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 Story of Diwali

Deepavali or Diwali as it has come to be known as, means many things to many people. It means holidays from school, shopping expeditions for clothes, sweets, gifts and crackers to children. To the office-goer it means an annual bonus that can make all...

The Business of Festivals

What is special about Durga Puja is that it's a community celebration. In Calcutta, specially, almost every neighbourhood has a Puja Committee to organise the Puja in their locality, every year.Come September and the Committee members begin to meet at each other's houses and...

India Quiz : Ritual Occasions

The first two weeks of April have one festival or religious occasion following another. How many of them do you know about?

Why Mother’s Day?

Why have a particular day to tell your mother that you love her and respect her, some of us might ask.Why indeed? We could do that everyday.Right. We could.But, do we?So, is it such a bad idea to have a day to honour mothers?...

Fun’tastic Ramlila, Dandiya, Jatra

Whether it is a pesky 11-year-old Dashrath struggling to maintain his flowing beard during the enactment of the Ramayana in a street Ramlila, or handsome young artistes enacting Rama and Sita on a professional stage, the feeling is the same for the viewers.They know...

Holi – The Colours of Spring

Quick, think of spring and what comes to mind? The festival of Holi, of course!! Think of Holi and what springs to mind? 'Gulal' or dry colours in bright shades, 'pichkaris' or water pistols, and buckets of water to drench people, right? For, winter...

Makar Sankranti

The colourful kite-flying festival of Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan, which falls on January 14 each year, marks the end of a long winter and the return of the sun to the northern hemisphere. Hence the name Uttarayan.According to Hindu astronomy, it is on this...

A Harvest of Festivals

The Punjabis celebrate this festival as Baisakhi. The Assamese call this festival Bohag Bihu. In Kerala they usher in the new year with Vishu. For Tamilians it is Varasha Porupu, while Gudi Padva is important for Maharashtrians. But what are they celebrating in the...

Holi – The Colour of Fun is Red, Blue, Green

Holi or the festival of colours, is celebrated with great enthusiasm in India, and by the Indian communities settled abroad. It is a time when the young and old alike, are in a mood to make merry. The most important aspect of this festival...

Hamid Buys an Eid Present

Festival of Eid English translation of 'Eidgah' (Hindi) Written by Munshi Premchand Translated by Khushwant Singh Published by National Book Trust, New DelhiTranslated by the veteran columnist and writer, Khushwant Singh, Festival of Eid retains the compelling essence of the original work.This well illustrated book tells the...

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