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by DEVNA and MANAN LUTHRA
What we like about Diwali
* Getting presents from the family
* Turning on all the lights in the house
* Arranging the statues of the gods and goddesses and the puja plate things
* The burning of Raavan
* Putting money in the puja plate
* Making flowers rangoli
* Plucking leaves from the mango tree in the backyard to make door decoration
* Lighting candles and diyas
* Eating diamond burfi (kaju burfi)
* Diwali smell (incense sticks)
* Decorating parts of the house with tinsel (Mum uses the same ones for Xmas – how confusing)
Did you know…..
Early man may have discovered sparklers by accident when some bamboo leaves may have got thrown into a fire and resulted in a sizzle or explosion.
Sparklers and fireworks were invented by the Chinese in the 6th century.
Chemistry: Sparklers are made from metallic fuel (including aluminium, magnesium, iron, titanium and ferrotitanium).
Sparkler burns can land you in hospital.
Light one at a time.
Put burnt sparklers in a bucket of water.
You can learn how to make your own sparklers from science websites.
If sparklers can be dangerous, why do they use them on birthday cakes and at weddings?
Senko Hanabi are miniature Japanese sparklers that give off snowflake-like sparks.
Sparkler is also a term for diamonds, and for drinks made from champagne. So if you don’t like fireworks, you can still have a sparkling Diwali of a different kind!