Festivals for Kids

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

The Making of the Goddess

On an ordinary day, the names Kumartuli and Krishnanagar would not make much of a difference to a Bengali. But come Durga Puja, and these two ordinary towns near Calcutta, become the focus of great attention. For it is here that the clay idols...

The Story of Dussehra

Dussehra, also called Vijayadashmi (or Bijoya in Bengal), is the culmination of the nine-day Navaratri celebrations. It is a festival that marks the killing of Ravana, his son Meghanatha and brother Kumbhakarna, by Rama. It is seen as the vistory of good over evilThe...

India Quiz : Holi’s Here!

It's known as the festival of colours and is made up of a fascinating mix of legends and celebrations from different parts of India. Care to follow the coloured trail?

Holi is For Children

Kamla Mathur was born and brought up in Etah, a small town in Uttar Pradesh. Now, at 65, she lives in Delhi and reminisces fondly of the Holi she and her siblings celebrated at 'home', in the area called Brajbhoomi, the land where the...

Rediscovering a Smoke-less Diwali

Think of Diwali and firecrackers start exploding in the mind - that is how strong the association of crackers is with the festival of lights.Legend has it that on Diwali, the sound of firecrackers resounds through the universe, announcing the homecoming of Lord Rama...

Deepavali: Festival of Lights

Deepavali - or Diwali - as is commonly uttered - literally means rows of lamps. These lamps light up houses all over the country, but for different reasons.In West Bengal, it is time to worship Kali, the goddess with the fearsome strength, and in...

The Nine Nights of Navaratri

This year, the end of September marks the onset of Navaratri or "nine nights" in the Hindu calendar. With this begins one of the most festive phases in India, with Durga Puja in east India, Dussehra in north, central and west India, and Saraswati...

Save rivers, lakes from worshippers

Before every Ganesh Chaturthi, people from across India, especially Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Orissa, get busy with preparations for celebrations. But, as the momentum of activity increases, officials of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) start feeling queasy in their stomachs. For,...

Foods of the Festival

All festivals revolve around fasting -- and feasting. The latter part is a special attraction, especially with children! We bring you some mouthwatering recipes that are part of the Navaratri and Durga Puja celebrations.Interestingly, chana, or chickpea - also called Bengal gram and Garbanzo...

Eid in Yusufpur

Guess what guys?? My dad is taking me to his village for Eid this year. I am so excited that my tummy is all tied up in knots and I can hardly wait to get there. I haven't yet enjoyed Eid the way papa...

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