Diwali Guide for Chicagoland Families

The main celebration for Diwali occurs on Nov. 4, 2021. Here are some fun ways you and your family can celebrate.

Diwali is as one of India’s biggest holidays that occurs each fall. Also known as the festival of lights, the five-day religious holiday focuses on hope and positivity. The main celebration will occur on Nov. 4 this year.

Here in Chicagoland, many families might wonder how to celebrate Diwali in 2021. We’ve rounded up the best kid-friendly ways to mark the holiday, including local events, recipes and more activities. 


Diwali Storytime Celebration

Nov. 3, 2021

Award-winning children’s author Ajanta Chakraborty will lead storytime featuring the new Maya & Neel India Adventure book, Let’s Learn About Ramayana! Following the story of Diwali, join the Bubbles Academy team for a Diwali-themed art project. Recommended for ages 2 and up.

Fall Festival of Lights

Nov. 6, 2021

Join in the family fun for a fall-themed celebration featuring the harvest and Diwali traditions! Take part in a variety of games, crafts and activities your little ones are bound to enjoy.


Binny’s Diwali

You’ll enjoy reading this story about a girl named Binny, who’s nervous to share her favorite holiday, Diwali, with her class. This is also a great book to learn more about Diwali with your kids.

Diwali Recipes for Kids

You can’t forget about food when celebrating Diwali! Buzzing Bubs shares a round-up of Diwali recipes that kids will love. You can enjoy something savory like Sabudana vada, a deep-fried snack, or something sweet like coconut sooji ladoos.

Diwali Crafts for Kids

When celebrating the festival of lights, many families clean up their homes and then decorate with colorful decorations. Your kids can try out one of these Diwali crafts from The Joy of Sharing to help with decorating or perhaps make a gift for a loved one.

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