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Faiths and their Festivals

A guide to religions and celebrations in our multicultural society

Faiths and their Festivals is designed to help by giving background information to the faiths and celebrations in our multicultural society. It looks at the beliefs and core practices of the main faiths and describes the festivals associated with them. It explains the origins of the festivals and how they are celebrated within the faith communities, and includes suggestions on how to explore them in a way that is meaningful to young children.

Ages: 5-11 | Pages: 76 | Code: TS0293 | ISBN: 9781921613708

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Kay Margetts

Kay Margetts is an Honorary Principal Fellow and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, The University of Melbourne. She has a strong background in early childhood development, learning and teaching both as a practitioner and as an academic. Her main areas of research are transition and adjustment to school, accompanied by a strong record of publications. Kay is regularly engaged in knowledge exchange activities with the education sector including teachers, educators and parents.


Calendar of festivals4
Working in a global society6
Learning about religions and their festivals8
Faiths Baha’i faith9
Sharing information with children about God16
Jehovah’s Witnesses21
Latter-day Saints25
Seventh-day Adventists28
Festivals Chinese New Year: Yuan Tan32
Holi: the Hindu festival of colours34
Shrove Tuesday36
The Christian festival of Easter38
Art and craft for Easter40
The Jewish festival of Passover41
The Sikh festival of Baisakhi43
The Buddhist festival of Vesak45
The Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan47
The Jewish festival of Sukkot: celebrating harvest49
A poem for harvest time51
The Hindu festival of Divali53
Decorating for Divali55
The Jewish festival of Hanukkah56
The Christian festival of Christmas58
Christmas around the world60
Good News: a nativity play63
Performing the nativity play67
The Muslim festival of Muhammad’s birthday70
The Muslim festival of Eid ul-Fitr72
The Muslim festival of Eid ul-Adha74
Helping a child cope with loss75