Hindu Festivals Through the Year

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From Pongal to Divali, Hindu Festivals throughout the Year tells the story behind each festival and describes how it is celebrated around the world today. Colorful photographs, traditional prayers, and fun activities bring the festivals to life and help you to join in the celebrations.

Introduces the main religious festivals of Hinduism, telling the story behind each festival, describing how it is celebrated around the world, and ...

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Overview

From Pongal to Divali, Hindu Festivals throughout the Year tells the story behind each festival and describes how it is celebrated around the world today. Colorful photographs, traditional prayers, and fun activities bring the festivals to life and help you to join in the celebrations.

Introduces the main religious festivals of Hinduism, telling the story behind each festival, describing how it is celebrated around the world, and providing instructions for related activities.

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Children's Literature
Among the latest of Ganeri's numerous nonfiction books on India, this volume is also part of the publisher's series, "A Year of Festivals." Other titles include Jewish Festivals and Buddhist Festivals. Translated into American idiom (the books were originally published by Franklin Watts Australia), "festival" means "holiday." The series offers background, photographs, information about related traditions, and activities designed to offer young readers insights into the holidays of a number of different religious traditions from around the world. Ganeri does a nice job of delineating the regional differences of observance that characterize Hindu celebrations and often make them so confusing to the Western observer. She starts with an introduction to Hinduism that includes information on the calendar, main deities, and a quick overview of worship and beliefs. Chapters on specific festivals address the southern harvest rituals of Pongal, the spring observance of Vasanta Panchami, Mahashivaratri or the day sacred to the god Shiva, Holi the color festival of north India, Ramanavami or Rama's birthday, the Ratha Yatra (procession) of Puri, Raksha Bandhan in which sisters and brothers celebrate their love, Janmashtami or Krishna's birthday, the elephant god's day or Ganesha Chaturthi, festivals of the Goddess, and perhaps the best known of Hindu holidays, Divali. Where she can, Ganeri also makes an effort to show Hindu celebrations both in the homeland and the Hindu diaspora. A modified recipe for Holi sweets (using dried milk powder) is easy to follow. Also included are directions for making a rakhi (bracelet), and a shadow-puppet theater box and puppets associated with the RamLila celebration. A calendar, glossary, list of print and Internet resources, and brief index round out the book. 2004, Smart Apple Media, Ages 8 to 12.
— Uma Krishnaswami
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Colorful photographs and clear writing fill these two books. Each title begins with a brief introduction to the religion and continues with chronologically organized, single- or double-page chapters that explain the origins and customs of major celebrations. Features include stories and legends about deities (Hindu) and several prayers and passages from the Holy Qur'an (Muslim), as well as simple crafts and activities. Each page contains a good balance of text, full-color photos, and illustrations. One note of caution: younger readers may be distracted by the use of several different fonts on the same page. Solid resources that complement more general books about each religion.-Sue Morgan, Tom Kitayama Elementary School, Union City, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583403723
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Series: Year of Festivals Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.66 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Pongal 8
Vasanta Panchami 10
Mahashivaratri 11
Holi 12
Celebrating Holi 14
Ramanavami 16
Ratha Yatra 17
Raksha Bandhan 18
Janmashtami 20
Ganesha Chaturthi 21
Festivals of the Goddess 22
Divali 24
Celebrating Divali 26
Festival Calendar 28
Glossary 29
Further Resources and Index 30
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