Celebrating Diwali Using the homophones There, Their and They’re
Learning OutcomesBy the end of the session you will be able to: • Recognise in which context to use “there, their and they’re”. • Recall some facts about the Hindu festival Diwali.
Icebreaker • Which festivals do people celebrate in different religions? • How much do you know about these festivals? • Where did you learn about them?
The Festival of Lights • Celebrated by Hindus for five days during October or November to celebrate the New Year. • Hindus believe that this “festival of lights” will drive out the darkness which brings evil and bad luck. • In Sanskrit “Deepawali” is a combination of two words “Deepa” meaning light and “Avali” meaning a row. • Families light small clay lamps called Divas to welcome Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. • There are also colourful sand-painted Rangoli designs, floral decorations and fireworks.
There, Their & They’re • Homophones: Words which sound the same but are spelt differently. • “There, there and they’re” are very commonly misspelt.
There • Used when making a statement: • “THERE are many lights, fireworks and colourful displays called Rangoli during Diwali” • “THERE are five days in the Diwali festival of light”
Their • Used when something belongs to or is associated with two or more people: • “They believe that THEIR goddess Lakshmi will bring them wealth and prosperity” • “THEIR homes are decorated with colourful diva lamps”
They’re • Short for “they are”: • “THEY’RE celebrating the New Year” • “THEY’RE celebrating on Diwali night in the hope that Lakshmi will bring them prosperity ”
Points to remember! • Can you replace the word by “they are”? • Does the word mean something that belongs to or is associated with two or more people? • If neither of these, then it’s most likely to be “there”.
SummaryBy now you should be able to: • Use the homophones “there, their and they’re” in their correct context. • Recall some facts about the Hindu festival Diwali.