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Read Your World: Let’s Celebrate Ramadan & Eid!

Celebrate Ramadan

Ramadan (ruh-maa-daan) is a festival of fasting, prayer and service celebrated by Muslims all over the world. Eid (eed) is the the day after Ramadan ends and includes its own traditions for celebrating. Introduce kids to the meaning behind the festivals and discover the cultural traditions of each through this beautiful children’s book by Ajanta and…

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Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Through Song

Martin Luther King Through Song

Add a musical note to your celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. with I Have a Dream, a multicultural children’s music CD by award-winning performer DARIA. The album is framed around the civil rights leader’s message of looking to peoples’ hearts and not to the external trappings of race, religion or language. * Enter for…

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Pysanky: Ukrainian Easter Eggs

pysanky

What are Pysanky? Pysanky are Easter eggs, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk art using a wax-resist method. Its name comes from the word “pysaty,” which means “to write.” Pysanka (PIH-san-kah) is the singular form, and pysanky (pih-san-KIH) is the plural form. The designs are created with a kistka, a special stylus that holds liquid wax. The wax is applied to the egg,…

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The Saint Nicholas Day Snow: Book Review & Free Printable

St. Nicholas Day Snow

The Saint Nicholas Day Snow: Book Review & Free Printable Award-winning author Charlotte Riggle and illustrator R.J. Hughes have teamed up for another holiday children’s book that is both touching and informative. The Saint Nicholas Day Snow is a story about family, friendship, and the St. Nicholas Day traditions of two friends – with interesting historical facts of…

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May 5 Children’s Day Celebrations

Children's Days

May 5 Children’s Day Celebrations National Children’s Days are observed on various days throughout the year in countries all around the world.  The day is devoted to celebrating the health and happiness of all children. Japan and South Korea celebrate Children’s Day on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month. Kodomo No Hi is a national holiday in Japan.  Colorful…

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Orthodox Easter Traditions

Orthodox Easter Traditions

Orthodox Christians in Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and other countries around the world are preparing to celebrate Orthodox Easter, or Pascha. Church services, decorating eggs, playing games and eating traditional foods are typical parts of the celebration. Orthodox Easter: The Date The Orthodox church uses the Julian calendar for determining Easter (compared to Western churches using the Gregorian calendar), which…

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Songkran: Thailand’s New Year Festival

Songkran

The Songkran Festival celebrates the traditional Thai New Year from April 13-15. The word Songkran comes from a Sanskrit phrase meaning “passage of the sun.” It is a time for house cleaning, family gatherings, visiting temples, and throwing water. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we receive a…

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Zachariah’s Perfect Day Book Review and Activities

Zachariah's Perfect Day

Zachariah’s Perfect Day, written by Farrah Qazi and illustrated by Durre Waseem, tells the story of a young boy’s first fasting day during the holy month of Ramadan. Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes; however, all opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and…

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Catherine’s Pascha: Book Review & Activities

Catherine's Pascha

As an American married to a Greek, I have been celebrating Pascha (Orthodox Easter) for many years. In our house, family Easter celebrations are a combination of both of our traditions – allowing our children to experience both of our cultures. Easter egg hunts, colorful eggs and baking ham were mixed with flying kites, dying…

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Maslenitsa – Pancake Week in Russia

Maslenitsa

Maslenitsa, a traditional Slavic festival, takes place during the last week before the start of the Orthodox Lent season and marks the end of winter.  Maslenitsa is also known as “Butter Week” (“maslo” is the Russian word for butter) and “Pancake Week”  (their round shape symbolizes the sun).  Lots and lots of pancakes are eaten during this week! Blini, thin Russian…

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