How to Make a Diwali Baby Scrapbook Page

Scrapbook Memories From Baby's First Festival of Lights

Diwali is a five day Hindu festival that represents the start of the New Year and occurs in 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's scrapbook album.

Diwali Scrapbook Page Ideas

Since Diwali is a five day festival, you'll have plenty of opportunities to take photos. Try to get one good picture to represent each day.

Combine the photos into a collage with short captions describing how you celebrated each aspect of Diwali.

The first day of Diwali, known as Dhanteras, typically involves shopping for the clothing, lights, fireworks and other supplies that are needed for the festival. Describe your baby's reactions to the shopping trip and what items they 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 the special people in their life. If you have room in your baby scrapbook album, have grandparents, aunts and uncles write notes about Diwali traditions. Incorporate their keepsake notes into the page so your child can read them when they're 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 "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, or 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 their reaction to the taste and texture of these new foods.

On the fifth day of Diwali, called Bhai Dooj, people celebrate by spending time with their brothers and sisters. Share anecdotes about the special bond your child has with their siblings or talk about how the ways in which your siblings enjoy spending time with their little brother or sister.

Diwali Scrapbook Page Titles

About Hinduism has a great article about the top children's books that celebrate 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. Some other 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

Assembling the Diwali Scrapbook Page

Unfortunately there are currently no major scrapbook supply manufacturers that make Diwali-inspired paper or embellishments.

However, there are a number of digital downloads that you can use to create special pages for your baby scrapbook album.

  • Daisy Trail has a free Diwali digital scrapbook kit that features patterned papers, embellishments and photo frames. The kit is designed to work with Serif Digital Scrapbook Artist or CraftArtist 2.
  • Scrapbook Presentations has two free patterned papers for Diwali layouts.
  • Activity Village has downloads of colorful PDF papers.

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 colors like rose, teal and tangerine would also be lovely choices for accompanying photos of your baby celebrating their first Diwali.

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