Hi kids, today we are going to explore exotic India.
India is the 7th largest country in the world in size & the 2nd largest in population (which is more than 23 times that of the UK!)
Have you heard about Mahatma Gandhi? He was a peace lover and a great patriotic leader from India. He is known in India as the Father of the Nation.
He taught others how to lead a simple life and to treat each person of this world as family. There is an interesting story about Gandhiji. He always used to wear a very simple “dhoti” a long cotton wrap around his legs and a cotton cloth around his shoulders. A small child saw him and was very distressed. Why is Gandhiji wearing such simple clothes he thought. He went up to him and said, “Gandhiji, my mother is a tailor. She will stich a nice pant and shirt for you.” So Gandhiji smiled at the little boy and said.. ” But I have a very large family. Unless all my brothers and sisters have shirts like mine, I can’t wear one myself” .. The boy still persisted.. “Tell me how many you need? My mother will stitch them for you” .. then Gandhiji replied .. “I need 4 crores.. All Indians are my brothers and sisters. Until all of them wear shirts, I will not wear one myself” Such was his love for his country..
The Taj Mahal is in India. It is one of the 7 wonders in the world. In 1631, Shah Jahan, a mughul emperor built it in memory of his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. It still stands today as one of the most iconic buildings in India.
Most Indians are Hindus, and follow a religion called Hinduism. We worship a lot of gods – almost a million of them, unlike Christians. Since we have many Gods, we have many festivals too. But each festival has its own Puja ( or worship) .. During a Puja, we have a Puja Thali (plate) that is used to store flowers and other ingredients required for the Puja. Go here for a tutorial on how to make a simple Puja plate.
Exploring Folk art of India – Warli Art , Madhubani Art , Gond Art
Exploring Children’s Books about India – A lovely review of books from Saffrontree
Exploring other crafts related to India’s Independence day and Republic Day – My post at mom’s diaries
I hope you enjoyed the mini tour of India today. Until next time, Bye Bye from Shruti & Lil P .
Thank you, Shruti, for this introduction to India! I especially enjoyed your stunning photos!