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

Easter’s Here

Go out into the market on Easter and you cannot miss the Easter egg on the shop counter - filled with sweets and chocolates, it is irresistible. Several people also paint eggs or emboss chocolate eggs with sugar flowers to gift to friends and...

The Song of Hori or Happiness

Braj mein hori khelat Nandlal.Kesar rang ki keech bhai hai, Chahun or udat gulal, Nachat gopal.Braj mein hori khelat Nandlal.Baajat jhanjhar, dhol, majari aur khartal, Braj ki nari sangh hori khelat, Nachat dede taal, sakhi.Braj mein hori khelat Nandlal.(This song sung by women describes Nandlal, as young Krishna...

What is Thanksgiving?

Celebrated on the fourth Thursday on November, this American festival is an acknowledgement of gratitude for a plentiful harvest. Nearly all cultures celebrate this festival. For instance south Indians celebrate it as Pongal in the month of January, while the north Indians celebrate it...

Ramadan: The Month of 30 Fasts

Ramadan (or Ramzan) is a very special month for Muslims, people of the Islamic faith. Muslims are people who follow the Islamic religion propagated by the Prophet Mohammed in the seventh century. Muslims believe that it was in this month that Allah revealed the...

The Commerce of Christmas

Can you imagine a Christmas without lights? And no brightly illuminated shops, their racks groaning under the weight of colourful packets of cakes, wine, dolls and every other gift item you could possibly think of? Impossible? Like imagining Diwali without the fireworks?But isn't it...

Where Holi is the Talk of the Town

Think of Holi and you think of two places in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh where the festival has a special status. First, the area known as Brajbhoomi comprising Mathura, Vrindavan, Govardhan, Gokul (all connected to Lord Krishna's birth, childhood and early youth)...

Where is the Twins Day Festival Held?

Are you a twin? And if so, are you a "double" too? Then Ohio, United States is the place for you to be for an August weekend of twin fun. Every year, in August, twins from all over the world gather at Twinsburg, Ohio,...

Was Christmas Celebrated Thousands of Years before Christ’s Birth?

Did you know that the celebrations at Christmas might have nothing to do with the birth of Christ? In fact they may well lie in a feast called Sacaea that was celebrated thousands of years before Christ's birth. Over 4000 years ago, in the...

Here Comes Pujo!

Durga Puja is the most important festival for the people of West Bengal, the Eastern Indian state that has been home to three Nobel Laureates - Rabindranath Tagore, Amartya Sen, and Mother Teresa - as well as Oscar awardee Satyajit Ray.Durga Puja, or Pujo...

Gurpurab – the birth of Guru Nanak

The Birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, is traditionally celebrated on Kartik Puranmashi, or the full moon day of the month of Kartik.According to the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Guru Nanak Sahib was born on 15th April, 1469 at Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi...

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What is Cloning?

Which is the most famous sheep in the world? A sheep called Dolly. But why is Dolly famous?That is because unlike other sheep's, Dolly...

Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

Thinker, statesman and nationalist leader, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi not only led his own country to independence but also influenced political activists of many persuasions...

Batik: Ancient Art of Painting in Wax

A routine college day. We had to go for textile practicals after lunch. Going for any class post lunch was a pain. All we...

Himalayas Have a Deep Impact on the Climate of the World

Tibet is known as the roof of the world. That is because it is on a region which has the highest altitude in the...

Where Did Numerals Originate?

We deal with numbers all the time. Not just while doing math lessons at school, but also while counting money at the shop, memorising...