Diwali, a five day Hindu festival representing the start of the New Year, occurs in either late October or early November. If your family plans to celebrate Diwali, don't forget to include memories from this special occasion in your baby scrapbook album.
Ideas for Diwali Scrapbook Layouts
Since Diwali is a five day festival, you'll have plenty of opportunities to plan for a special baby scrapbook layout. Try to get one good picture to represent each day, then combine the photos into a collage with short captions describing how you celebrated each aspect of Diwali.
The first day of Diwali, known as Dhan teras, typically involves shopping for the clothing, lights, fireworks, and other supplies that are needed for the festival. Describe your baby's reactions to this shopping trip and what items he seemed to enjoy the most.
The second day of Diwali, known as Naraka Chaturdasi, often involves meeting with friends and family and letting older children light firecrackers to ward off demons. Take lots of pictures of baby with special people in his life. If you have room in your baby scrapbook album, have grandparents, aunts, and uncles write notes about Diwali traditions that you can include your layout as keepsakes for your child to read when he is older.
The third day of the festival is the actual day of Diwali, which occurs at the advent of a new moon. This is when clay lamps and candles are lit, which gives the Diwali celebration the nickname of "Festival of Lights." Use the nighttime setting on your digital camera to snap a picture of your baby gazing at the beautiful lights.
The fourth day of Diwali, also known as Annakut, celebrates Krishna defeating Indra and typically involves a substantial meal with special sweet treats. Get pictures of your baby enjoying the goodies. Make note of his reaction to the taste and texture of these new foods.
On the fifth day of Diwali, called Bhayiduj, people celebrate by spending time with their brothers and sisters. Share anecdotes about the special bond your child has with his siblings or talk about how the ways in which your siblings enjoy spending time with your baby.
Some possible ideas for titles to use on your Diwali scrapbook page include:
- The Diwali Night Is Full of Lights
- The Festival of Light Is Full of Delight
- You Double the Charm of My Diwali Night
- Fill Your Life With the Colors and Lights of Happiness
About Hinduism has a listing of the top children's books for celebrating Diwali. If you read these stories to your baby as part of your family festivities, consider using a few quotes from your favorite book as part of your scrapbook journaling.
Creating Your Diwali Scrapbook Page
Unfortunately, there are currently no major scrapbook supply manufacturers creating paper or embellishments for Diwali layouts. However, there are a number of digital downloads that you can use to create special pages for your baby scrapbook album.
- About India Travel has some beautiful Diwali images that you might be able to incorporate into your scrapbook layout.
- Daisy Trail has a free Diwali digital scrapbook kit that features patterned papers, embellishments, and photo frames for this important holiday. The kit is designed to work with Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist or Craft Artist Software. However, you can download a free version of Craft Artist Compact from the site if you do not want to purchase these programs.
- Scrapbook Presentations has two free patterned papers for Diwali layouts.
- Activity Village has downloads of colorful PDF papers for Diwali.
When creating your Diwali layouts, look for supplies that feature glitter, gemstones, or sparkling metals to play off the idea of a festival of lights. Paisley patterned papers in bright color, rose, teal, or tangerine would also be lovely choices for accompanying photos of your baby celebrating his first Diwali.