DLTK's Countries and Cultures - India
Diwali Diyas (candles)

Sunita, one of our viewers, writes:  The Indian New Year is Diwali and we celebrate good over evil by lighting rows of lamps or 'diyas'.  Thanks Sunita!

A Diwali Diya is a small lamp that is lit especially at Diwali (New Year's in India).  Diyas are typically made of clay with Ghee or oil used as the fuel and cotton wool as the wick.



Choose and prepare one of the clay recipes (or use store bought clay such as Sculpey clay).  All of the recipes work fine and depend on the ingredients you have on hand.  I prefer the last version

Show the children the tealight candle and remind them that their pot must be large enough for the candle to fit inside.

roll clay into a ballForm the clay into a Diya using one of two methods (option 1 is easier than option 2):

Option 1:  Pinch Pot method

roll a snake from the clay Option 2:  Coil Pot method


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