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Winter Festivals around the World

Winter Festivals around the World

In two weeks it will be the winter solstice (literally means sun standing still) when we have the shortest day and the longest night. Because of the earth’s rotation there are two solstices, one in June and one in December. To us in the Northern Hemisphere who live above the equator, the winter solstice occurs either on the 20th, 21st or 22nd of December. To those who live below the equator in the Southern Hemisphere, the sun is directly above the Tropic of Capricorn and it is summer time in Brazil and Australia....

Who stole the Candle Wax?

Who stole the Candle Wax?

On every Diwali, known as the festival of lights, our family has a big discussion on the kind of lighting we should have. And after talking about candles or electric bulbs we invariably choose the _diya_s or earthen lamps for their beautiful flames. But last year, we reached the kumhara or potter’s roadside shop a bit too late. The lamps had been sold out and the potter had a big smile on his face. So we decided to light candles....

Where’s the Catch?

Where’s the Catch?

Imagine this scene: In a village hut, dimly lit by a diya, members of the household sit in a frightened circle, watching a tantrik muttering mantras and performing strange rituals with a skull perhaps, the thighbone of a sheep, and other items. Sitting among the women is one who has wild staring eyes, untidy hair and a strange expression. She speaks in a voice that doesn’t seem to be her own. Everyone present is convinced she has been possessed by an evil spirit which the tantrik must now get out of her....

Plasticine Candle Stand

Plasticine Candle Stand

Plasticine Candle Stand [Illustrations by Anup Singh] Before you begin making the candle stand, spread some sheets of newspaper so that you do not dirty the floor. The things you need: Plasticine Old newspaper Steel bowl Step 1: Flatten plasticine to make a circle. Cut a perfect circle using the rim of the steel bowl. Step 2: Roll some plasticine in a cylindrical shape....

Steamer

Steamer

This is an eco-friendly steamer, it runs on water. Get together with your friends and have a good time making them. Steamer [Illustrations by Shinod AP] The things you need: A soapdish An empty tin can Candle Matchbox A piece of thin wire A metal cap Step 1: Take the cover of a soapdish (one without any holes) and make two holes on parallel sides as shown in the figure....

Candle Stand

Candle Stand

Candle Stand [Illustrations by Shinod AP] This candle stand is simple and it can be made by children as young as four years. The things you need: A few earthen lamps Glitter Transparent adhesive Step 1: Spread a newspaper sheet and keep the glitter and lamps on it. Step 2: Put some adhesive on the earthen lamp and sprinkle the glitter on it. You can make different patterns and designs using the glitter....

Eat the Candle

Eat the Candle

Show everyone that you can eat a candle by performing this easy trick. The things you need: Banana Knife A small candle Matchbox Step 1: Take a banana and cut it in the shape of a rectangle as shown in the figure below. Place it in a standing position on a table and put a small candle on top of it. The diameter of the candle should be equal to that of the banana....

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