Cincinnati Museum Center to celebrate international holidays

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Museum Center is offering free, hands-on activities about Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Diwali, Christmas Around the World and Kwanzaa in the lobby of the Duke Energy Children's Museum.

This weekend, Cincinnati Museum Center is celebrating the Indian Holiday, Diwali.

Guests will have the chance to decorate their own lantern as well as participate in creating a Rangoli Design.

Rangoli is a popular art form among Indian women.  Rangoli are painted on the ground in front of houses using colored rice powder -- sometimes supplemented by flower petals and other colorful materials.

Members from the Cincinnati Museum Center stopped by FOX19 Morning News to teach FOX19's Jessica Brown how to make her own Diwali decoration.

Diwali, is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row of clay lamps that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness.

This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians. Diwali, celebrated in October or November each year, originated as a harvest festival that marked the last harvest of the year before winter.

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