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4 Easy Ways To Teach Your Kids The Meaning Of ‘Abundance’ This Diwali

ABUNDANCE (noun)- Plentifulness of the good things of life; prosperity.- from Latin abundantia - ‘overflowing’

The festival of Diwali begins with Dhan Teras, the day we bow to Lord Kuber and Goddess Lakshmi, buying precious metals for continued prosperity; and continues on to the actual day of Diwali. Over time, prosperity and abundance have come to mean only wealth to most Indians. While we continue to tell our kids the legends of the victory of “light over darkness” and “good over evil”, somewhere along the line the essence of practising ‘goodness’ on Diwali has been diluted.

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Dusshera is not simply about the defeat of Raavan, but symbolic of Dasa-hara, defeating ten negative traits within ourselves. The practice of cleaning is symbolic of clean hearts. The lighting up of the house is symbolic of the light within our souls. Abundance means overflowing with goodness and light. When we overflow, there is more than enough for others. And that aspect needs to come up front and centre in our Diwali traditions - the practice of giving, the attitude of gratitude, a conscious ritual of goodness!

So along with the buying, dressing up, decorating and praying; incorporate some sharing, giving and thanking into your Diwali practices. Over the years, your kids will assimilate this ‘goodness’ and ‘thankfulness’ into their essence. Here are some simple ideas:

1. Sharing with a street kid

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Get your kids to distribute some Diwali goodies to the street kids. It’ll be fun and rewarding.

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2. Visit a friend

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Make a few visits to friends’ homes with thoughtful gifts and make sure to involve your kids in the process. In fact, visit a few of their friends too!

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3. So, what are you grateful for?

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Spend some part of your family Diwali puja verbalizing what each of you are truly grateful for.

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4. Secret Lakshmi, anyone?!

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Borrowing from Christmas, create a Secret-Goddess Lakshmi game – little surprise gifts, not just for the family, but also for the house-help and building help.

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5. Thank-you notes

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Set up a ‘Thank you’ jar to be filled with little notes through the year – you can read them all the next Diwali.

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I wish all of you a Happy Diwali, filled with light, goodness and abundance!

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