WAIDAMUDAMU Primary School parents had to cook food for the 40 students at the school after 10am yesterday in accordance to a Hindu ritual.
According to school manager Raj Patel, this year's Diwali was a special day in the Hindu calendar as it fell before the occurrence of a solar eclipse which was from 8:56am to 11:56am yesterday.
Mr Patel said according to Hindu tradition, all food cooked the day before, including Diwali sweets, would turn bad and would not be fit for consumption at 10am therefore it should be discarded.
"That is the reason we are cooking food for the children at the school today (yesterday) and also to keep the Diwali spirit among our children alive as we celebrate in the spirit of the festive season," said Mr Patel.
"There are also some less fortunate students from poor background families with whom we decided to celebrate Diwali.
"In Hindu tradition all food has to be discarded in such occasions as we believe that they turn bad and this can affect our health," he said.
Children of Waidamudamu Primary School were treated to a hot lunch prepared by parents of the school yesterday.