Children celebrate Hindi new year

A PUPPET show has been performed to educate children about the Hindi New Year, being celebrated this month.Estimations suggest nearly 1,000 Hindi people in the Ipswich area will be celebrating Diwali, one of the biggest Hindu festivals, on Friday .

A PUPPET show has been performed to educate children about the Hindi New Year, being celebrated this month.

Estimations suggest nearly 1,000 Hindi people in the Ipswich area will be celebrating Diwali, one of the biggest Hindu festivals, on Friday .

And pre-school children in Ipswich were given a performance of the story via a puppet show at Ipswich County Library.

Suffolk County Councils Asian Library Services assistant Sonali Choudhury created the puppets and performed the show with a colleague.

She said the ancient epic tale Ramayana, which is said to tell the origins of the Festival of lights - where

households burn special Diwali clay lamps known as diyas to light the way for the goddess - was simplified for the children.

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In the afternoon, the library also staged a talk by Vianya Kulkarni about the festival and children's Diwali crafts, made earlier in the day, are now on display in the children's library.