Sharing an experience with another family can be one of most memorable adventures to experience together. Adding a whole other culture to it can make it even more memorable. Each spring there is a Hindi Festival called Holi.
Around the world, Hindus are celebrating Holi, the Festival of Colors. Holi is a popular springtime celebrations observed on the last full moon of the lunar month. Participants traditionally throw bright, vibrant powders at friends and strangers alike, celebrating the arrival of spring. To learn more about Holi visit here
It’s become our own little family tradition to make T-Shirt to keep from our Festival events. Very simply we take the letters HOLI and paint them onto plain T-Shirts. We used letter outlines to create our and even foam stamps one year. You could even handwrite them too. By creating our Holi Shirts the kids can purposefully make colors and prints on the shirts and really get into the fun which then turns into a keepsake for the rest of the year. You can join the fun at home too, which just kid friendly paints.
Year by year we’ve invited our friends and family to come and celebrate the festival with us. It’s been so much fun seeing how each year they get braver and braver in joining into the fun. Imagine adults and children and kids alike running around with colored powder, water guns, water balloons and hoses. The best part is at the end while you’re all wrapped up in towels warming up in the sun with the cool spring air you are enjoying delicious Indian snacks, Indian sweets and perhaps some warm chai or mango lassi.
This holiday has become a fun way for my children to share their culture with their friends. Generally around this time in local Hindu temples and Community Centers Indians are also hosting India Fest. Here’s a sneak at our latest Visit to the Temple. It’s such a fun experience to submerge into Indian culture with dance, songs, foods, art and culture within your local Indian community. Take a peek in your area and see if there is a local event near you this month.
To discover more about India please visit:
- The Educators’ Spin On It India Pinterest Board
- Multicultural Kid Bloggers Asia Pinterest Board
- Visit India the Virtual Way on Multicultural Kid Blog
- Everyday life in India on MamaSmiles
Can you think of a way to encourage your child to invite their friends to celebrate in the traditions of your culture?
For more ideas, be sure to check out our Holi board on Pinterest:
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Kim Vij enjoys sharing simple ways to make every day moments into learning opportunities. She is a blogger, mom of 3 and educator which inspired her to co-create The Educators’ Spin On It.
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