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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.

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.

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.

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:

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

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.

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.

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