Last Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011, Hindus here in Singapore celebrated Deepavali, or Diwali, the festival of lights.
“Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (diyas or dīpas) in Sanskrit: दीप) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are burst in order to drive away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.” – Wikipedia
Last year, when we did a unit study on Deepavali, we read about the epic story Ramayana, and learned a bit about Hanuman, the Hindu Monkey God. In line with this year’s celebration of Deepavali, my kids and I are going through this interesting take on Where’s Wally? — a book called Where’s Hanuman? written by Alister Taylor and illustrated by Christopher Woods and Ben McClintic. We’ve only gone through the first two scenes, Sita’s Wedding and Rama’s Battle with Parasurama, so far. My 11-year-old daughter quite easily found Hanuman and the other hidden characters and items. My 6-year-old son, however, struggled with finding the tiny images amidst the crowded scenes. So I teamed up with him and we eventually found Hanuman.
Where’s Hanuman? is a fun and easy way for my kids and I to remember and learn more about the epic story Ramayana. If you enjoy look-and-find books and challenges and want to learn about Hanuman and the Ramayana story, this book is a great find.