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Pupils get in festival spirit for Diwali day.

ENTHUSIASTIC school pupils in Yarm lit up a dull November day with their Diwali celebrations.

Diwali, popularly known as the festival of lights, is one of the most important festivals of the year in the Hindu calendar.

The youngsters at Levendale Primary School, aged from three to 11 years, took part in a range of activities for their own celebrations.

This included making Rangoli patterns, clay divas, tasting traditional Hindu food, learning Hindu dances and making mendi hand patterns using henna.

The Year 2 pupils (ages six and seven) performed their own Rama and Sita play in costume to the whole school.

Lesley McMullen, RE subject leader, said the day went really well.

"Even the school kitchen got involved in the Diwali celebrations by providing an Indian themed lunch menu for the children to enjoy," she said.

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ACTIVITIES: Above are Jamie Greenan, front, with from left Rustil Partha, Keira Donoghue, Beth Davies, Katherine Williams, Addi Azam and Vedansh Jasingh. Left are Sami Khelifi and Scarlet Carr from Year 3 Pictures by IAN MCINTYRE

CELEBRATION: Natsumi Lim from Year 1 with Reema Mishra who gave her a mendi hand pattern using henna
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 10, 2012
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