By Susan Dillon
Fire prevention, Columbus Day, and Halloween are just some of the holidays and observances in this unit. The season is autumn, and here are great ideas and activities to help you celebrate October holidays:
• Child Health Day
• Columbus Day
• Fire Prevention Week
• Fall Harvests Around the World
Holiday History: Diwali, the Hindu New Year, is known as the Festival of Lights. The light celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It is said that on this day Rama, the hero of an Indian tale, returned to his people after winning a fight against the demon king Ravana. In India and other countries, people who practice Hinduism place candles or hang small clay lanterns called diyas inside and outside their homes. The holiday occurs in the fall on the new moon, when the sky is darkest, so the illuminated homes brighten the night.