Diwali Family Guide for Metro Detroit Families

Diwali, a five-day Festival of Lights, kicks off on Nov. 4, 2021. Here are some fun ways you and your family can celebrate.

Diwali is as one of India’s biggest holidays that occurs each fall. Also known as the festival of lights, the five-day religious holiday focuses on hope and positivity. The main celebration will occur on Nov. 4 this year.

Here in Metro Detroit, many families might wonder how to celebrate Diwali in 2021. We’ve rounded up the best kid-friendly ways to mark the holiday, including local events, recipes and more activities.


Diwali Festival of Lights Celebration

Oct. 22, 2021

Activities will include Indian cultural performances, music, and dancing, as well as a children’s activity. In addition, a photo opportunity will be available featuring clothing displays. Henna and Indian snacks from Authentikka will also be available on site for an additional fee.

Diwali Festival of Light

Nov. 3, 2021

The event will feature a Diwali craft, dancing, Rangoli, a henna artist and a glow roll (decorate yourself and/or your bike in all the glowing things to travel around the Riverside Park trail). If you don’t know much about Diwali, this is a great event to learn more and all are welcome.


Read Binny’s Diwali

Photo credit: Amazon

 You’ll enjoy reading this story about a girl named Binny, who’s nervous to share her favorite holiday, Diwali, with her class. This is also a great book to learn more about Diwali with your kids.

Diwali Recipes for Kids

You can’t forget about food when celebrating Diwali! Buzzing Bubs shares a round-up of Diwali recipes that kids will love. You can enjoy something savory like Sabudana vada, a deep-fried snack, or something sweet like coconut sooji ladoos.

Diwali Crafts for Kids

When celebrating the festival of lights, many families clean up their homes and then decorate with colorful decorations. Your kids can try out one of these Diwali crafts from The Joy of Sharing to help with decorating or perhaps make a gift for a loved one.

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