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This week in RE we are looking at festivals.

All religions have festivals that they celebrate each year. Two festivals that Hindus celebrate are Holi and Diwali.

Holi

Holi is a spring festival full of colour, singing and dancing!

Celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before, and people gather to sing and dance.

On the morning of Holi, the real fun begins, and men and women, boys and girls, one and all, chase each other around with dry paint or coloured water, in water pistols or balloons!

There are parades and music and everywhere is a riot of colour, and colourful people!

In the evening people get cleaned up and then go out to visit family and friends and share Holi delicacies.

The date of Holi varies every year, sometimes falling in February but most often in March. 

Holi will next be celebrated on 28th – 29th March 2021

Diwali

The word Diwali means 'rows of lighted lamps'.

Diwali is known as the 'festival of lights' because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called 'diyas'.

Diwali always falls between October and November, but the exact date varies each year as the Hindu calendar is based on the Moon.

Diwali will next be celebrated on Thursday 4 November 2021

Some of last week’s traditional stories link with the festivals- tell your grown-up which festivals you think match up with which story? Some festivals have more than one story linked to them.

The stories are:

Story of Krishna and Radha

Story of Rama and Sita

Story of Holika and Prahad

 

Rangoli is an art form in India and to make one is a tradition during popular Hindu festivals. It consists of making geometric designs on the floor using coloured sand, petals, flour, or even rice. 

Only certain colours are used:

Red: It indicates purity and the ability to destroy evil.

Green: It represents life and happiness. Green symbolises peace and nature.

Yellow: The colour of knowledge and learning. It symbolises happiness and peace,

Blue: symbolising calmness, bravery, determination

White: white symbolises loss and emotions

 

Can you colour in a rangoli pattern using only these colours?

 

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