Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates spring, love, and new life. Some families hold religious ceremonies, but for many Holi is more a time for fun. It's a colourful festival, with dancing, singing and throwing of powder paint and coloured water. Holi is also known as the "festival of colours".Holi marks the arrival of spring and the end of winter.Today at Koala Corner we celebrated Holi the festival of colours. We sat all the children down and I explained to the children what we were about to do and that we are celebrating Holi and the Holi was a festival of colours. I also explained the rules about when they were throwing the powder at each other no one was allowed to throw it in others peoples faces. Once I had finished talking each of the educators took a packet of coloured power, the children then went over to an educator to get some powder into their hands. Once everyone had some they were then allowed to throw it at each other. As their powder run out the children went back for more. Alex, Daphne, Grace, Jenayah, Laye and Tevita took great delight in getting the educators with the powder when they threw it at the educators they laughed and laughed. Gok went over to Stacey and Stacey put some colour on him and he seemed to like it as he went back for more. Nyibol, Kristiayn, Isaiah, Hunter, Elya, Prisha, Aarvi, James, Novia, Nathan, Mun, Marlee, Pilar and Neveah were happy to throw the coloured powder at each other. After we were finished with the powder the children went up the top of the possums yard and did some dancing. Asna, Jenayah, Neveah and Pilar all formed a circle by joining hands and dancing around in a circle.
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Outcomes: 1: Children have a strong sense of identity Elements: 1.1 Children feel safe, secure, and supported. The children participated in the Holi celebrations but some children chose not to and played in the sandpit with an educator close by.
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Critical reflection. I was able to provide the children with activities from another culture. I was able to provide intentional teaching by talking about what Hoil was and Explaining what was expected of the children regarding the rules. I also provided an inclusive activity where all children could be involved no matter their cultural background, ability, and age. It was an excellent activity for the children to socialize with one another. Follow up More cultural celebrations,