as much as possible from the event. All of the plates were different and we needed to check to see if they could be recycled.
The big dinner plates were compostable, that means they will break down. We were hoping for very few things to go to landfill so we had the smallest bin there.