Festivals for Kids

Features and articles for kids on festivals, customs, traditions from around the world and from a wide variety of religious traditions.

Festive Layers

There are festivals that are built around seasonal and agrarian cycles. Then there are festivals or occasions that are built around the lives of individuals who founded major religions. And there are festivals that revolve around mythological figures of gods and goddesses.India is one...

Onam — The Harvest Festival

The harvest festival of Kerala, Onam, falls on Shravan day in the month of August or September. After a lush harvest, Onam is the time for the farmers to celebrate the bounties of nature and make merry. Like most festivals of India, Onam too...

Janamashtmi – The Day Krishna was Born

Janamashtmi, or the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna -- the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu -- is celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervour all over India. It falls on the eighth day of the waning moon in the month of Shravan in August/ September....

Raksha Bandhan

Excerpts from the book "Festivals of India"Sravani, the sacred thread changing ceremony, and Raksha Bandhan are celebrated on the full moon day of the month of shravan (June-July) and are often regarded as two names for the same festival. This is not...

Ratha Yatra

Excerpts from the book "Festivals of India" Published by National Book Trust, India.Festivals bring large numbers of people together in a spirit of joy or devotion, or both. But there is one festival that combines joy and devotion with physical rigour. This is...

Buddha Purnima

Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of the Buddhists, and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Every festival has its own rituals which provide an insight into the lives and beliefs, customs and culture...

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