Learning about other cultures, both within our country and outside of our country, is a big deal in our homeschool. Besides formal classes like World Religions and World Geography, I fold in as many other natural learning opportunities as I can. Today, the Hindu Holi Festival, is a perfect day to introduce children to Indian culture, mythology, and Hinduism. The Festival of Holi is actually a two day spring festival that celebrates the triumph of good over bad. This holiday has so many aspects to it. It is significant for religious, cultural, and social reasons. The festival date is determined by the lunar calendar, so it changes every year. Holi Festivals take place in several different countries now, but the largest still remain in India. Below is a quick list of resources for the Holi Festival. The book links below are affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here.
- Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India (SCFI) Holi Festival is a great place to start. This page has an in depth description of the holiday, it’s rituals and history, recipes, and songs.
- A short video and article titled Holi Festival 2017: 5 Things You Should Know About the Spectacular Celebration by Joe Sommerlad (with the UK Independent) is available here.
- Amma, Tell Me About Holi by Bhakti Mathur, illustrated by Maulshree, is written for ages 4 to 8. It is written in rhyme and tells the story of the Hindu Holi Festival. The illustrations are stunning. This book is a must have for any multicultural home library. It makes a phenomenal supplement to world geography or country and continent boxes. Though it is written for younger ages, this story is enjoyable by all ages, including high schoolers. I use this book in high school world geography or world religions studies. There are few books on the market about the Holi Festival, but this is by far my favorite. Mathur has written several other books in the Amma, Tell Me About series that are worth reading as well.
ACTIVITIES & LESSON PLANS
- Powerful Mothering has an art activity post called Rainbow in a Bag – No Mess Art. This is not a Holi Festival art activity, but it is a colorful art activity. Since Holi is a color festival, it seems appropriate.
- Activity Village has a list of resources for Holi art projects, worksheets, and printables.
- Holi, the Festival of Colors is a lesson plan for middle school ages, but could easily be adapted for high school.