Some time between mid-October and mid-November each year, East Indians spend five days celebrating their most important holiday: Diwali. The popular festival has become known as a celebration of light in part because of small clay lamps that families light outside of their homes. The flames are believed to welcome good and send away evil. Although we live halfway across the globe, I love introducing my boys to other cultures and traditions. And I was excited to commemorate this beautiful holiday by creating our own version of the treasured Diwali lamps.
Baby food jars can be turned into all sorts of unusual things so when my youngest son refused to eat green peas, I tucked the jars away for a craft project down the road. (I promise I'm not a hoarder!) Fast forward six months and I was relieved to find that the jars could finally be put to good use. I added them to our pile of materials along with strips of bright orange tissue paper. You could really use any color for this project.