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Durga Puja - Social distanced celebrations

 

Cosmic crowded pandals,

All across swift moving sandals

Attired in authentic dhotis and saree,

Wearing printed masks, nobody could disagree!

 

A feet’s distance was firmly maintained,

The festive vibe was thus attained!

Call of the dhakis and conchs,

Mishti Doi and Khichdi was a major lunch.

 

Devotees stood with folded sanitized hands,

Put an end to the pandemic was their demands.

The resplendent majestic idols shone,

Cooperation and exuberance by the citizens was shown!

 

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Durga Puja – Dear Durga Maa, This Is For You | Bookosmia

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Sara HarlalkaWelcome Durga Maa! 11 year old  Sara Harlalka, a Bookosmian from Kolkata has a beautiful welcome poem for you. Do you also have a poem for her?

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Durga Puja - Dear Durga Maa, this is for you

Hey Maa, Mother Durga!

You are the mother of the universe,

It’s you who takes care of all

And removes glooms of all hearts.

 

Last year…

As the festival of Durga puja was drawing to a close….

The red carpets were being rolled up,

The poles were being pulled out,

The tents were being removed,

And the broken pieces of thermocol lay strewn around

Like pieces of luggage….

 

Ma Durga, you stood in a corner

With your family and the willy Mahishasur

In a posture of steely resolve and quiet determination.

 

Hail, Devi Durga-Mother of all,

So, at last you respond to our call.

 

Breeze is there, catkin swings,

Clouds move slowly with their wings.

Green are paddies, brimming with joys,

Peasants are free now, putting their loys,

Children are waiting for new dresses,

Jaba and Jiu are blooming now fresh.

For you Devi, decorating new seat,

Covered in white, clean and neat!

 

We’ve been waiting through the year

With hope, joy, excitement and cheer.

 

Mother as you come, make us feel,

Erase evil and selfishness to kill.

 

Bless us to worship you with devotion and care,

And fill us brotherly love so we can share.

 

Durga Puja - Dear Durga Maa, this is for you

 

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Essay by Prisha MehraDurga Puja is here! To take us through the essence of this beloved Indian festival, here’s 8 year old Prisha Mehra, a Bookosmian from Kolkata.

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Durga Puja 2021 - Why do we celebrate this festival?

Durga Puja is a Hindu festival celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil as the mother goddess Durga killed Mahishasura on this day.

There is a story behind this. Once Brahma granted Mahishasura the boon to be killed only in the hands of a woman.

 

Durga Puja 2021 - Why do we celebrate this festival?

 

 

Soon the asuras were troubling the devas. This news reached the three gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.  They created the mother of goddesses, Shakti of Shakti, Durga Maa.

 

Goddess Durga then fought Mahishasura over a period of fifteen days during which he kept changing his shape to become different animals and misled her.

Durga Puja 2021 - Why do we celebrate this festival?

Finally, when he transformed into a buffalo, Goddess Durga stabbed him with her trident and that was the end of him.

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Mahalaya – What Is It? Why Do We Celebrate This Festival? | Bookosmia

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Mahalaya - What is it? Why do we celebrate it?

Bengalis are known to celebrate different seasons with joy and fun. The ornaments, traditional clothes and sweets that we get to see and taste in west Bengal are awesome.

One of the main festivals is Durga Puja.

Every Bengali knows about this festival. Durga Puja is celebrated when Maa Durga officially begins her journey to return to her home after having vanquished Mahishasura.

Seven days before the festival starts is known as Mahalaya. It is celebrated because it is the day when Maa Durga leaves her husband, Lord Shiva from Mt. Kailash and returns to her maternal home for roughly a week.

Mahalaya is an auspicious day for the Bengalis. On this day Bengalis perform some rites for the near and dear ones who have passed away.They go to a sacred river like the Ganges to perform the rites. We all love to go for pandal hopping. But did you know that on this day we paint the eyes of Maa Durga?

Mahalaya - What is it? Why do we celebrate it?

Every Bengali household gets up early on the day of Mahalaya and listens to a collection of songs or mantras called ‘Mahishasura Mardini’ in the sonorous voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra. These mantras invoke the Goddess; the most eminent one being Jago Tumi Jago which means ‘Awaken, Oh Goddess!’.

Every year on this day people start wearing their new clothes, eat Bengali cuisines like rice and pulses and who can forget the most important thing in the Bengali cuisine, the diverse types of fish and rosogulla. While some prefer vegetarian, I always eat non-vegetarian.

Mahalaya - What is it? Why do we celebrate it?

People go out for shopping and enthusiastically wait for Durga Puja to arrive.

The message of Durga Puja is a universal fact that in the end, good triumphs over evil.

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Aditri Reddy PalemNothing like a handmade gift, what say? 9 year old Aditri Reddy Palem, a Bookosmian from Hyderabad brings to us a tale about a brother and sister and a bond that money can’t buy!
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DIY rakhi - The handmade Raksha Bandhan gift
It was raksha bandhan. It is an Indian festival celebrated in the month of August. Emily was sad because she didn’t have money to buy a rakhi.
Emily was a craft lover, so she decided to make a rakhi on her own. Then she brought her hot glue gun, pom poms , 3D pen , colour paper , some ribbon and a pair of scissors. She was excited and as well as nervous that her brother wouldn’t like it because her brother never liked her work.
After a couple of days it was raksha bandhan and Emily was wearing her best top and pants. Her brother was surprised and flabbergasted to see the hard work and the effort his little sister put in to make that rakhi.
DIY rakhi - The handmade Raksha Bandhan gift
He gifted her many art supplies which looked like it would last many years.
Emily understood that her brother loves her very much. She decided to be confident and hard working. Her mom and dad were happy to see their daughter doing a lot of hard work and they wished her all the best for her life and keep up the good work! Eventually, she even became the state’s famous artist!
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Yashika AgarwallaLord Ganesha – what do you think of him? Yashika Agarwalla, a 11 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata, puts her thoughts into this wonderful poem!

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Lord Ganesha - Remover of obstacles

The festival of Lord Ganesha,

One who loves laddoos,

He married Riddhi Siddhi,

And also cursed the moon!

 

He rewards you for your good deeds,

Punishes you for your cheats,

Any obstacle if you ever face,

Think of him to fasten your pace!

 

God with teeth made of ivory,

We shall celebrate his day with glee.

 

Lord Ganesha - Remover of obstacles

 

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Ganesh Chaturthi - A letter to Lord GaneshaToday is Ganesh Chaturthi! 8 year old Aaryan Vittal, a Bookosmian from Bangalore, is fascinated by the god and writes a letter to him! What would you write?
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Ganesh Chaturthi - A letter to Lord Ganesha
Dear Ganesha,
Thank you for all the blessings..
I start my day with your name Ganesha.
My Achi has taught me that you remove all the obstacles of our day ahead. I am fascinated and love to hear various stories about you Ganesha! I have learned that you are the younger son of lord Shiva and goddess Parvati.
I always wondered why you have a elephant head?
Then I learnt :
Big head- To encourage us to think big
Large ears-To speak less, listen more
Small eyes-To emphasis on the importance of concentration
Small mouth-To talk less, and keep a watch on your words
Tusk- To take in the good things, and leave behind the bad ones
Trunk- To be adaptable.
What is your favorite food Ganesha is it laddoo, or kolukattai? How do you have such awesome powers?
How is your friend Mooshak?
Ganesh Chaturthi - A letter to Lord Ganesha
I am reminded of you every time I spot a mouse, I would really like to know how Mooshak is really energetic to carry you around.
I would like to celebrate this day, by thanking you for always being there for us.
Hey I forgot to tell that this year amma is designing me a Ganesha dress.. I am so excited! You know what I made a clay Ganesha and won 1st place at my school competition last year.
Looking forward for corona to be over soon Ganesha, so we can meet all friends and family and be fearless as before. Im sure you will protect us all.
Thank you for the blessings! Love you
Aaryan
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SaraReads Happy Eid Poem by Aadya Kheria BookosmiaToday is Ganesh Chaturthi! 9 year old Aadya Kheria, a Bookosmian from Kolkata had no idea why her grandmother was singing shlokas to the god. Let’s read on to find out what happens next!
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Ganesh Chaturthi - Learning about the festival from grandmother

It was a bright and sunny day, the rays of the sun came glaring inside my window. I woke up and quickly got ready and ran downstairs.

 

I saw my grandmother sitting in front of Lord Ganesha and singing a shloka. She chanted-

 

“Om Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadi Sevitam

Kapittha Jambuu phalasaara bhakshitam

Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha kaaranam

Namaami Vighneshwara paada pankajam.”

 

I asked her why she was singing this shloka.

 

She said, “Oh! Dear Child, don’t you know that today is Ganesh Chaturthi?”

 

I then questioned, “Grandma, what is Ganesh Chaturthi, why is it celebrated?”

 

She explained that Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated because it marks the birth of Lord Ganesha whom we worship before we start anything new.

Later that day all of us in the family sat around a small idol of the lord and offered him Durva(blades of grass), red hibiscus flowers, turmeric, khoi and his most favourite laddoos or modaks that my grandmother made at home.

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Mihika ShahHappy Ganesh chaturthi! So why do we celebrate this day? Mihika Shah, an 8 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata, gives us all details! Are you celebrating? Tell us!
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Ganesh Chaturthi - What is it and why do we celebrate it?

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to mark the birth of lord Ganesh. He is the God of new beginnings and fresh starts.

 

According to the Hindu calendar, this festival falls in the month of Bhadra. And according to the Gregorian Calendar this festival falls in the month of August or September.

 

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in many cities like Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka.

 

On Ganesh Chaturthi, my mother cleans the God and Goddesses. We together decorate our house with flowers, we worship lord Ganesh and feed him his favorite sweet modhak.

 

All of the festivals are important for us because they are a part of our tradition, culture and religion.

Ganesh Chaturthi - What is it and why do we celebrate it?

 

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Essay by Diyah AgarwallaDid you do anything special for Janmashtami? 7 year old Diyah Agarwalla, a Bookosmian from Kolkata baked a cake for Krishna!
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Janmashtami- A cake for Krishna

We celebrate Janmashtami on Lord Krishna’s birthday. Lord Krishna was raised by Yashoda Ma and Nand Baba in Vrindavan. His favourite animal is a cow. His brother is Balaram. His best friend is Radha.

Lord Krishna’s favourite food is Makhan-Mishri. On the day of Janmashtami, we wear traditional clothes and listen to Krishna Bhajans. My entire family observes a fast on this day.

We stay up till midnight and do aarti when its 12’ o clock. I help my mother decorate Lord Krishna’s jhula with flowers. My mother bakes a cake for him too.

We love to celebrate Lord Krishna’s birthday.

Janmashtami- A cake for Krishna

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Read with Sara stories for kids by Jeyan Hyderabad BookosmiaHappy birthday Krishna! 9 year old Y Jeyan, a Bookosmian from Hyderabad, explains the significance of Krishna Janmashtami beautifully in this poem. How will you be celebrating?
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Krishna Janmashtami - Happy birthday Kaana

Dear Kaana,

In Mathura, you were born,

And from your family tree, you were torn.

 

Above your father’s head as an umbrella, was a snake,

But with fear, your father did not shake.

 

Giving sanctuary to you was not a piece of cake,

Your foster parents love was not fake.

 

They took good care of you,

You were very naughty and also your crew.

 

You were always craving for butter,

If you were asked about it, you would stutter.

 

You used to play a flute,

You would make others knock their socks off their boot.

 

You used to sing and dance,

I think you had a cool stance.

 

Gopikas your devotees were,

Their devotion was not sub – par.

 

Wow! Kaana, is it true?

That the Govardhan Giri was lifted by you?

 

To Mathura you took a chariot not a car,

You killed Kansa, so you get a star.

 

Happy birthday Kaana,

You are still liked by the people and the fauna.

 

Krishna Janmashtami - Happy birthday Kaana

 

 

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Poem by Kashvi Shah Today is Raksha Bandhan! 8 year old Kashvi Shah, a Bookosmian from Mumbai, pens a sweet poem on what this beautiful festival means to brothers and sisters. Are you celebrating it too? Tell us!
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Raksha Bandhan - Brother and sister love forever

We trust each other

We will be together

I will always be by your side

You will be my true guide

 

You are like my mother

You are like my father

Our love will always be true

Our relationship will have good values

 

We all are caring

We all are loving

We all are helpful

We all will be joyful

 

I respect you so much

Our faith will grow in a bunch

Our love will not end

You are my best friend

 

You are always fair

May you be blessed with love and care

In life we will have a lot of fun

Dear brother and sister, Happy Rakshabandhan!

Raksha Bandhan - Brother and sister love forever

 

 

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Remembering the fun moments at Holi

Holi is the festival of colours. People celebrate Holi to welcome the beginning of spring. It is one of the most popular Hindu festivals in India. Usually, we wear white clothes on Holi so that when we play with colours, it can look very beautiful.

 

On the previous day, a huge fire is lit and we worship the fire. Holi signifies the victory of good over evil.

 

Last year, I celebrated Holi with my full family and friends. My mother got a white Holi t-shirt made for me with my name printed on it.

 

In the morning, I filled a tub with water and mixed colours in it. My brother and I filled hundreds of balloons with water.

Remembering the fun moments at Holi

 

 

I brought big water guns and herbal colours. I threw water balloons on my sisters. I shot water guns at my friends and completely coloured their face in a way that we could not recognise each other.

 

Then we all had delicious snacks and Thandai after colouring each other.

 

I also had my favourite ice golas of different colours. I started feeling cold as we played with water practically the whole day till the evening.

Remembering the fun moments at Holi

 

Then me and my brother scrubbed and had a long bath session to remove all the colours. Thereafter, I got tired and slept off for the next day.

The best thing about Holi is that it is full of fun and happiness. It unites everyone.

Remembering the fun moments at Holi

 

We should play Holi with only herbal colours as other colours in the market have lots of chemicals which is bad for our skin. This is one of the most memorable festivals for me as I really enjoy playing Holi a lot.

 

I keep waiting throughout the year for this festival to come fast.

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This year Vishu was celebrated on April 14th . We reached Aachi’s home on 13th morning itself. I pranked her saying we will not be coming this year due to covid rules everywhere and she sounded upset and said she would prepare a lot of yummy food for Vishu and send it to us. So I told Amma not to inform Aachi and Thatha (grandmother and grandfather) that we are joining the festival.

So we got ready for 13th morning packed some flowers and fruits and started. Aachi kept calling Amma to ask my favourite foods to be sent and prepared but we had planned not to answer the call and surprise them in person when we reached Aachi’s home.

My memorable Vishu celebration

 

We could smell the aroma of yummy food across the street I jumped out of the car and slowly entered home and rang the doorbell hiding behind the gate. Thatha was reading the newspaper. He came and asked, “Who is it?” then I screamed and jumped and hugged him he almost had happy tears.

“How did you come, sir?” he said. He calls me sir when he is happy. I ran inside to see Aachi running towards me with all smiles “Acho thangame vanthdutiya raja?” (My dear you came!). She calls me Raja.

She told me the festival would be boring without us, though she had already prepared my favourite bakshanam. I asked Aachi I can smell my favourite food, stomach is grumbling. She was so happy and ran inside and came with yummiest dosa with all ghee and we spoke and ate happily together.

 

My memorable Vishu celebration

 

Aachi and Thatha celebrate all festivals elaborately and narrate stories every time. I saw Aachi prepare obbattu my favourite, Thatha, Amma and I also helped in preparing it.

We all had a good lunch and afternoon nap. When I woke up the entire home smelled of sambrani. Aachi was doing pooja, Thatha told me its Moondram pirai- third day after new moon day and if we see moon and pray, all our wishes will come true.

I was so excited to hear it, and we all went to the terrace to see the moon, it was so much fun. It was like a race to see the moon first. We saw the moon and Aachi had a plate full of coins, fruits, flowers and a Ganesha photo to be seen after seeing the moon.

My memorable Vishu celebration

 

Next, Aachi was preparing for Vishu kani arranging mirror, jewels, fruits, coins, diya, seeing ourselves in the mirror the very first thing on the new year to remind us we are the most special part of it.

We all woke up and ran to see vishu kani as soon as we woke up before seeing anything else, followed by a bath, Pooja and kaineettam- my most favourite part of all festivals – where elders give blessings and money to younger ones in the family.

My memorable Vishu celebration

I have safely kept all my money in a blue purse. I hugged Aachi, Thatha and happily played and took pictures with all and by evening we started back home.
As always, Aachi and Thatha packed so many things for me with love. I always love festivals and most importantly to celebrate with my Aachi and Thatha. My Vishu wish is to see everyone smiling and happy.
My memorable Vishu celebration

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read with Sara poem by Ishani Ghosh9 year old Ishani Ghosh, a Bookosmian from Kolkata tells us what a celebration for the Bengali New Year is like and it sounds so awesome! Did you also celebrate the new year in your state? Tell us!
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Bengali new year is a day to mark the beginning of the Bengali calendar. It is celebrated by the people of West Bengal, Tripura and Assam.

 

On Bengali new year we spend time with our family and friends for a day of enjoyment. On this day we offer puja to God Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi.

How I celebrate the Bengali new year

 

People go to temples and offer prayers. People wear new clothes and seek blessings from the elders of their family. The people exchange and eat sweets. Certain shops also offer pujas to mark the beginning of a new year.

 

I too, celebrate this day with my family and friends. I wear a saree and offer puja with the rest of my family members. I distribute clothes and sweets to the needy.

How I celebrate the Bengali new year

 

I visit my friends, sing, dance and watch special television programmes on this day. The day flies by in a good sprit.

Last year I celebrated this special day very differently. Everyone met on a virtual platform due to Covid-19 pandemic. Technology had bought us together even though we were in our own houses.

How I celebrate the Bengali new year

This year we will all celebrate it once again and pray together so that Almighty helps us to overcome this pandemic situation and bless everybody with good health, safety and happiness.

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Read with Sara Elfchen by PratithiA very happy Bengali new year! 12 year old Pratithi Das, a Bookosmian from Kolkata writes a lovely essay on the significance of the day and the grand manner in which Bengalis celebrate festivals.
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Bengalis often utter a proverb called “Baro mashe, tero parbon.” The word ‘parbon’ means festivals and ‘mash’ means months in Bengali. The proverb simply means that there are more Bengali festivals than there are months to fit them in.

It is quite funny that even though there is a shortage of room for certain festivals yet the Bengalis celebrate every festival with equal grandeur.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

Bengalis and Durga Pujo have become quite synonymous but then Poila Boishakh or Bengali New Year is a festival which is no less than Durga Pujo. Bengalis are all smiles during this time. It’s the season of joy, laughter, happiness and most importantly togetherness in Bengal.

 

During this time, all Bengalis return to their hometown irrespective of the place they are settled in. They do all of it just to start the year with their near and dear ones around.

 

Happy Bengali New Year

 

Bengalis are born foodies and thus, every festival of Bengalis have a connection with food.

Lakshmi and Ganesh are considered as gods of wealth and luck. Due to this reason, they are worshipped by the Bengalis during the beginning of the new year.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

Poila Boishakh or 1st Boisakh marks the beginning of the economic year for all Bengali business men and women. Thus, on this priests perform a Lakshmi and Ganesh puja and then a ‘swastik’ sign is drawn using vermillion by the priests on a new notebook. An impression of a one rupee coin is also made on the notebook. This tradition is called ‘Hal Khata’. The one rupee coin is considered to be lucky and prosperous for the business community for the year ahead.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

The new year is also often welcomed by singing Bengali songs such as ‘Esho Hey Boisakh’ in many institutions and gatherings.

 

All Bengalis greet each other by saying Shubho Naboborsho and everyone wears new attires during this happy time. It will be the 1428th Bengali year this Poila Boisakh . May the new year bring prosperity, happiness and good luck to everyone’s household.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

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Story by Riddhima MishraYesterday was Easter and a few of you wanted to know more about this festival. Here’s 8 year old Riddhima Mishra, a Bookosmian from Kalyan, Maharashtra giving us the answers to all the questions we had!
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Easter is a festival that is celebrated majorly by Christians all over the world. This festival is always celebrated on Sundays between March 22 and April 25 every year. The festival is also known as Easter Sunday; or resurrection Sunday.

Easter was derived from the word “Eastra” which means goddess of springs. It is a Christian holiday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ which occurred on the third day after he was crucified on the cross.

Why we celebrate Easter

 

40 days prior to Easter, Christians follow lent, which is supposed to be 40 days of prayer, penance and fasting. The week before Easter is known as the holy week.

Jewish Christians were the first who celebrated Easter around the middle of the second century in Jerusalem. Churches are specially decorated on Easter day. On this day, prayers are done for the welfare of the whole world in the church. Along with this, candles are lit in the church and at the same time candles are lit in homes.

 

Chocolate-filled eggs or brightly painted eggs with sweets inside (Easter eggs) are common gifts exchanged on Easter. Churches and homes are decorated with white lilies also known as Easter lilies.

Why we celebrate Easter

 

The symbol of Easter is ‘the Easter bunny’ depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. The day also witnesses lavish feasts and a variety of traditional dishes being cooked and served.
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7 year old Rajveer Chowdhary, a Bookosmian from Kolkata writes a sweet little essay to tell us all about the Easter festival.
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Easter is one of the most important festivals for Christians. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It is celebrated on a Sunday. On this day, people wear new clothes and go to church. After the prayer, there are family reunions and large meals to celebrate the occasion.

Let me tell you about Easter

 

Eggs are also associated with Easter since they are a symbol of rebirth. Many children participate in Easter egg hunts. They search for hidden decorated eggs with tiny candies or toys.

 

Let me tell you about Easter

 

Easter bunnies are another favorite among children, as they get rewarded for their good deeds and they get surprise gifts from easter bunnies!

Easter symbolizes the opening of heaven with the gift of eternal life to everyone.

In India Easter is celebrated with carnivals and dancing. Oh, and another yummy sweet that is eaten is jellybean!

Let me tell you about Easter

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Hey everyone! Your friend, Sara here. Hope you are enjoying celebrating Holi. 9 year old Aarshiya Agarwal, a Bookosmian from Kolkata writes a sweet essay about her organic holi celebrations during the times of the pandemic. Waiting to hear about yours!

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Holi is a festival of colours.Holi is celebrated because of the death of Holika, Hiranyakashyapu’s evil sister.

 

She was killed by her nephew, Bhakt Prahlad. Every year according to the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated but on different dates. It is usually celebrated in March in the spring season. One day before the festival, there is a puja held called Holika Dahan.

An organic holi with my loved ones

On the day of Holi, we play with water and colours. We throw water balloons and put colour on each other. We also play with water guns. After playing, when we go for our bath instead of using soap on our body, we apply a body scrub to get rid of all the colors.

 

An organic holi with my loved ones

 

We eat sweets with our friends and family. This year it is going to be my 2nd holi with my little brother. Nowadays, some people make colours which have bad chemicals. These ruin our skin and cause infections and irritations. So that’s why people have started using natural and organic colours.

 

An organic holi with my loved ones

 

I celebrate Holi with my parents, little sibling, grand and great grandparents and cousins. This year because of the coronavirus, we will not be able to celebrate it properly. I am going to reuse my old water guns because it is not safe to buy new ones from outside. I wish you all a very happy and safe holi!

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It’s Holi! And here I am, your best friend Sara, bringing to you festive stories from across the globe. 8 year old Swara Bhandari, a Bookosmian from Kolkata loves playing water and colours and has a few pranks up her sleeve too! Tell us about your celebrations!

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Holi is the festival of colors. Holi marks the end of the spring season and the beginning of summers.

I love playing Holi because I get to play with water and colors. A day before Holi, we go to a park and see lots of fire. My parents told me that this fire is lit, to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Why Holi is the best festival ever

Every year, I get new water guns from my parents and this year they brought me a swimming pool too. On the morning of Holi, we put colors on all our gods.

My sisters and I play pranks on each other. My cousins and friends too come to enjoy with us. My sisters and I fill small balloons with water one day before Holi.

Why Holi is the best festival ever

We throw these water balloons at all our cousins and friends. Then we put colors on each other and play with water for the whole day.

Why Holi is the best festival ever

Playing Holi is lots of fun. I love playing with water and colors. Holi is the best festival ever.

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Happy Holi everyone! Hope you have a colourful day! 9 year old Navika Kharbanda, a Bookosmian from Noida tells us the story of Holi and why we celebrate it. How are you celebrating? Tell us!

 

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Holi is a festival of joy and enthusiasm. It is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil.

Holi is completely celebrated for two days. The first day is celebrated as Holika Dahan. On this day, Lord Hiranya Kashyap‘s sister Holika sat in the fire with his son Prahlaad as his father did not like his son’s devotion to Lord Vishnu.

 

Why we celebrate holi

 

Holika had taken a boon from god that she would not burn in fire. But, to their surprise Holika got burnt and Prahlaad was seen worshipping Lord Vishnu.

 

Why we celebrate holi

 

It is named Holika Dahan as; Holika is the name of Hiranya Kashyap’s sister and Dahan means ‘burning.’ So, that is how Holika Dahan came into existence.

 

On Holika Dahan people throw groundnuts, popcorn and tilkut into the fire. The next day morning people prepare thandai (dry fruit milk), gujia and the festival is incomplete without the delicious regional delicacy, Rasmalai.

 

Why we celebrate holi

 

On this day children fill balloons with coloured water in it. They also use pichkaris (water guns) to throw coloured water on adults. Our family always celebrates a chemical free Holi.

 

My plans for this year’s Holi is that I will make organic colours at home and help my mother prepare gujia and other Holi delicacies.

Why we celebrate holi

It is also known that Lord Krishna celebrated Holi with marigold flowers with the Gopis.

My most awaited festival has arrived. Happy Holi!

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Today is #Mahashivratri, a night celebrating Lord Shiva.

 

Here is 10 year old Saanvi Agarwal from Kolkata telling us about its significance along with sharing a beautiful drawing.

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Maha Shivratri literally means the night of lord Shiva.
It is a prominent Hindu festival celebrated with great glory all over the country. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married on this day.
It is also believed that on this day Lord Shiva saved the world from destruction by drinking the deadly poison.
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People observe fast, sing bhajans and perform Yajnas to please the lord.

On this auspicious day, I pray to Lord Shiva to bless us all with good health and save the world from the destructive coronavirus.

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‘May Goddess Saraswati grant us wisdom on Vasant Panchami’ says 10 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Basant Panchami went by a few days back but there is never a bad time to ask for a little extra wisdom from the Goddess of wisdom, Saraswati, right?

 

Here is 10 year old Saanvi Agarwal from Kolkata sharing a beautiful artwork on the occasion of Basant Panchami.

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I am sharing my artwork for Goddess Saraswati, on the occasion of Vasant Panchmi.

I developed a keen interest in doodling during lockdown. It takes away my boredom and makes me happy. Whenever I want to relax, I doodle.

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I pray to her to grant us with wisdom and knowledge.

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‘Vasant Panchami – The Festival Of Scholars’ Essay by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Happy Basant Panchami to you all.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saraswati Puja or Vasant Panchami is the festival of scholars. On this day, goddess Saraswati is worshipped. She is considered to be the goddess of knowledge, art and music.

She holds the veena (a musical instrument) and also referred to as ‘Veena Vadini’. This festival in India follows an another important festival-Makar Sankranti.

Vasant Panchami marks the onset of the spring season. It is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the Indian month of Magh. In the southern part of India, this festival falls on navaratri. This festival is followed by another major festival – Holi.

It is believed that on this day goddess Saraswati was born. She is the companion of Brahma, also revered as his Shakti (power). It was with her knowledge, that Brahma created the universe. This festival is celebrated in temples, homes schools, colleges and educational institutions. Goddess Sarawati’s favourite colour is white. She is seen as the serene Goddess wearing a crescent moon on her brow riding a swan or seated on a lotus flower.

There is also a custom of ancestor worship, known as ‘Pitri-Tarpan’ in many parts of India during Vasant Panchami.

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‘Kite flying during Uttarayan (Sankranti)’ by 5 year old Kiara Golwala from New York

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Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan or Maghi or simply Sankranti, is a festival day in the Hindu calendar,  dedicated to the deity Surya.

I am so excited to hear how my friends across the world share about how they celebrate the harvest festival.

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Here is 5 year old Kiara talking about how she learnt about the festival and celebrated it in New York. Kiara goes to pre  kindergarten at child time, Queensbury, NY.

 

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Every year, my mom explains to me how she celebrated kite flying festival (Uttarayan) in India. Every year, she makes chikki (sesame cookie) too.

 

My mom and I make kites. I decorate the kites. My mom tells me they used to go up to the terrace to fly kites and enjoy kite fights. I live in USA and we don’t  have a terrace. So we go to the backyard and fly kites.

 

I love the sesame chikki. My mom tells me that it is a healthy cookie. I also painted the kite on a canvas with my mom. I practiced few Gujarati words related to Uttarayan.

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‘Eat Sweet And Talk Sweet’ By 7 year old Keshav Lodha from Mumbai

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Here’s 7 year old Keshav from Navi Mumbai telling us about the celebrations at his state Maharashtra.

 

 

 

 

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Makar Sankranti is an Indian festival celebrated in different parts of the country. It usually falls on 14th of January. It is also known as uttarayan, pongal or kite festival. The sun God is worshipped on this festival.
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People wear new clothes, decorate their house with thoran and make rangoli. Sweets such as pongal, tilgud etc are made. People enjoy flying kites.
In Maharashtra, people wear black coloured clothes. They exchange sweets made with sesame seeds cum jaggery and wish each other “Tilgud ghya Ani goad bola” which means ‘Eat sweet and talk sweet.’
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My family is totally amusing and comical. We cousins are lovable and adorable, at least that’s what we feel!
Everyone calls us the ‘Gurls Gang’.
There is a famous temple festival in my native place and here’s what usually happens on the day of the festival.
We the ‘Gurls Gang’ dress-up almost like twins and wear the same dresses. We even match with the same accessories. My sister is the designer of the group as she combs our hair and makes it prettier than anyone else in the world can. And she also does makeup for us which looks so good.
On the festival morning, we wake up earlier in the morning than usual and enjoy drawing rangolis. My little sister loves to colour them up and we also decorate them up with flowers.
We prepare a sweet with raw rice flour and jaggery and make it into round balls and carry those to temples and praise god.
We enjoy eating ice-creams, chocolates and more food items on that day. And at the night time the whole house is full of guests and we start to decorate our house with yellow and orange flowers and start to prepare pongal in the outside of our house using a pot then we keep decorative candles and burn crackers and we totally enjoy the day a lot.  We end the day taking thousands of selfies and even those with funny filters and effects!
We sleep only by 2 am and wake up the next day only at 11 am. These are all the things I do on the family get-togethers. But due to this covid situation, we haven’t met each other for one year but we see each other through video calls. There there isn’t a love as special as the one cousins have for each other.
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‘My Special Christmas’ Poem by 10 year old Bookosmian from Mumbai

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The Christmas and New Year festivities helped us make some special memories, to end a grim year.

Here is 10 year old Prachi Kothari from Mumbai, sharing with us what made her year end festivities special.

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Poem-My Special Christmas

In the chilly morning, the shiny blue sky

I went out to play in the snow but something happened as if in a sci-fi,

A golden spot lit as I touched my feet to snow.

 

I flew far away from that golden glow

I bounced on a roller which had attractive gifts,

And cute little elves were working hard and had red rosy lips

“Ho ho ho,” spoke a voice

While I was still on the roller with no joy.

 

The voice was Santa Claus’s, wearing his peculiar red cap

And in his hands, a big bag with an arresting wrap,

But in no seconds before I could ask Santa any question,

I reached my home back with popping questions, “Was it fiction?”

The day was Christmas and we kept sock and cookies,

And decorated the Christmas tree.

 

With shining, dangling bells

And with colourful glistening stars,

I felt this Christmas was the best.

And I slept wondering, what would happen next

I always wished if I had a telescope,

Or a going-to-space rope

 

The next wintry morning I woke up,

I opened the gift and it was incredible,

I got the telescope I had always wished for.

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‘A Jolly Time of the Year’ Poem by a 9 year old Bookosmian

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Here is a jolly poem talking of a jolly time, by 9 year old Noah Batolar from Gurgaon. Noah is a student of Kathavachak, Not Just Tales.

 

 

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Christmas is a jolly time of year

Where everyone opens up to good times and cheer

Nothing can stop this holiday

Almost everyone celebrates this day.

 

All negative thoughts are thrown into a pit

Christmassssssssssssss, what a jolly time

Put up the decorations

Light up the fireplace

Sing the carols and

All of that is just the beginning for a cheerful new year!

Let’s welcome this new year !! Poem by 16 year old Bookosmian from Ahmedabad

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Time to make new resolutions ,
To forget all delusions,
As it’s the end of one
And beginning of a new year!
One full year went by ,
Three hundred and sixty five days , oh my!
To all my near and dear ,
Wish you a happy new year !
We’ll certainly be older, oh boy
But let’s spread happiness and joy
Keeping aside all our fears ,
Let’s welcome this new year !!
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It is time to leave 2020 behind- Essay by 9 year old Bookosmian from Ranchi

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Happy New Year friends, Sara here! Here is hoping 2021 will be nothing like 2020. Read this wonderful essay by 9 year old Sia Patel from Ranchi about how she is ready with fresh positivity to greet the new year, even after a very tough 2020.

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2020 wasn’t as exciting as I thought. It was more like a prison but it was good spending quality time with my parents, my sister and my pet dog. In this pandemic I hardly bothered about day, date, and month because everyday seemed the same to me.

Soon online classes started. Initially, it was boring as no one understood the instructions given by the teachers. They did not mute themselves and time was wasted. We could not talk to our friends which was the worst part. If it  would have been school I could have played with them at lunch break but there was no school so no playing and mostly no talking.
Soon we made a friends group on mobile and we started doing zoom meetings but that also did not happen often as our parents restricted our screen time. Because of this pandemic, I wasn’t able to meet my new class teacher or my  new friends in the class.

 

I did get to learn many new things while staying at home like  doodling from a  book by Liz Pichon known as TOM Gates. I read lots of books, yes, a total of 31 books! Few things were really fun doing while staying at home.

What I missed most was celebrating festivals like we did earlier and vacations to a new place. Everything was restricted with a limited number of friends and relatives. I even lost my grandfather in September this year due to his illness. I miss him so much. He loved and pampered my sister and me a lot.

The only thing that was good this year was I got my first pet dog, Bingo.  He is very cute and mostly a good friend of mine. I had so many plans for 2020 with my friends. We had already discussed our ideas for celebrating our birthday parties with different themes but nothing could be executed because of  coronavirus. We did most of the celebrations virtually this year.

Now that it’s time for the year end of 2020 so let’s welcome 2021 and say goodbye to 2020. Let’s  stay strong for facing all the problems in future and  hope that 2021 brings lots of good time and positivity to everyone.

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Hurray!!  Christmas and New Year festivities are making this dull year end on a good note!

 

 

Here is hoping that the next year will be nothing like this one.

 

Before we bid goodbye to Christmas celebrations, here is an exciting story by 9 year old Yeddah Krishani  from Batolar, Gurgaon. Yeddah is a student of Little Kathakar Writers’ Club sessions at Not Just Tales.

 

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Once upon a Christmas, Mother Mary was creating cookies for the man in red and white. You guessed it! SANTA!  Father Filch was decorating the tree and I was doing the best thing a child could do! Sitting in bed with my laptop playing  Roblox with my friends. I was in the middle of killing people in BIG! Paintball to launch my first nuke when my father told me that I had to make cookies.

 

I was about to say no but my father gave me the look. I had no choice but to  make cookies with my mother. I made a special Rudolph cookie. It was looking soooooooo delicious. I was about to eat it when my mother told me to go to my room and get ready for bed. I did as my mother asked. I was lying in bed and fell asleep.

 

In the middle of the night, the gingerbread Rudolph WOKE ME UP. He said,”Do not worry. I am not here to hurt you. I am here to help you to achieve your  dream of meeting Santa Claus!” I was not surprised because I swear I saw an eye movement in the oven but SANTA CLAUS!!! I AM SO EXCITED.

 

I quietly went outside the house. I was already taking driving lessons so I quickly took the van and carrying snacks like Takis, marshmallows, sores, chips and my laptop we went on and on until we reached a stop.  It was Christmas night. Rudolph said, “Saint Nick and Saint Vera, it is your Rudolph cookie who wishes to visit you, please”. Suddenly a man with red clothes, a black belt with a golden belt-buckle, a snow-white collar, and black shoes appeared.

 

He shouted in a very deep voice, “HO HO HO! MERRY CHRISTMAS LITTLE WESSIE.” I was surprised Santa knew my name. “What brings you here today? What wish do you wish from my wishing stock?” Santa asked.

I enquired, “Can I see your village?”

“HO HO HO, your wish is my command, my lady”, replied Santa.

After seeing a huge village filled with elves and reindeer, I asked for one last wish, “May I go home, and with a snap of a finger, I did! Was it all a dream? Then I saw my answer. I saw the Rudolph the red-nosed gingerbread on a plate in front of me.

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‘Want to impress Santa in 2021?’ Step by Step Guide by 12 year old Bookosmian from Mumbai

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Hurray!!  Christmas and New Year festivities are making this dull year end on a good note! Here is hoping that the next year will be nothing like this one.

Before we bid goodbye to Christmas celebrations, 12 year old Samaira from Mumbai shares the secret recipe to please Santa. Lets make a note of it for next year, shall we?

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Samaira Bhansali studies at the Cathedral School in Mumbai.  Her passion is writing and journalism, because it helps her connect with  herself. She usually writes autobiographies on exciting incidents that she has been through. She is a student of Little Kathakar Writers’ Club sessions at Not Just Tales.

How to Impress Santa:

Ingredients –
1 teaspoon of promises
1 tablespoon of prayers
1/2 a cup of discipline
1 cup of understanding
5 cups of chores
4 cups of listening
8 ladles of love
25 cups of goodness
3 cups of manners
50 cups of laughter

Directions –

1] Finish your homework, brush your hair, have a shower, show love and care.

2] Wake up fresh, do your chores,  don’t forget to sweep the floors.

3] Attend school, pay attention, do not get yourself into detention.

4] Help out, keep your promise, clean up, show your goodness.
5] Go to bed, say your prayers, don’t forget to show good manners

6] Always keep discipline, show that you are listening.

7] To your friends, show understanding, always continue being outstanding.

8] Laugh out loud, celebrate, make sure you finish all the cake.

9] Joke about, there’s no limit, run around, keep up the spirit

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‘Action at the North Pole’ Christmas Thriller by 13 year old Bookosmian from Mysore

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Hurray!!  Christmas and New Year festivities are making this dull year end on a good note! Here is hoping that the next year will be nothing like this one.

11 year old Prahas Balaji from Mysore shares this action packed thriller, based in a freezing region that is Santa’s home. Prahas goes to Excel Public School, Mysore and is a student of The Hobby Place.

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I sat on my comfortable chair in the Winter Grand Resort, a resort that had just come up recently. It was perfect for winter. I wiggled my toes to feel the  warmth of the fire in the chimney. I wore a comfortable black coat with cyan frost designs on it.

It was then that the fire sputtered out of life. I spun around, all the light had  turned to darkness as a swirling vortex of snow and ice burst into my room and a man stepped out. He was wearing the exact same coat as me but he had an ice crown and icy blue eyes and walked with regal grace. He offered his hands towards me but I noticed the tips of his fingers were frozen. I got up myself. “I see you too bought your coat in the human trading palace,” he said in an icy tone. “I think you mean the mall,” I said, shivering.

“Yes, yes, whatever,” he placed his hands on his head and spoke again.
“I am Vulmir the frost king. I live in the north pole. I believe you have heard of one of my citizens ,Santa Claus?”

“Yeah, but I did not know he lives in a kingdom,” I replied.

“In winter, the entire world is my kingdom, however that is not the point. I am part of the Seasons Council and as the name suggests we govern the seasons. However we have a enemy known as Inthe. We banished him long ago and continued governing the seasons and of course he had to bombard MY season,” he let a sigh and a cloud of frost left his mouth.

“So what do you want me to do? “I asked.

“I need you to defeat him of course! Humans are his weakness.”

“Why don’t you ask your council?” I questioned again.

“Because I don’t want to burden them with the problem of my festival, so are you coming?” he said as he waved his hands and the portal of ice and snow opened again. I stepped through the portal.

 

I found myself in what I guessed was the North Pole. It was surprisingly warm. I figured it was some winter magic. There was a vast kingdom below the snow hill and was made out of ice!! There were snow fairies, ice dwarfs, elves and more living in the houses below. A large castle of ice loomed in the center.

Behind me was a gingerbread village and elves were wearing Christmas colors. “Is that Santa’s village,” I asked.

“Yes it is. He, after all is the highlight of my season.” Then he looked down at the snow and blew at it. The snow swirled away revealing a ice door facing  downwards. Vulmir bent down and opened the door. It opened into a black void and Vulmir jumped through. I followed.

 

We were in an ice cave. There were icicles hanging from the ceiling and in the  center of the room there was a large ice crystal, glowing with energy. Vulmir  spoke, “This is the heart of winter which gives it, its magic. It has been tainted and you will remove the mark of evil that has befallen this beautiful crystal.”

He waved his hand and a glowing sword appeared in his hands. It was made of gold and what looked like fire. It stood out against the blueness of the  cave. “This is the sword that was used to banish Inthe and now you wield it. Defeat him and return.” With that I disappeared in a puff of cyan smoke.

 

I found myself in an icy wasteland. Nothing was in sight. The ice below me was smooth. I would have frozen if not for the fire sword. I heard a deep laughter and spun around. There he was, in an armour of black metal and a black scythe in hand. He was laughing like I was a comedy film and it filled me with hatred.

I said, “What is so funny?”

“The fact that Vulmir sent a human to defeat me,” he said.

“Well, we’ll see about that,” I said and lunged at him with my sword. He sidestepped me and thrust his hand, as I felt an invisible force push me to the  ground.

He loomed above me and said, “All hope is lost for you.” I balled my hands into fists and said in a determined voice, “No hope is not lost. Hope cannot be lost  as long as you believe in it. Humans are better.”

I rose to my feet and looked him in the eye. “We can love, create, have  compassion but you and your magic is nothing compared to the strength that I have. That is what make us your greatest weakness. I may not have magic but I have strength, in ways you cannot imagine.” With that I pushed him to the icy  ground and touched the sword to his temple and with that he disappeared in a vortex of golden light blinding me.

 

I was back at the LODGE and I looked around to see if the whole thing had  been true. I looked up and saw a sleigh in the sky pulled by reindeers and I  smiled.

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Everyone is happy, everyone is excited! Poem by 12 year old Bookosmian from Bareilly, UP

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Christmas is here and I love the festive cheer in the air.
We really needed this festival to come cheer us up, didnt we? Wishing the joy lingers on till the end of this year.
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Here is 12 year old Aishwarya Singh from Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh sharing her joy with us. Aishwarya is a student of Chickar International School, Bareilly.
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Everyone is happy
Everyone is excited
For the time has come
Knows as Christmas.
Decorating houses for Santa to come
He will give us gifts which we will all love.
We should be nice and honest
And never be naughty
Because if we will do this
We will not get gifts from him.
Singing carols
Making cake
Feeling excited
For this day.
For the whole year,
I have been a nice kid
So that he can drop my gift
Through the chimney at my place..
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Jingle Bells, jingle bells..Christmas is here! Poem by 14 year old Bookosmian from Jalandhar

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Christmas is here and I love the festive cheer in the air.
Here is 14 year old Guneev Kaur from Jalandhar, sharing the reasons why this festival is so special to her.
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Guneev Kaur is am avid reader, who loves to read and write. Participating in  various competition and getting appreciated from others motivates her to do better. She thinks writing is a medium for three- pen, paper and herself. Guneev is a student of St Joseph’s Convent School, Jalandhar.
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Jingle bells, jingle bells
X mas is here, enveloped in its beautiful smell,
It spreads its unique spray
Filled…. with euphoria and bliss
You and I, entire year, wait for it
So as our expectations do not go in vain; not even a bit
Santa wrapped in his red outerwear
So much he brings for us to share.
His presence glitter in the sky
Making us want to fly high!
Tiny tots await their presents
Which make their days pleasant
Keeping their socks ready,
They sleep with a teddy.
Of Santa’s shape and size
Believing he will shower them with surprise
Trees get decorated
Extinguishing that filthy hatred.
Leaves shine with pride
“It’s my day,” in contentment they cry
Beautiful star over its head
More attraction added to the colour red.
The smell of Christmas starts weeks before,
Fragrance in galore
Everywhere and anywhere
Some wait for vacations
Whilst the others for celebrations
For its the perfect time to care and share
We celebrate Jesus’ birth
With love and glory, on this Earth
With carols and prayers
Having its own historic glory
The festive spreads the message of harmony!!

‘Rudolph, the red masked reindeer’ Poem by 11 year old Bookosmian from Delhi

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Christmas is here and I love the festive cheer in the air.
How is Rudolph, the red nosed reindeer coping with Christmas during COVID? Here is an interesting poem by 11 year old Varnika Agarwal from Delhi, talking about it.
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Varnika is a student of Little Kathakar Writers’Club by Not Just Tales Founder KathaVachak Khushboo
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Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
Is now a red masked one,
He who once had a round flashlight in the middle of his face
Now seems to have none.

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On 24 December 2020
He was flying Santa’s sleigh at a great pace,
So fast that when a strong wind blew
It blew Rudolph’s mask into his face.

 

He shrieked and cried, “Wait, my mask flew off!!!”
He panicked and could not fly
The wind blew hard and threw him, Santa and the sleigh
Across the cloudy sky.

 

The Sleigh crashed on a roof
Rudolph toppled and hit a wooden chimney
Which caused the sleigh to rise
And launched Santa into the sky. He cried, “Help me!!!!!”
Luckily Santa did not get hurt
When he landed on the fluffy snow
But Rudolph now knows that
Flying with a mask on, is not as easy as it looks so.

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‘Santa, this year I don’t ask for gifts’ Poem by 12 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Christmas is finally here! Hurray!!!
I want it to stay for a while.
What does 12 year old Suhani Khemka from Kolkata want? Check out her wonderful poem.
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Dear Santa Claus,
I hope I am on your nice list,
But this year I don’t ask for gifts,
I want to learn some values instead.

 

All I want is a talk with you
To learn lessons as I grow up,
So, I know where to stand up
I want to know your life view.

 

Life has ups and downs,
Could you teach me how to be strong?
How to correct myself when I am wrong?
When you come to my town.

 

I hope to meet you soon,
And talk sitting by the fire,
In a perfect Christmas attire,
Oh! what a boon.

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‘Winter is when Christmas comes’ Poem by Bookosmian from Mysore

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Hey everyone, Hey friends, Sara here! Can you feel the chill in the wind? 0 year old Lakshyan Raj from Mysore, talks about all that the chill of winter brings, including Christmas…yipppeee!

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Lakshyan is a keen explorer. He loves drawing doodles, painting and playing outdoors. He is very comfortable with more friends around him to play with.He is a student of The Hobby Place.

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Winter, winter pleasant and cold
Winter, winter Gingerbread mould
Winter is when Christmas comes
Winter is when Santa Claus bumps

It is when we stay in
It is when togetherness begins
The polar bear has thick fur
It helps it to avoid cold that makes us go burr!!!

 

Mom makes us some hot chocolate
That makes us warm
And my mom does not let me go to the big farm!
I like snow but before I play,
My dad has to plow the snow .

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‘Christmas Limericks’ by 8 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Christmas is almost here and I love the festive cheer in the air.
Here is a special combination of Christmas limericks by  8 year old Harshika Agarwal from Kolkata.
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Harshika Agarwal goes to LaMartinere For Girls, Kolkata and is a student of Word Munchers. She is very creative and keeps herself occupied. She has different outlook towards life and can associate things with colours.  Learning to draw and put her imagination on paper, swimming and book reading is her passion. She is a very cheerful girl in all respect.
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It’s time for cakes, carols and lights,
No grownups and children will fight.
Its time to spread happiness and joy,
As Santa is giving us toys.
It is a very beautiful sight.

 

Rudolph had a red nose,
On Christmas eve he comes in his pose.
The sleigh is loaded with goodies,
Santa is ready with his hoodie.
Its so cold, frozen are all the hose.

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‘Six Presents Away’ Poem by 12 year old Bookosmian from Bangalore

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Christmas is almost here and I love the festive cheer in the air.
Here is an interesting poem by 12 year old Vibisha Mulgundmath from Bangalore, on what Christmas during COVID would be like.
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6 presents away 🎁😷

I’VE GOT MY WISH LIST

SANITIZERS, MASKS AND THE VACCINE💉

Stand 6 Presents away 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁

On any day.

 

Wear a mask 😷

And in the sun you can bask☀

Wash your hands,🤲

While singing along🎙

To the happy tunes 🎼🎶

Of a birthday song 🍰

WISHING YOU A SAFE AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS!🎄

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‘I, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer’ Story by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Christmas is almost here and I love the festivities and cheer in the air. But every now and then we also need our imagination to take off, right?
Today’s creative story by 9 year old Sanvi Atul Sharma from Kolkata has Rudolph the red nosed reindeer take us on an adventurous day.
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It was two days before Christmas in the North Pole and I, Rudolf the red nosed  reindeer, was trotting happily and returning to my stable.

 

Before leaping onto my sweet smelling hay bed, I decided to visit Santa Claus,  my master, the world’s best toy-maker, who is so large-hearted that he  distributes it among the children of the world, free of cost, from his  humongous factory.

 

When I went in, all was going well and the elves and penguins were working on the last gifts. I went to see my master; and as he was always outside his office  when the penguins wrapped the gifts. I also wanted to ask him why he wasn’t out right now. Humming my own Christmas carol along the way, I reached  Santa’s office and knocked. No answer! Now this was really weird, Santa never stays quiet when someone knocks at his door. I pushed the door with my antlers and entered, Santa wasn’t there! I examined the whole room and searched for clues about where Santa had disappeared. After a while I saw a large green paper which read, “Santa is gone. There will be no Christmas  ANYMORE!” ~ The Grinch.

 

Who was this Grinch? I had no idea, but I had to go and save Santa- and Christmas. Then it struck me and I remembered we have CCTV cameras, of course! I saw the CCTV footage and saw that the Grinch was actually Radar, an evil reindeer who hates Christmas for no reason. The good news was that I  knew where he lived, which was in a small cottage near the Santa’s toy factory.

 

After a few minutes, I had made up my mind to go and defeat Radar. Luckily, I  was able to fly unlike normal reindeer and I reached my destination speedily.  When I reached the cottage, I saw that it was locked from the outside and the  key was nowhere to be seen. Although it was such an unfortunate situation, I  had a solution to the problem. I knew how to pick locks with a hairpin, and sometimes even with a thin stick. I rummaged around in the snow looking for a thin and sharp object. After a while I found one and quickly unlocked the  cottage’s door.

 

I tiptoed in, and saw that Santa was tied up with thick and strong ropes firmly  to a chair. When I looked closely, I saw that they were not ropes but only a few  branches tucked together! With the help of my antlers, I broke them and led  Santa to safety.

When we got back to the factory, all was going well. Santa thanked me with all  his heart and rewarded me by giving me a present! It ended happily after all!

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‘Santa’s nephew, to the rescue!’ An imaginative story by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Christmas is almost here and I love the festivities and cheer in the air. But every now and then we also need our imagination to take off, right?
Here is 9 year old Vivaan Sanghvi from Kolkata taking us on a creative spin with Santa!
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Vivaan Sanghvi is a dreamer, creator and explorer. He loves to read, write and build creative things from Lego. He has an in-depth knowledge about vintage cars. Vivaan goes to The Heritage School, Kolkata and is a student of Word Munchers.
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It would have been a calm Christmas Eve, had it not been for the trolls, who had invaded Santa’s toy factory, destroying the toy making machine.

 

I am Ivan, half human and half fairy. My fairy mother is Santa’s sister and when I am not in school, I help Santa in his factory. I do all jobs: bathe the reindeers,  give Santa milk and cookies and keep an eye on the elves so that they don’t get naughty.

 

That day was devastating. We were just putting the metal to make last 100  toys in the machine when the roof collapsed and a bunch of Trolls jumped in, breaking the machine while landing.

“Hurray! We have destroyed the machine! Now, no more Christmas and no more happiness,” said the Trolls and fled away.

 

On seeing this, Santa broke down. “Oh no! The last batches of toys were for the poor children! It is the most important part of Christmas for me! Now what will I do? I cannot break the hearts of those innocent kids!” Santa sobbed.

 

I felt bad on seeing Santa cry, for he was a very jolly man. I stepped up and  offered a solution.

“Santa, I can get all my toys from home and you can give those to the poor children. I am sure they would like them.”

 

On hearing this Santa was very happy and hugged me tightly and said, “What would I have done without you? You have lifted a burden from my heart!”

 

In the end, everything was right and Christmas was saved.

“Ho! Ho! Ho!”

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‘Christmas is here!’ A cheerful poem by 9 year old Bookosmian from Texas, USA

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Christmas is almost here and I love the festivities in the air. But not as much as I love reading these wonderful write ups from kids across the world!
Today’s cheerful poem is by 9 year old  Alesha Jariwala from Katy, Texas, USA.
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Christmas is here
All the towns with holiday cheer!
Santa and his elves
With the cookies to themselves.

 

The snow and the ice
The nutcracker and mice,
All the colorful lights
They shine so bright.

The gingerbread spice
Oh! It smells so nice
All kids with their toys
They are filled with joys.

Santa comes through the full moon
With all surprises and boon.
The star on the tree
Oh Christmas! You have some glee.

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‘Santa’s evil twin brother’ Story by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Christmas is almost here and I love the festivities in the air. But not as much as I love reading these wonderful write ups from kids across the world!
Today’s roller coaster ride into Santa’s world, is written by 9 year old Siddharth Mundra from Kolkata.
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In a small town in the Laplands of Finland, I am an elf called Genome. I work in Santa’s Toy Factory and I am the chief of the elves.

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Siddharth is 9 yrs of age. His current favourite hobbies are reading Harry Potter books and watching the recent English Premier League football matches which have resumed after the Covid crisis.

 

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The day before Christmas Eve, there was chaos in the factory. The incident  was that Santa Claus’s evil, almost identical twin brother had tricked Santa into making him the owner of the factory. This Santa was acting strange and was  accompanied by naughty little goblins and imps. He was rude to us and asked  us all to leave the Room of Gifts. I suspected that this was someone else and  not the real Santa.

 

We could hear a lot of activity in that room. As I peeked inside the room, I saw that these naughty men were packing up all the toys in lots of bags. I was  horrified and had to act fast. What followed was a scuffle between the two groups . But this Santa had some magical powers too. He cast a spell and my  elves and I, we all fainted. When we regained consciousness we were  devastated. An old elf remembered that a long time back Santa had told him  about his evil brother, The Fiend Patrik. He wanted to steal the happiness of  people but Santa had banished him to the mythical world of nightmares where  he stayed with Satan. He had returned to cause this misfortune.

Alas! we had to find the real Santa because Christmas was around the corner. I  sent out search parties to look for Santa. We found Santa’s broken sleigh as  we went inside the snow covered dangerous forest. The reindeers were  nowhere to be seen. As we moved along we heard muffled noises but couldn’t  see anything. Suddenly I stumbled over something. I couldn’t see anyone but I  felt something. There was a big rock . The muffled noise was definitely coming from under it. With all our elf power and light from the lanterns, we moved the  rock and dug into the deep snow. There was Santa, barely breathing and  almost frozen.

 

We took him to the factory and and warmed him up. Now we  had to get back the stolen gifts. We knew where the houses of these naughty  goblins were. We reached there to find them all making merry and eating and drinking. We sprayed the entire area with a gas which would put them off to sleep in minutes. With masks on our nose, we crept upto the houses and retrieved all  our lost bags of toys and returned to the factory . The fiend Patrick was tied up and produced before Santa. This time he was banished never to be seen again.

 

At last happiness reigned . It was Christmas Eve. We were ready to deliver the gifts to all the children who had written letters to Santa , all who had hung up  their stockings as well as to all the children who had been good over the year.

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‘How will Santa come to our house, if we don’t have a chimney?’ Story by 5 year old Bookosmian from Queensbury, NY

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Christmas is almost here and I love the festivities in the air. But not as much as I love reading these wonderful write ups from kids across the world!
Today, 5 year old Kiara from Queensbury, NY shares this adorable story.
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How will Santa Claus come to our house, if we don’t have a chimney?
I wish for a bounce house this Christmas. I wrote a letter to Santa. I was very good this year.
I asked my mommy, “How will Santa Claus come to our house if we don’t have a chimney?” I saw in the book Santa Claus comes to the house from chimney. All my friends have chimney. So I won’t get a gift?
Mommy gave me a key. I put it close to the door. Santa Claus will come from the door and will bring me a gift.
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Mommy will make cookies and hot cocoa for Santa. Daddy will put maple syrup on the roof. Reindeer will get stuck there and Santa does not have to go too fast. He can eat cookies and hot cocoa.
I am so excited for the Christmas!
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‘Meeting Santa in my house!’ Story by 6 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Hurray!! December is here which means Christmas and New Year festivities.

Here is hoping that the next year will be nothing like this one.

6 year old Reyaansh Jhawar from Kolkata imagines every little detail of what it would be like to meet Santa!

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It was Christmas eve. I was excited to get gifts.

I was not sure that Santa Claus would meet me. I did not even think of sleeping that night. I sat on the sofa and switched on the television. Till midnight, I was  watching television.

 

Suddenly at a distance I heard footsteps on the stairs. I quietly went  downstairs to check and I was surprised to see Santa Claus standing there. I  was overjoyed and ran downstairs to hug him.

I invited him into my house and gave Santa some hot chocolate to drink. I asked him some questions about himself. We spoke about ourselves for a while. After that, I asked Santa if I could get a short ride on his sleigh.

‘Ho…ho…ho..’ said Santa and he said, I could get a ride.

After the ride was over, Santa gave me a fire engine truck as my gift and I was very happy receiving it as I had wanted it for quite some time. After sometime, Santa got up and said goodbye. Then he went downstairs and got into his  sleigh. Then he went with a zoom into the sky and went away.

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‘Take care of yourself, Santa’ Letter by 11 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Hurray!! December is here which means Christmas and New Year festivities.

Here is hoping that the next year will be nothing like this one.

It has been a hard year for everyone, including Santa. Right?  Today’s write up is a compassionate letter for Santa by 11 year old R.S.Ananya from Chennai.
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Ananya is studying in class 5 of NSN Memorial Chitlapakkam Chennai. Her favourite movie is Harry Potter. Her hobbies are singing, dancing, stitching, and designing clothes for her dolls. She wants to become a fashion designer and have her own company. She loves to help people.

 

 

 

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Dear Santa,

MERRY CHIRSTMAS!! I know you would be very busy in your factory. Please convey my wishes to your little helpers, the Elves. They would also be busy, I
think. You should also take care of yourselves. We must be very careful. I hope we have a better CHIRSTMAS next year.

 

I know you love to make children happy right. I ask you a very small gift. Please
spread your happiness all over the world and. I also love your reindeers and  how they can fly in the sky. I only have one small question.

 

Won’t you get sick while flying in that cold night?

 

You are the only one who lives in the North Pole. Do you enjoy yourself there and how do you manage all the naughty elves? They look so cute and they are very helpful. I know I asked you a lot of questions!

I would love to share some things with you. Can you please help the poor  people who have been cold and have no food?

 

I love your factory. I wish I could be there. I love your costume. It is so pretty.

Every CHIRSTMAS I would wait for you but would fall asleep and you would put my gifts in my stocking and go away. I wonder if I should give you something so you would also have a present. You must also be very hungry from all that work. I will also keep some nice treats, so you can take some to your little  workers and your flying reindeers.

 

Hope you and your workers enjoy it. And one last question. Why do you always come at night and don’t you get sleepy or tired? OK, that’s two questions. I think you should also take rest after CHIRSTMAS and take care of yourself.

You know my favourite thing about CHIRSTMAS is enjoying with my family by  playing games, singing, dancing and so on. My sister and I love to sing carols for our family. Hope you also enjoy with your family.

 

I also love the way you laugh Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho. MERRY CHIRSTMAS once again. I hope you have time to read my letter. Enjoy your day Santa.

Love you lots!!
Ananya

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‘To: North Pole, Gift Ville, Candy Cane Street, House No:77 Toy Factory’ Letter to Santa by 11 year old Bookosmian from Mysore

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11 year old Prahas Balaji from Mysore shares this heartfelt letter to Santa this year. Prahas goes to Excel Public School, Mysore and is a student of The Hobby Place.
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Dear Santa,

It has been a rough year. Pandemic followed by lockdown and then online school instead of regular ones!

But of course it is that time of the year again, the legendary Christmas. I hope you have prepared to lift everyone’s moods up. They are after all looking forward to the festival seasons. I hope I have been in your good books because this letter is one for a wish list. Let’s get into it then. Over the past years, I have got many gifts so I do not know what to ask of you. 

Maybe let’s start with the gifts I need you to give to others. Every year I ask of a gift of the erosion of poverty yet that is one of the few gifts you can not seem to give. Isn’t it funny how the most important gifts are the ones you can not deliver? I request of you to provide all those children who are yet to experience the magic of Christmas, their own miracle. Grant the earth’s wish for humans to evolve. And finally my wish for the peace of the world.

 

Hoping this letter finds you in your toy factory working away and a thank you on behalf of all the children in the world.

Prahas Balaji

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‘When Santa hired me as a helper’ Story by 8 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Hurray!! December is here which means Christmas and New Year festivities. Here is hoping that the next year will be nothing like this one.

 

Today’s write up by 8 year old Nirav Prakash from Kolkata imagines him being hired as Santa’s helper and what that will entail 🙂

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Nirav is a happy go lucky child. He is an observant child who uses his daily events around him and creates wonderful stories out of them. He loves to read books as well as newspaper. He likes adventure travel and takes lot of photos. A collector of transformers robots and likes to watch Marvels Avenger and Disney’s cartoons. Nirav goes to La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata and is a student of Word Munchers.

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Last year, when I wrote a letter to the Santa, I expressed my desire to work for
him. I was overwhelmed when this year, I heard from Santa.

 

He wanted to hire me. I am very creative and amazing in making animal figures so Santa gave me the job of making different animal toy figures.

 

When I entered the factory, I was  amazed by seeing the huge architecture with little elves working diligently on   their designated spots. On my first day  of the job, I made a beautiful bird by toothpicks. Santa was impressed and  many elves who were so far distant, became co-operative after seeing my creative work. A few became my good friends too.

 

After every hour, we got a break and one of my elf friend suggested that we  should go out of the factory to feed some cookies to Santa’s reindeers and to  my surprise, the reindeers loved eating cookies. The moment we stepped out  of the factory, I nearly froze as the weather was nippy. We quickly met and fed  the reindeers and rushed inside the factory and I drank two glasses of hot  cider.

I made a lot of toy animals and Santa was extremely happy seeing my creative work. Before leaving, I requested Santa if he could hire me again next year. I  would come up with more creative and amazing toys as this was my most  memorable experience.

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“Santa is calling in sick. Who will rescue Christmas?” Story by 12 year old Bookosmian from Mumbai

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When Santa takes ill, who would rescue Christmas? Today’s exciting write up is by 12 year old Arav Barmecha from Mumbai.  Arav studies at Ascend International School, Mumbai .

 

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“Santa! Santa! Are you ok?” Ms. Clause asks.

“I think I have fallen ill from all the soot in the chimneys that I deliver gifts from,” Santa says as he sneezes on his napkin and stares at the black powder from his lungs.

“No, No, you can’t be sick today. It is Christmas Eve! You have to deliver all the gifts today!” Ms. Clause exclaims.

“I am getting too old and sick from all that soot!”  Santa says.

“What will happen to Christmas if Santa is sick?” Ms. Clause asks worryingly.

“You must save Christmas, you must!” Santa exclaimed.

Ms. Clause calls three elves and tells them to get Santa’s supplies and get the sledge ready. She summons two more elves and tells them to keep an eye on Santa, just in case.

Ms. Clause wore Santa’s extra suit, beard, belt, hat, and even his boots. Ms. Clause was getting ready to board the magic sledge when the voice of Santa broke through, “You forgot to take the gifts bag.”

Ms. Clause ran towards the living room and picked up the huge bag full of gifts with the help of a total of 15 elves. She dumped the bag in the back of the  sledge and began to take off.

Ms. Clause rode above the clouds to a place called Kolkata, where there were so many lights that she would have been blinded if she stared any longer. She started dropping gifts through chimneys and windows where the Christmas trees were. In two minutes, she was finished with the blinding place and went off. She kept at it all night, almost till day broke.

 

The last stop was a strange place called Mumbai, where it was so hot that she would have burned up in the suit, if not for the AC in the sledge.

After two hours of hard work, she was finally done and she began to return home. As she was approaching the North Pole, she got a call that it was not  safe to travel outside any longer, due to a large number of people getting up in the morning. She told them that she was coming home soon and that she was safe.

When she reached she went straight to Santa and told him Christmas was saved!

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‘A letter and gifts FOR Santa’ by 8 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Hurray!! December is here which means Christmas and New Year festivities. Here is hoping that the next year will be nothing like this one.

 

Today’s write up by 8 year old Pehar Kaur from Kolkata is endearing, in its intent of doing for someone, whom we usually take for granted.

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Dear Santa,

Merry Christmas!

Delivering letters, giving gifts,  working hard….

Why don’t you get a present for a change?

Why don’t I give you a present this year?

 

You can catch a break. 

Instead of giving a present, you get one!

Now that’s a bonus! I hope you enjoy the gifts I give you.

This is what I am getting you-

Hand embroidered face mask for Santa

Hair bow for Mrs. Santa

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Love,

Pehar

Kolkata, India

13/5b Chowringhee Terrace, Kolkata-20

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‘All about Christmas’ Essay by 13 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Hurray!! December is here which means Christmas and New Year festivities. Here is hoping that the next year will be nothing like this one.

 

Today’s write up by 13 year old Gofiaa from Chennai is a must read on Christmas to know everything about its origins, as well as significance today.

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Gofiaa is a person who loves to explore new things. She always likes to be unique in whatever she does. Her hobby is learning new languages.

 

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All about Christmas

Hurray!!! December has finally come, which means Christmas time!!!

 

This is a joyful time where we give, receive presents, have big feasts, decorate  our home with lights and bells, having a wonderful time with our family and friends and of course receiving presents from Santa Claus and singing classic carols like jingle bells.

 

It reminds us of the importance of sharing, caring, living in peace and harmony with our loved ones. Now, let’s go back and see how it all started. During 6th  century B.C in Bethlehem, a baby boy was born in a barn in humble conditions.

Guess who it was? Yes, it was Jesus Christ. So we celebrate Christmas on  account of Lord Jesus’s birth. The celebration of Christmas started from Rome but it didn’t become a major Christian festival. Many Christmas traditions  started spreading little by little until 9th century. After that it became a major Christian festival.

 

Now let’s talk about Santa Claus, every kid’s favourite person! It is believed  that there lived a monk named St. Nicholas. He gave away all his inherited wealth and started helping the sick and the poor and buying gifts for children  during Christmas. He became popular for his kindness. Many people got  inspired by him and started helping poor and buying gifts for children. That is where the Santa Claus tradition began.

 

At first, when Christmas celebrations were started, it was only amongst  Christians but now it is celebrated by everyone, no matter who they are or what religion they belong to. On Christmas Eve, preparations are made like  Christmas dinner, decorations, buying gifts etc. It is the best time of the year for both kids and adults.

 

Christmas’s true message is to give up one’s very self, think of only of others,  bringing the greatest happiness to others and to unite with every human being  around the world. As the pandemic is here, let’s share our wishes and presents from safer distance.

Let us celebrate this Christmas safely and happily.

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‘Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti!’ Poem by an 11 year old from Kolkata #FestivalswithSara

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Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti to one and all.

Festivals are a great way to not just celebrate but also learn more about each other.

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Here is 11 year old Prabhgeet Kaur from Kolkata, sharing a beautiful poem about the importance of this day!

 

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Guru Nanak Dev Ji, first Guru of Sikhs, was a true mentor,

Those who do not follow his teachings are repentors.
He taught us to be selfless,
By living and thinking only about yourself, life is pointless.
He taught us to always help the needy,
Work hard and never be greedy.
He taught us that there is only one God,
And we should respect all Lords.
He taught us that men and women are equal,
He was against superstitions and false rituals.
He taught us to never run away from struggles,
You won’t get enlightenment by escaping to the jungles.
He taught us equality by starting ‘Langar,’
Ritual of eating together, no matter rich, poor, older or younger.
Guru Nanak expects us to follow his teachings,
Have faith and abide by his preachings.

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‘How I Celebrated Diwali In The Pandemic’ by 8 year old Inaya Jain from New Delhi

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Deepavali came and lit up our lives, just when we needed it most.

Thanks to all my wonderful friends, for sharing their joy and excitement with me.

Here is 8 year old Inaya Jain from New Delhi telling us how she enjoyed the Diwali festival this year.

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How I Celebrated Diwali In The Pandemic

Diwali is the festival of lights and we celebrate it every year with our huge extended family. But this year due to Corona, we had to change our Diwali plans. We celebrated it with my grandparents who stay in Jaipur. We reached there on the evening of Chhoti Diwali. We lit some diyas and went for a drive through the town to watch the lighting and decorations.

The next day was Diwali. We had to take the necessary precautions due to corona but we did not let it ruin our Diwali spirit. We all got busy in the Diwali decorations and preparations. My Dad put up the Diwali lights and my Mom cleaned the house and started the preparations for the special Diwali menu. Since I love crafts, I made cards for everyone in the family. I also enjoyed making rangoli with my mon. During the day my mom also applied a beautiful mehendi design on my hand. It was soon evening and we dressed for the Diwali Pooja. We missed our entire family most during this time. We prayed that the pandemic ends soon and we are able to meet again. We made sure to connect with everyone through video calling.The night was bright with lights and diyas and we enjoyed yummy delicious food with homemade sweets.

Though Diwali this year was a low key affair with many restrictions but it was definitely a mood buster and we look forward to celebrating it with the entire family and in a safe environment next year.

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‘How I long for Diwali lasts all through the year’ Poem by 12 year old Sreeveda Arun from Dubai

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Deepavali came and lit up our lives, just when we needed it most.

 

12 year old Sreeveda Arun from Dubai wants this beautiful festival back, and here is why.

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Kids run and shout,

People talking aloud…

The most celebrated festival of the year,

Everyone! Diwali is here!

 

Dressed in fancy and colorful wear,

Full of lights everywhere…

Spreading love and affection all around,

The whole nation is full of sounds!

 

Sugary sweets, lassi and gifts,

It makes me smile all day,

Just thinking that no study and school,

And only laughing, enjoying and play!

 

But the best part of all,

Is the fireworks at night…

The day is full of fun and talk,

But at night, the world is full of lights…

 

How I long for this one festival all year,

It comes so slowly and at time disappears….

But yet every year I treasure many memories,

How I wish Diwali would never cease!

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‘Festivals in Covid lockdown’ by 10 year old Arnavi Tiwari from Pune

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Deepavali came and lit up our lives, just when we needed it most.

 

10 year old Arnavi Tiwari from Pune talks about what celebrating a festival in lockdown would be like.

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Hey readers. My name is Arnavi Tiwari. Today I would love to tell you the  feelings about a young girl known as Tara.

 

Tara feels that Diwali is a festival of lights.  Each year, she used to go to her  grandparents house. She used to make Rangolis and helped her grandmother in making sweets. Her grandfather would take her to buy crackers. Sometimes if Tara wanted a toy, her grandfather would buy it for her.

 

But this year, nothing was like those days due to Covid19. Almost all of Tara’s friends did not go to their grandparents home. Tara still enjoyed her Diwali with no disappointment. In fact, she did video call with her relative’s and did the  Maha Lakshmi pooja on the video call. She felt that she was sitting with her  grandparents doing the pooja.

 

At first she imagined that this Diwali would not be fun but she was totally wrong. She had a lot of fun. She thought of creating a greeting video to greet her full family. Sara and her father first wore a mask, used sanitizer and then wore gloves. After taking the precautions, they went to buy a few rangoli colors flowers. Then they brought a few flower garlands to put it on the door and then they got 7-8 deepaks etc for the pooja.

 

Tara and her mom shopped online shopping. She imagined that her dress will  be a surprise gift for her. Will it be in her favorite color light teal/aqua? Will it be  sparkly and will it be very beautiful? Tara was totally right!

 

In fact it was even better then she expected. Tara and her sister Pranavi wore the same dress on the day of Diwali.  Tara and her family had a lot of fun.

From Tara and her family happy Diwali to you all.

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‘Bhai Dooj’ Poem by 9 year old Srija Bhadra from Kolkata

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Deepavali came and lit up our lives, just when we needed it most.

Close on its heels, many Indians celebrate the special bond that siblings share, in the festival of Bhai Dooj.

Today, 9 year old Srija Bhadra from Kolkata shares a poem about why this festival is so special.

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Another fresh bhai dooj is here
Another year to live,
To banish, worry, doubt and fear
To love and laugh and give.

 

A brother faces a sister’s challenges with
Determination and strength.
A sister thanks the lord,
To give her such a brother.

 

A brother holds her sister’s hand as a kid,
Through thick and thin.
Picks up the sisters in the time of trouble,
And cheers when a sister wins.

 

Sometimes they fight, sometimes they bicker
A sister wants to know her brother.
No matter who is strong and bigger,
But every brother and sister discover-

Their love in the festival of Bhai Dooj

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‘Saying bye to Diwali, with these most special wishes’- by 9 year olds Abhijan Chakraborty and Ujan Chakraborty from Birmingham, UK

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Deepavali came and lit up our lives, just when we needed it most.

Thanks to all my wonderful friends, for sharing their joy and excitement with me.

I cant think of anything more special than these wonderful handwritten messages from 9 year old twin brothers Abhijan and Ujan Chakraborty from Birmingham, UK. Both Abhijan and Ujan were diagnosed with ASD, ADHD and Severe Learning Disability at the age of two.

Special call out to their mom for raising these two fine young boys. May their light shine brighter than most!

Many thanks to Little Writer’s Studio for sharing their messages with us, along with the beautiful Madhubani artwork of their artist Swapna.

 

 

 

 

 

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‘I woke up with joy, screaming it’s Diwali’Poem by 6 year old Shivansh Agarwal from Kolkata

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Deepavali, Children’s Day and a long weekend, how can we let festivities get over so quickly!

 

Here is 6 year old Shivansh Agarwal from Kolkata talking about how his Diwali day was.

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I woke up with joy, screaming it’s Diwali!
Received so many greetings, sweetmeats and chocolates.

Many relatives came to celebrate this joyful day.
Some friends came too, to eat and play.
Around the deity, we all gathered to pray.

Oh! I am feeling so ecstatic that it is Diwali.
Our building was decorated with flowers and bright lights.
We made rangoli with petals and coloured sand.

Rocket flew high up in the sky.
We burst so many crackers, that a baby began to cry.
The flowerpots, whirligigs and sparklers were so much fun.
Oh! I am feeling so grateful that it is Diwali.

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“Children’s Day is a day of freedom for kids,” says 11 year old Kush Manek from Kolkata

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Woohoo! Double holidays for Deepavali and Children’s Day means double the celebration!

 

11 year old Kush Manek from Kolkata tells us what is the perfect celebration for every child- watching teachers perform, visit to the zoo, skipping classes, night overs and permission to bunk!

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Children’s day is a day when all the children are happy because they can do  anything they want, as no one can stop them. Children’s day is like freedom for  us. On this day we get gifts from our parents, there is a special program for us in  the school etc. So today I will share how did I celebrate one such children’s day.

 

It was a Saturday and I had to wake up early in the morning as there was a  program in our school. When we entered the auditorium of our school it was  totally dark and all the lights were switched off. In a fraction of second, all the lights were on, speakers were blasting and our teachers were dancing on the  stage. Our school gave us chocolates.

 

After that my aunt took me along with my friends to a zoo. We had a lot of fun there. We ate all the junk food like chips, popcorn along with a coke. Our aunt  was telling us about different animals. Till evening we were in the zoo. We
also missed our cricket class!

 

Then we went for a night over at my friend’s house. We had a movie night  there. We watched Jumanji and it was so scary that it was difficult for us
to sleep at night!

 

The best thing about this day was  that it was weekend so we could enjoy and  stay with our friends.

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‘Diwali rituals never get old,’ Essay by 14 year old Diya Barmecha from Mumbai

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Yippeee, Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights, is here!

 

Lets hope it brightens up our lives and minds. Festive greetings to you!

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Here is 14 year old Diya Barmecha from Mumbai, sharing an account of how the celebrations in her family pan out. She loves reading and subjects like math and science because they are logical. She enjoys watching movies and learning more about the world. She is a student of Ascend International School, Mumbai.

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The flares of fire sparkled as bright as ever, as I turned the regulator to reduce  the speed of the fan.

 

I took each step carefully, trying to get across the house without touching any of the earthen lamps placed on the floor. After managing to get across, my  nose guided me to the kitchen where I always like to be. I asked my mother what she was making. After hearing her response, my mouth started to water. Each Diwali we had a party at our house and we cooked delicious food.

 

This  year was different of them all, we had invited a singer as well. As people  started to pour in, the melodies of the songs grew louder. My head swayed to the music as I ate my food around the small table with all my cousins. I looked around at the dining table filled with food, all the adults around eating, taking food and talking. Like all parties there was a table for the children to sit and  eat.

 

One of my cousins having turned nineteen, went to join the adults. As she  stood and ate, I thought how each year the number of children would  decrease. One day, that would be me, I thought, as I stared at my mother. She was greeting people and smiling with an occasional worry on her face, maybe thinking if the food was fine and the kitchen was running smoothly.

As the night progressed, many people sang along with the singer and talked  about the bygone years. Soon, everyone said their goodbyes. These goodbyes weren’t as sad as we would see them the next day for a puja at our office.  These rituals never get old in our house.

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‘This Diwali, let’s do what is RIGHT!’ Poem by 8 year old Harshika Khanna from Kolkata

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Yippeee, Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights, is here!

 

Lets hope it brightens up our lives and minds. Festive greetings to you!

 

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Here is a beautiful poem by 8 year old Harshika from Kolkata. She goes to Sushila Birla Girls School and is a student of Word Munchers.

 

 

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O this is a beautiful festival of lights,
What a spectacular sight!

 

The Rangoli at the door is so vibrant and bright
I love to gorge on the sweets till my tummy feels tight

 

Firecrackers look so radiant at night,
But bursting them during COVID-19 gives me a fright.

As I pray and light the diyas there is a sense of delight
I simply love Diwali- the festival of lights!

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‘The Thoughts of an Old Diya’ Story by 11 year old Pratichi Satpathy from Bhubhaneshwar

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Today 11 year old Pratichi Satpathy from Bhubhaneshwar shares the wonderful story of an old Diya , a perfect metaphor for our own insecurities. Pratichi goes to Sai International School, Bhubhaneshwar

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My heart started thumping when Pratichi and her mother started cleaning for Diwali. Will I be dumped in a trashcan this year? I am only a year old, but will that fact spare me? Oh no! I forgot to introduce myself! I am an old black diya. I am made from Earth and soil.

But let us move to more pressing matters now. Pratichi approached us and grabbed the sack in which I was huddling with my friends. She peeped inside and called out to her mother, “I’m disposing this lot of old and grimy diyas.” But her mother screamed at her to stop. She was like, “But why Mama? Don’t we have enough crap around the house already? These diyas are black and old. They’re ugly and Diwali is the festival of new things and light. Why don’t we throw them away?”

 

Her mother smiled and said, “If they’re ugly, we’ll make them beautiful. Go and get your paints. Let’s see what we can do.” Both of them sat down on the floor and started painting my friends and me. And guess what? I became beautiful again! Now I am hot pink in colour with dark blue spots.

 

Today, I shared this with you as many of us have the misconception that Pratichi had. Diwali is about new things and light, yes, but more about inner beauty and the purification of the soul and mind. This Diwali, let us reuse, reduce and recycle. The natural resources are getting depleted as we speak. Let us think out of the box and preserve for the future. Wishing you all a very safe and happy Diwali. This is me, an old diya, signing off.

 

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‘Waiting for Diwali night’ Poem by 7 year Rajveer Chowdhary from Kolkata

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Festive greetings to you!

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7 year old Rajveer Chowdhary is an extrovert boy. He loves to explore about space and very fond of  watching all what- if-videos and gaining knowledge about the world in and out. He loves Bruce Lee and wants to have a body like his. Rajeev is a student of La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata.

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I am waiting eagerly for Diwali night.
It is such a beautiful sight
There are wonderful sparkling fairy lights.

Rangolis decorate our floor
The sky is lit with fire galore.

Some crackers are on the ground
The crackers bursting without any sound.

Sparkling flower pots are a sight to behold.
But this year we have many an empty hand to fold.

Diwali is so much fun
Preparation for it is done.

Crackers light up the dark sky,
You could watch the rocket fly.

 

Family and friends meet.
We hope well for everyone we greet.

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‘Lord Rama and Tony Stark’ Diwali poem by Avengers fan, 9 year old Vivaan Sanghvi from Kolkata

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Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights is here!

Lets hope it brightens up our lives and minds. Festive greetings to you!

But first up, is this lovely poem by 9 year old Vivaan Sanghvi from Kolkata.  He has used the reference  of the triumph of the good over evil using a comparison of the old ( Rama ) and the new ( Avenger’s Tony Stark ) as heroes.

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Vivaan Sanghvi, goes to The Heritage School and is studying in class four. He loves to read, write and learn about classic and vintage cars. He is a student of Word Munchers.

 

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Diwali is the festival of lights,
It makes day and night really bright.

 

It shows the triumph of light over dark,
Celebrating heroes like Ram and Tony Stark.

 

The beautiful night is soon coming,
With colourful parades and music drumming.

 

The firecrackers burn till very late at night,
Filling the sky with colours so bright.

 

We decorate our homes with rangolis and lights,
Jalebis on the table make a pretty sight.

 

We sleep very, very late at night,
By the time we do it’s already morning bright.

 

It’s the festival of love and friends,
I hope this happiness never ends.

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‘Memories of a Green Diwali in Israel’ by 12 year old Arav Barmecha from Mumbai

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Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights is here. And we cant get enough of it!

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Today 12 year old Arav Barmecha from Mumbai shares a memory of how he travelled to Israel with his family during Diwali, along with an important message for all of us. Arav is a student of Ascend International School, Mumbai.

 

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I still remember the days, when we were allowed to travel without having to  take the trouble of wearing the ‘ breath-taking’ mask or the fully scratched face shield, that you cant read or see through.

 

The  world was not aware that the virus COVID 19 exists. The world was free to explore, enjoy, and spend time with family, outside of where one lives. This  lockdown has brought many things. People taking up new hobbies, new  opportunities, new methods of learning in school and the monotonous day,  over and over again.

 

Three years ago we were going to Israel during Diwali vacations. We do not light fire crackers because we prefer not to harm the earth and its living beings, for our own fun and joy.

 

When we landed and went to our house in Israel we saw so many fire works. I was scared but then people said that they were not going to fire them. We convinced people to not burst those fire crackers.

Instead we can use earthen lamps to lighten up our Diwali.

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‘O! I am so excited for it is Diwali’ Poem by 6 year old Atharva Agarwal from Kolkata

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Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights is here.

 

And we cant get enough of it!

Here is a young poet and Diwali enthusiast, 6 year old Atharva Agarwal from Kolkata telling us why the Diwali rocks for him!

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I woke up at 6 in the morning on the day of the ‘Festival of Lights,’

Received so many gifts and chocolates with love and delight.

 

Many relatives dressed in traditional clothes and came to my house to greet,

Some friends also ecstatic joined us in the meet.

 

Around the deity we lit the earthen lamps.

O! I am so excited, for it is Diwali.

 

Our building was decorated with colourful twinkling lights,

We made rangoli with beautiful sights.

 

Rockets flew high in the sky,

We burst sparkling crackers where the sparks fly.

The flowerpots looked great and bright.

O! I am so excited for it is Diwali.

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‘Diwali is too incredible to be true,’ Poem by 9 year old Sanvi Atul Sharma from Kolkata

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Today 9 year old Sanvi Atul Sharma from Kolkata shares this wonderful poem about what all the festival of Diwali entails.

 

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Diwali is the festival of light,
When Lord Ram defeated Ravan with might.

 

We burst fire crackers at the strike of midnight,
And everything looks a beautiful sight.

 

 

Burning diyas at night to celebrate,
Having festivities which are great.

 

All families worship their favorite gods,
And I turn up the music in my Ipod.

 

Rangolis, beautifully decorated,
Sweetmeats which are completely homemade.

 

Fairy lights hanging above and shimmering,
And ethnic outfits are glittering.

 

I love this religious festival,
It’s too incredible to be true!

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‘Bright and Booming!’ Poems by 8 year old Nirav Prakash from Kolkata

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Here is 8 year old Nirav Prakash from Kolkata sharing his excitement for this amazing festival, in both words and pictures. Nirav is a student of La Martiniere for Boys School, Kolkata.

 

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Oh this is a beautiful festival of lights,
On this day, all friends and relatives unite.
We eat chocolates and sweetmeats with delight,
Decorate each corner with lamps and candle lights.
And enjoy firework all through the night,
I love Diwali, the festival of light.

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I am a firecracker, I go “Boom,”
After making a mess, mother needs to broom,
My uncle loves me the most, who will soon be a groom.
I burst high up in the sky with the sound kaboom,
And my pet hides like a cartoon in my room,
I am a firecracker, I love to “Boom!”

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‘Oh, the excitement around Diwali vacations!’ by 6 year old Shreyansh Desai from Vadodara

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Today, 6 year old Shreyansh Desai from Vadodara shares this sweet write up about what Diwali celebrations in his family are like. He is a student of Cygnus World School, Vadodara.

 

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Diwali  is my favorite festival.

Somethings around us change around Diwali season like cold weather, clouds  and not to forget the excitement around Diwali vacations.

 

Houses are decorated with colourful lights, candles and diya. We start  shopping for new clothes and fire works. We go to Dahod, Gujarat to meet and celebrate Diwali with my grandparents.. My cousins and I enjoy together during Diwali break.

 

Delicious food, fire works and family fun are all about Diwali. How can I forget to mention Diwali homework?

 

This time is a bit different. We will not meet all relatives and go to the temple, due to corona but this time we spread love.

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‘Diwali is about fireworks, delicious food and blessings’ by 9 year old P.V.Keerthi Sanjana from Chennai

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Today, 9 year old P.V.Keerthi Sanjana from Chennai shares a write up about why and how the festival is celebrated in south India. She is a student of NSN Memorial School, Chennai.

 

 

 

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Hi friends, I am excited to share my thoughts about Diwali!

Diwali is a Hindu festival. It is celebrated as a mark of celebrating the death of  evil Mahishasura.  This day begins with oil bath and offering prayers to god. On  the day of Diwali, it is compulsory that we visit the temple nearby.

Bursting crackers and enjoying delicious food makes me happy. I eat a lot of  sweets on this day. My favorite sweets are Gulab Jamun and Rasagulla.

 

I meet  my grandparents and get their blessings. My friends, neighbors and  relatives also convey their wishes. I enjoy the day with lots of fun with my  family.

 

On this special day, I gift crackers box for the children in the orphanage. This  year due to Corona pandemic, I try to keep myself safe and healthy with  blessings from my elders.

 

Oh ! I cannot wait for Diwali Poem by 9 year old Ibrahim Abdulkader from Kolkata

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I am so excited to open up the write- ups on Diwali, by sharing this uplifting poem by 9 year old Ibrahim Abdulkader from Kolkata.

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Ibrahim Abdulkader likes to play table tennis and loves playing with his NERF guns and doing nerfwar with friends.

 

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Diwali is the festival of lights
No dark nights , everywhere it is bright
Sparkles, crackers and fireworks at height
Brightens our hearts and souls with delight.

Colourful new clothes we all wear
Girls with pony tails and decorated hair
Diyas I light, to decorate the windows and doors
Mom makes a beautiful rangoli to adorn the floor.

No darkness and evil fills the night
Happiness shines with all its might
Think of those who know not what it is to enjoy
Together we can fill their hearts with lots of joy.

Oh ! I cannot wait for Diwali
Wishing everyone a Happy Diwali .

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“Dussehra is a time to strive to be a better human being,” by 11 yrs old Gunmay Khanna

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Dusshera may be over but we are not with us yet!

There is never a bad time to feel festive, right?

Here is a wonderful write up by  11 yrs old Gunmay Khanna on why Dusshera matters to him.  Gunmay is a student of Chamatkaar.

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Dussehra is celebrated because it is believed that on this day lord Rama  defeated Ravana. It is celebrated on the tenth day of Navratri. On Dussehra we  burn huge effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnath and his  brother Kumkaran, by a fire arrow.

 

People buy new clothes to wear on this occasion. People go to fairs which are  set up in open fields on Dussehra. In the fairs there are stalls of tasty dishes  for people to buy and eat. There are also stalls for souvenirs.

 

Dussehra  teaches us to be good like Rama and not to be overpowered by our achievements like Ravana, which led to his death.

On Dussehra most people burn green crackers which produce less pollution than regular crackers. At that time children have holidays, so they enjoy their time with their relatives. On Dussehra, people get together with their families.  Some people donate things to the poor people to help them also enjoy this  festival time.

For me, Dussehra is a time to improve on my bad habits and strive to be a  setter human being. We do not kill but conquer, the Ravana inside us!

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Halloween Limericks Combo by 8 year old Harshika Agarwal from Kolkata

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Here we have some limericks from 8 year old Harshika Agarwal from Kolkata. Do you know what a limerick is? It is a humorous  poem with five lines, the first two lines have the same final sound as the last line. One might think it is easy, but most find it to be a hard nut to crack!

Nature with Sara birds and butterflies Harshika Kolkata Bookosmia

Harshika goes to La Martienere for Girls, Kolkata and learns creative writing at Word Munchers. She is very creative and has a different outlook towards life. Learning to draw and putting her imagination on paper, swimming and book reading are her passions.

 

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He went to a haunted house,

And steeped onto a big fat mouse.

He bumped into a scary witch,

Who had  a ferocious  bitch.

He was still waiting for his spouse.

 

 

 

I went into a pumpkin town,

Which had many clown.

I fell into a pit of bats,

I met two scary cats.

I saw mice and never came down.

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How my own Halloween party spooked me! by 12 year old Suhani Khemka from Kolkata

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This will be a different Halloween, being locked in and with social distancing. But here is 12 year old Suhani Khemka taking us back to an exciting time, when she organized a Halloween party with friends.

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Suhani Khemka has great enthusiasm for writing,  reading, baking, travelling, and listening to music.  She is a student of Our Lady Queen of the Missions School Salt Lake, Kolkata and is a student of Word Munchers

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We stood behind the wall waiting for her to come and hoping that our plan  would work out flawlessly. My friend, Scarlett got so frightened on hearing the  name of ghosts that her heart missed a beat. Full advantage of which, my  friends and I knew how to take.

 

We had made an ingenious plan which according to us would succeed. We had completely used up our brains in preparing everything needed for our master plan to be smoothly executed. We stitched and stitched the white cloth until it  was brought to the desired shape, perfect for us to look like ghosts.

The next thing we did, was call Scarlett, coaxing her to come over to my house  for a Halloween party which was difficult due to her disrelish for the festival.  With everything set, we were full of beans and waited to get a nice chortle the next day.

 

On Halloween’s day, my friend and I stood behind the wall in our own stitched ghost dress with the lights switched off and candle lit, waiting for Scarlett’s footsteps to approach. The room was dark, and we were bouncing off the  walls. As we heard them, we played the spooky music and slowly went shaking side to side, back to front, trying to whoosh the way we had practiced.

 

Not hearing any yell, we bought the candle up to see who it was. On the sight of a black ghost, my friend and I squealed as a chill ran down our spine, until someone turned on the lights. From beneath the black cloth Scarlett and my
mother revealed themselves which left us dumbfounded.

 

A rib-tickling scene it was for my mother, who had heard our plan and played  the prank back on us. Scarlett was on cloud nine laughing, whereas we with  our heads down, went out of the room exasperated. The events of the day  made us pledge not play such a prank again when adults are around.

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“What a spooky, spooky night” Halloween Poem by 9 year old Arunava Sengupta from Delhi

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This time, it will be a different Halloween, being locked in and with social distancing. But we have friends who can spook us out, with their stories and poems! 9 year old Arunava Sengupta from Delhi, is doing just that. All set?

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Arunava Sengupta enjoys reading books, painting, singing, playing cricket,  badminton, cycling and watching TV. He goes to Manava Bharati India International School, Delhi and is a student of Jabberwocky Speech and Drama

 

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On a dark and spooky night,
This day, everyone gets a FRIGHT!!
Your lights are blinking, is it a shock?
Oh, what a spooky, spooky night.

A little rumble, a little creak
Your muscles are missing! You are weak!
A light is shining , it is so very bright
Oh, what a spooky, spooky night!

Your door is banging! Somebody’s knocking!
Your lock is stuck, preventing you from opening!
A log was brought! The door was down!
Why it was me, dressed as a hound!

“Mom!” I said. “I loved the outing!”
“Now I’ll go to bed.
Tomorrow is Halloween! I need some rest.”

 

So he slept. His mask was beside him.
He’ll be bright the next day. Not dim.

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“Dusshera is a festival in which ending triggers new beginnings,” by 8 year old Vihaan Tomar from Dubai

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Dusshera may be over but we are not with us yet!

There is never a bad time to feel festive, right?

Here is  8 year old Vihaan from Dubai, sharing his beautiful take on what is special about Dusshera.

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What I understand that Dussehra for sure is a festival in which ‘ending triggers new beginnings.’  End of the ten faced Ravana, end of evil and the devil. It symbolizes victory of good over evil, victory of light over darkness.

 

From ages, Dussehra is being celebrated to mark Rama’s victory over Ravana on the tenth day (end of fasting) of Navratra. Dusshera is celebrated in many  states of India by different names like Durga Puja, Navratri, VijayDashmi,  Garbha, Viswakarma. Also, Dussehra announces beginning/arrival of Diwali – with a gap of 20 days.

 

Dusshera to me, means celebrating happiness and joy with family and friends.  I am full of beans from the starting of Navratri, to attend Grabha night,  celebrated in my community.  My mother makes lots of crunchy/yummy delicious food that’s is the icing on the cake and gets me very excited.

 

I wear new clothes and go to watch Ramlila. At the Ram Lila ground, a man would act like Ram, firing at the Ravana cut out. With this cracker starts bursting, with lots of cheering and clapping by all children. After that I ride on the swings and eats gol gappa and ice cream with my sister and enjoy almost through the night.

 

Unluckily, this year, pandemic impacted even Dusshera. Due to this, I worshiped and celebrated Dusshera at home only, and missed Ramlila, Garbha and my friends.  I am praying on this “Victory Symbol Day Dussehra” that Corona also gets defeated soon so that I can play with my friends and can celebrate Dussehra with full enthusiasm next year.

 

Happy Dusshera – Happy Times!

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“This Dussehra my resolution is to remove all bad habits in me,” says 8 year old Ishita Achary from Chennai

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Here is 8 year old Ishita Achary from Chennai telling us why she loves the festival and also that she makes a resolve on Dusshera, like we do on New Year’s. Ishita is a student of NSN Memorial Sr. Secondary School, Chennai.

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Dussehra is my favourite festival. 
My family and I celebrate Dussehra every year.
We buy a lot of sweets.
We buy new clothes.
 
This year while celebrating Dussehra I have decided to do something new.
 
I am going to think about what will happen if goddess Durga comes to earth during this pandemic. Ok !! I closed my eyes , now I am thinking…
 
Yes!! I got the answer ! If Goddess Durga comes to earth during this pandemic , she will kill this virus and give blessings to all of us, just like she killed the bull demon Mahishasura in her last incarnation.Then  she will help the people who are hospitalized and suffering from corona virus.
She will serve food to all poor people so that they will be happy and  celebrate the festival. She will also distribute sweets and new clothes  to kids like me.
 
I will also request her to kill all the demons on this earth so that people can live peacefully.
 
Every year during the festival of Dussehra, I make resolution just like  we make a resolution in every new year.
In this Dussehra my resolution is to remove all bad habits in me.
 
This is my Dussehra Resolution !!
 
I hope that Goddess Durga will give me blessings and keep me safe. 

“We should not kill, but conquer the Ravana inside us,” says 10 year old Aaditri Paul from Kolkata

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Some of us celebrate Dusshera by burning the effigy of Ravan. 10 year old Aaditri Paul from Kolkata urges us to look within for our own Ravan, while burning the effigy outside.

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10 year old Aaditri Paul from Kolkata is full of creativity. She is fond of writing and always tries to share her feelings through it. She loves dancing, sketching and doodle art.  She goes to DPS Megacity, Kolkata and is a student of Chamatkar.

 

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Dusshera is one of the most important Hindu festivals.

Also known as Vijayadashmi among, the festival teaches us to be good like  Rama and not to be arrogant of our intelligence. Dusshera also spreads a  festive mood in the air. People also burn crackers and eat delicious food and  sweets. They wear new clothes and children get holiday from their school. We  spend a good time with our family, eating and enjoying. Some people decorate  their houses and make beautiful rangolis. Dusshera and Diwali are both celebrated with great enthusiasm, happiness and love.

 

Dusshera is a festival of  victory of good over evil. Ravana symbolizes ego and Rama symbolizes happiness and goodness. We should also help those who dont have enough, as they also have the right to celebrate the festival with happiness and  excitement. This way we can bring a smile on their faces too.

 

I  believe that we should not kill, but conquer the Ravana inside us. Dusshera   also means to me that woman is no less than man. Dusshera teaches us to be good and honest in our deeds.

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‘My wish for Durga Puja, next year’ by 10 year old Prabhgeet from Kolkata

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10 year old Prabhgeet from Kolkata dreams of a Puja next year, where all normalcy will be restored. May we celebrate it with gratitude, without fear, hand in hand with friends and family.

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Prabhgeet is an enthusiastic reader and is a keen writer to pen down her thoughts in the form of poetry and stories. She aims to be a successful writer in her life.

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Fear in the air and mask on each ones face,
This year, how will the festivities take place?

Covid19 gave us a new way to celebrate Durga Puja this year,
Everyone is indoors because of the virus fear.
Then and now has a huge comparison in between,
Such a Durga Puja has never been seen.
Then, the night would change into day,
Now, there is no merriment. Everyone is at bay.
Then, there used to be enormous pandals made,
Now, the law restrains and orders cannot be disobeyed.
Then, there would be wonderful lighting and glare,
Now, the lighting if any, is rare.
Then, all areas remained choc-a-blocked,
Now, each one is sitting at home, locked.
Then, it was a good time for food vendors,
Now, eating out is danger.
One day we will certainly say bye to our invisible enemy,
And will celebrate Durga puja next year with great fervour, surely!
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‘One festival, many traditions’ by 9 year old Ishaan Satheesh from Chennai

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As we wrap up this 9 day period of much awaited festival, here is a perfect read by 9 year old Ishaan Satheesh from Chennai, summarizing how people from different parts celebrate.

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Ishaan is a mischievous boy who loves to explore. He is passionate about cars and always dreaming about them. His love for stories has always been there and it has  made him start writing them recently. Ishaan is a student of Sunshine Chennai Senior Secondary School, Chennai
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Mahisha was a deceitful demon and he was powerful. He was the son of  Rambha and great grandson of Kashyap.

All the gods were troubled by Mahisha, they went to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva for help since they are the powerful gods. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva combined together and created a destructive female power, known as Durga or  -Mahishasuramardini. Durga and Mahisha fought for nine nights (called as Navarathri literally meaning nine nights). On the tenth day of war between Mahisha and Durga, Durga wins.

In North India, they celebrate it as Ram-leela wherein big puppets of ten- headed Ravana will be killed by Rama with bow and arrow lit with fire. In East  India, it is observed as Bijoyo Dashomi. They immerse Durga’s idol in the  nearby river or ocean. In West India, both the goddess Durga and Lord Rama are admired for their victory over evil. Fasting and prayers at temples are  common. They wear a dress called Garba and dance with colored sticks,  known as Dandiya. In south India, people keep colorful figurines known as  golu. The festival was celebrated at Vijayanagara historically for Goddess  Durga (The warrior Goddess).

We are celebrating Dussehra from 17th Oct to 26 th Oct’2020 this year.
Golu will be kept in a ladder like structure with broader steps. The steps can be 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 or 11 depending on the number of idols.

 

We have kept Golu in a 5 step-ladder at my place, in Chennai. I have kept the  idols of Durga, Ashtalakshmi, Saraswathi, Dhasavadaram, Rama, Krishna and many more. Panagam(sweet jaggery water) and Pulses (Sundal) will be offered to god. We invite friends and relatives to our home. Guests will be served  Panagam(sweet jaggery water) and Pulses (Sundal).  Devotional songs or  slokas will be recited everyday in front of the golu.

 

While the guest leaves, they will be given thamboolam. Thamboolam contains  betel leaves, betel nuts, turmeric powder, kumkum, mirror, comb, glass  bangles, mehendi, flowers for ladies and gifts for kids. It is considered  auspicious to give thamboolam to more number of people.

On the night of the tenth day aurati is taken to indicate the victory of gods and  goddesses and the idols are put down to indicate rest. On the following day  the idols are packed and kept inside. Thus, ends the Dussehra festival for the  year.

 

Wishing you all a happy and auspicious Dussehra! On this special and  auspicious day of Dussehra, as we all celebrate valour and courage, the triumph of good over evil. I wish you success and happiness in everything you  do.

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“Poojo for me is about meeting different people,” by 9 year old Srijon Chakrabarti from UK

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Today I am sharing the writing of 9 year old Srijon Chakrabarti from UK who has kept his Bengali roots alive. Grateful to the Little Writers Studio, UK for not only sharing the write up in English and Bengali, but also the beautiful Bengali Potochitro art by the talented artist Parul, who lives in Pingla with her family.

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Srijon is a Year 5 student at St. Mary’s Church of England  Primary School in Birmimgham. He is an ardent follower of cricket and football amongst other sports. His favourite hobbies are music and reading. He enjoys singing in English, Bengali and Hindi languages and reading historical, fiction and fantasy genres of books. He’s also interested in cooking/ baking and gaming.

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Poojo for me is loads of fun, good food and offering prayer. So far I have been  to Cambridge and Birmingham Durga Poojo.

 

I have loads of fun in Poojo as I  get a chance to meet different  people and play with my friends .

 

But what I love most is the Mutton Curry cooked on Nabami!

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‘Nine days of Navrati,’ by 14 year old Sandya B Rajan from Chennai

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Here is a wonderful write up by 14 year old Sandya B Rajan from Chennai, talking of the wonderful tradition of keeping dolls or ‘golus'(Kannada: Gombe Habba , Tamil: Bomma Kolu, Telugu: Bommala Koluvu) a festive display of dolls and figurines in South India during the autumn festive season, particularly around the multiday Navaratri (Dussehra, Dasara) festival.

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Sandya B Rajan is studying 9 th standard in NSN Memorial School, Chennai. She is very creative and loves doodling and painting.  Sandya is interested in  reading history books.

 

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Navaratri is my favourite part of the year!

Nava” means nine and “ratri” means night. The festival is celebrated for nine  nights. We worship the Durga goddess on these days.

The dolls adorning our living room, spreads positive energy and happiness.  The Golu that we keep, reminds us of the stories of gods and goddesses.  Mainly the little children in the house learn their family tradition and customs.

The Navratri Golu depicts scenes from ancient times – celebrated Indian stories that have been passed on from generation to generation like the Ramayana, Puranas, and the Dashavataram. This is the time of the year when you revisit those precious lessons from  timeless, age-old stories.

The steps may also be interpreted as the evolution ladder that we are all  traversing in the journey of life.

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These days we invite our friends and relatives and  share our memories. Also visit their homes to see their golu. All this makes us happy.

And the most important aspect of keeping golu is teamwork (family work). All  the members of the family come together to arrange and decorate the golu  and make it a master piece!

May peace and prosperity come to your home this Navaratri.

HAPPY NAVARATRI!

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‘Why I love Dusshera’ by 7 year old Darshali Agarwal from Bhilwara, Rajasthan

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Today, 7 year old Darshali Agarwal from Bhilwara, Rajasthan remembers the excitement that entails Dusshera for many parts of the country- watching Ram Lila, burning of giant effigy, enjoying the fare in massive grounds, and a very important lesson for us.
Happy Dusshera from Bhilwara Festival with Sara Bookosmia Darshali Agarwal is a 7 year old girl with an ever smiling face. She loves to read and listen to bed time stories. She’s very creative in her imagination . She studies in Grade 2 in Witty International School, Bhilwara (Rajasthan).
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I love Dusshera because it is a very exciting festival.
On this day, I get to see a very big statue of Ravana in a big ground. He looks so beautiful decorated with colourful papers and glitters. Most amazing thing is his ten heads. Wow, a man with ten heads!
On this day, I enjoy the fun fair with my family. And I really jump with joy when Ravana burns and the crackers pop out of it.
Sorry Ravana. We burn you. But my mom told me that one has to pay for their wrong deeds. It is not just you, but a message to burn all the bad thoughts inside us.
Thank you dear King of Lanka ,because of you, we enjoy a fun filled day called Dusshera. Also it makes us all think, even if for a day, about how we can let go of the bad in us.
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“Fasting during Navratri- Can kids do it?” answers 10 year old Yashwi from Mohali

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Here is a fun read by 10 year old Yashwi from Mohali on the trials and tribulations of keeping fast as a kid,  during Navratri 🙂

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 Yashwi lives in Greater Mohali. Her passion is writing and she also enjoys art and craft. She studies in The Knowledge Bus Global School, Mohali.

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This festival season reminds me of Navratri 2019. That is when I kept fasts for the very first time!
My fasting had to start in 3 days and that is all I could think about. I told my mum and guess what? She agreed! I hurried to my dad, told him to get me food that can be eaten while fasting.
He asked me, “Why?  Are you fasting?”
” Yeah,” I replied.
He went to the shop and brought yum-yum food! I was eagerly waiting for  Navratri!
It was the evening before Navratri. I had my dinner way before my regular time and slept at 7:00 pm!
Finally, the day came!  It was my first fast!  I was hungry and woke up even  before 6! I went to my parents’ room and woke mum up. In a sleepy way, I told  her that I was hungry. My mom gave me chips (fast-friendly). I almost forgot that it was my fast!  She smiled at me and went back to her room. I went to mine too. I jumped on my bed but couldn’t fall asleep… I just woke up and read a book. It was 7:00 and my mom and dad woke up .
They asked me, “Woke up so early?”
“Nah, just 45 mins ago,” I replied.
Mom asked me if I were hungry. I replied no.
Rest of my fast went eating more fast- friendly food and so as day 2.
Day 3
I woke up and asked mom to give more chips to me! She gave me and continued her chores. I woke up really late : at 8:45! I then read my book. It was 10 am and my friend called me to play at her house. My mom permitted me  and I went there. Her mom made sandwiches and gave two to me also. I forgot about my fast. I ate them without realizing!
After coming home, I forgot that I had eaten sandwiches. My mom gave me fast- friendly breakfast on the dining table. I started crying. Mom came there and asked me why I was crying.
“Mom, I broke my fast!” I answered crying.
Mom asked me, “How? You have eaten fast -friendly food only since 3days..”
I told her what had happened.
Mom said, “Dont worry and stop crying. You have broken your fast already, now we can do nothing. Can we?  Stop crying and wash your face. I will give you fast friendly food if you’d like to continue till Ashtmi.”
I said that I would. I continued my fasts.
It was Ashtmi, I was called for Kanjak. The next day, It was Navmi , we called for kanjak that day… I broke my fast!
 I enjoyed a lot. But I learnt a lesson that fasts aren’t for kids!!!
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“What I like about Durga Poojo? Shhh, dont tell Mum,” by 9 year old Rijoy Goswami (Orko) from UK

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Today I am sharing the writing of 9 year old Rijoy Goswami (Orko) from UK who has kept his Bengali roots alive. Grateful to the Little Writers Studio, UK for not only sharing the write up in English and Bengali, but also the beautiful Bengali Potochitro art by the talented artist Parul, who lives in Pingla with her family.

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When he is not swinging from a tree or kicking a ball, Rijoy enjoys reading,  designing the most intricate Lego feats of engineering, imagining about fearful battles and exotic legends of the past, playing videogames on his ever changing plethora of electronic gizmos and of late has taken a shy to writing  poetry. He also goes to school at Babraham CEVC, near Cambridge where he  studies in year 5.

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What I like about Durga Poojo is offering prayers, the cultural events but what I like the most is the delicious food, that I can eat everyday during poojo!
Shhhhh! please don’t tell mum! She will be really angry 🙂

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“Poojo for me is an end to the year long wait” says 14 year old Oishani Goswami (Olie) from UK

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Today I am sharing the writing of 14 year old Oishani Goswami (Olie) from UK who has kept her Bengali roots alive. Grateful to the Little Writers Studio, UK for not only sharing the write up but also the beautiful Bengali Potochitro art by the talented artist Parul, who lives in Pingla with her family.

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Oishani has just turned 14 and is in the throes of navigating teenage years with a myriad circles to square. She likes to read, write occasionally and has a passion  for dance and music. Alongside figuring out the vagaries and paradoxes of life, she is determined to bridge both  the worlds she belongs to a bona-fide Biliti-Bangali/ Brit-Bong in spirit. She studies in year 9 at Sawston Village College, near Cambridge, UK.

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Poojo for me is an end to the year long wait for unlimited fun and merriment, music, dance ,offering prayer and new dress !

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Maa Durga destroys greed and hate-Poem by 11 year old Hitansh Kedia from Kolkata

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Today 11 year old Hitansh Kedia from Kolkata shares this adorable poem about Durga taking on greed, hate and of course COVID.

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Hitansh loves to read stories as much as he likes to write them. He find space very intriguing and is  perplexed by the vastness of the universe. He loves to  eat chocolate. Some of his other hobbies are playing  basketball and listening to music. Hitansh is a student of The Heritage School, Kolkata.

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If Maa Durga came alive,
It would be great.
She harbours love and peace,
And destroys greed and hate.

 

A buffalo-demon she once finished,
And COVID’s next in line.
Oh, how great it would be,
If she walked out of her shrine.

 

All the evil in this world,
Would desperately run away.
And Maa Durga would run after them,
Wanting to slay.

 

I wish this would come true,
What a joy that would be.
Nobody would be sad anymore,
All smiling in glee!

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‘”Where can I park my vaahan (Tiger)?” asked Maa Durga’ Story by 5 year old Jeevasini Patnana from Bhubaneswar

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5 year old Jeevasini Patnana studies in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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One day I was playing with two of my good friends, Rani and Shumi in the small park near our colony.

Just then we saw a very beautiful lady walking towards us. She was wearing a  red saree and had a big red dot on her forehead.

 

She came near and asked us, “Dear kids, I need a small help. Would you help
me?”

 

We looked at each other and nodded our heads.

 

She said, “I have come here for some important work. But I am finding it  difficult to find a parking space for my vehicle.”

“Oh! That’s no problem at all. We have many empty spaces in our parking lot,” I said. My other two friends didn’t seem very happy to share this information  with a stranger.

“But you see my problem is a little different. Let me show you and you would understand.”

The moment she said this, a huge and ferocious tiger came and stood near her. We started shaking with fear.

 

She smiled and said, “Do not be afraid. He won’t harm you.” We now  understood that the lady is none other than Goddess Durga, who rode a tiger.

“Now you understand why I cannot park my ‘vahana’ in your parking lot?  People will be scared to find him there, right?” Maa Durga asked.

 

Just as we were discussing, the lion ran away from the place at a great  speed.

 

We could not understand anything. “This silly creature has the habit of running away. Would you like to help me find him?” she asked.

“Let’s go,” we jumped with joy.

The three of us friends,  sat on one of her hands each and she started flying high in  the sky. We went to the city’s busy bazaar full of shops, people and vehicles. We offered to ask people about the tiger on our own. We approached a vendor and asked, “Have you seen a tiger?”

 

He said angrily, “What nonsense!! Go away, naughty kids.”

Next we asked a toy shop owner, “Do you have a tiger?”

“A toy one?” he asked.

“No, a real one,” I said. “Then go and search in Chandaka forest kids.” he shouted.

We came back to Durga Maa, feeling sad. She said, “Don’t lose heart. Let’s go to that forest. In no time, we were in the middle of a deep forest. And there,  sleeping peacefully under a tree was the tiger.

 

“You naughty tiger! It is time I teach you a lesson. Next time I will turn you into a deer,” warned the Goddess.

The tiger looked sorry. The loving mother forgave him and said, “Now give these kids a ride back home.”

We were thrilled to ride with Durga Maa on a mighty tiger. After she got us home, we requested her to stay.

She said, “Now I have to go. But I promise I will be back soon,” and disappeared. We stood there for a long time and returned home happily.

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‘When Durga comes alive..’ Poem by 9 year old Sruthika Murali from Kerala

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Such a special entry today- While Durga Pooja is celebrated with great gusto mostly in West Bengal,  9 year old Sruthika Murali from Kerala shares this creative poem on what would happen if Durga were to come alive.

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Sruthika is an ardent reader and quite imaginative. She jots down few lines once in a while in her diary. She likes to observe things around us.
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When Durga comes alive,
She will kill the evil ones and give us peace.
When Durga comes alive,
The trees will shiver and the floor will shake.

When Durga comes alive,
She will be strong and very big,

But really she is calm and quiet.
When Durga comes alive,
We should join our hands and pray.

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If Durga Came Alive- Story

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11 year old Krishank Jain from Kolkata weaves this fantastic tale of what would happen if Maa Durga came alive now.

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Krishank Jain is a student of South City International School, Kolkata. He loves to read, reread and then repeat. He is fascinated by the Mahabharata and fond  of collecting more and more facts about the epic.  He likes to play cricket and chess.

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One day as Maa Durga woke up, she found that she was born on Earth again.

She said, “I am on Earth, again?”

 

She thought maybe Lord Vishnu had sent her to demolish evil on earth again. She thought it would be a matter of a day or so but she was totally wrong. She  saw with her divine powers that there was evil and only evil on earth.

 

She did not want to harm anyone on earth. Then an idea struck her mind, she  thought that she would tell the people that she, Maa Durga  was here and the people would of course obey her. People would think many times before doing something evil.

 

But her plan backfired and when she was out telling people that she was Maa Durga, people shooed her off saying, ”Really you are Maa Durga? There was  another one here ten minutes ago.”

 

She tried this with each and every person on earth! But only one person  understood that she was the real Maa Durga-The chief priest of the Durga Temple in Kolkata.

 

He was a very celebrated man in Kolkata and had vowed to never lie so  everybody trusted him but we also know that everybody lies on the earth these days. So all the people still thought that the girl had made an alliance  with the priest to continue the prank.

 

But then she thought of a foolproof plan.

 

She showed the world her divine form and lo! All the people began to believe  in her and in a blink of your eye the earth turned evil free!!!!!

Sometimes we really need a reminder that shakes away our evil thoughts.

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‘Warrior Durga AKA The Female Alpha’ by 12 year old Vania Jain from Kolkata

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Here is 12 year old Vania from Kolkata keeping our spirits high in the Durga Pooja festival, with her fantastic tale! 

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Adorned with gold accessories, I leaped down to earth on my beloved pet tiger, ten weapons in my ten hands- each weapon symbolizing a different trait- the sword for wisdom, trident for peace and so on.

But…. silence greeted me- no one was out! There was no hustle bustle of the  early Puja crowd and not even the cawing of a crow.

Something had to be done, I decided. I called together a meeting.

“We need to do something about this virus,” said Lord Brahma.

“I will make the oceans churn and froth till then,” Lord Indra claimed.

“And I will make it rain,” said Lord Indra.

“No, no! That will ruin the humans’ life even more!” objected Parvati.

“What shall we do? Without making people miserable?” Lord Shiva added as an afterthought.

I fiddled with my arrow. It had been more than half a year since this  coronavirus had entered the humans’ life, inflicting damage and misery all around.

And worse? Durga Puja, my festival was just around the corner!  Durga Puja is supposed to be a time of strength, joy and unity. Not a time of sadness and torture!

And even worse? Brahma, Vishnu, Shakti, Shani, Indra- all had tried. But they failed.

“We’ve got to put an end to this,” I agreed.

“How Durga? You can’t kill a virus with your trishul!” Vishnu, my brother said.

It was true- but if Mahishasura could be killed, then why couldn’t this virus?

“What if we do it together? It might be possible then..,” I suggested.

“Yes… I agree. We should give it a try..” Saraswati said.

Slowly the Gods rose up from their thrones. I knew then that coronavirus would have to look out now.

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Mahalaya by the Ganges – Essay by 10 year old Shantanu Kothari from Kolkata

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Happy Mahalaya, everyone!  I cant get enough of the excitement around this festival, especially from my lovely friends from West Bengal.

10 year old Shantanu Kothari from Kolkata sharing with us his experience of walking by the Ganga as people immersed themselves into the festivities.  Shantanu is a student of South City International School, Kolkata.

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A walk by the Ganges in Kolkata is our favourite thing to do on weekend.

 

Last year, around this time, while approaching the walkway very early in the morning, I was surprised to see thousands of people taking a dip in the Holy Ganga and chanting some mantra.

While I was feeling lost in the crowd, my mom was happy capturing photos on her phone. It was a chaotic scene. I asked my mother what was going on and she explained to me,“It is Mahalaya, the day when there is no moon at night and  when Goddess Durga descends on earth with her family.”

 

This day is very sacred, especially for Bengalis as it marks the beginning of  Durga Puja. Also on Mahalaya, they wake up really early to offer prayers and  homage to their ancestors and departed souls of dear ones. They do puja and tarpan in near by water body.

 

That explained this huge gathering of people on the ghat I have never seen before. After this ritual in the Ganges, they feed pandits and the needy.

 

I learned that Mahalaya happens in the Ashwin month of Hindu calendar on Amavashya (no moon night) which is the 15th day of the month. Mom also  mentioned about mantra chanting that plays on the radio at 4am on Mahalaya, celebrating the arrival of the goddess.

 

Normally, Durga Puja starts after Mahalaya but this year there is an extra month (Adhik Maas) in hindu calendar and so Durga Puja will be held 30 days after Mahalaya.

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Know about the Mahalaya festival- Essay by 8 year old Agneesh Raj Banerjee from Kolkata

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8 year old Agneesh Raj Banerjee from Kolkata supplies us with all the details we need to know more about the Mahalaya and of course, some much needed excitement.

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Mahalaya is on 17th September this year. Goddess Durga starts her journey from Kailash with her children Ganesha, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kartikeya to  visit her father’s home on earth. This time, her vehicle is a boat which is supposed to mean there will be rain.

Mahalaya happens in autumn when the skies are blue with white clouds  floating around. Kaash and Shuili flowers bloom all over making the  surrounding picturesque. Dew falls on the leaves. Lord Rama worshipped Ma  Durga in autumn before going to Lanka to fight with the King Ravana.

Devi Paksha starts from Mahalaya and many people come to the bank of river Hooghly to pray for their ancestors who have passed away. The poor people  are given food.

On this day, in Kumartuli, where Durga idols are made, the painters paint the  eyes of the Ma Durga idols, which is called Chakshudan.

Very early in the morning, my father plays holy verses on the radio called Mahisasur Mardini which prays to Ma Durga to come to the Earth to kill the evil demon Mahisasur. It means the victory of good over evil.

Durga Puja starts seven days after Mahalaya and ends on the 10th day. This  year, there is a long gap since there are two new moons in this month.

 

I feel  very excited since Durga Puja isn’t far away from Mahalaya and I can go  to the park to take rides in the ferris wheel and jump on the trampoline, which I love very much.

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Hurray! Dugga Ma is coming- Poem by 8 year old Atreyo Bhattacharyya from Kolkata

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Here is 8 year old Atreyo Bhattacharyya from Kolkata sharing with us the excitement of a festival.

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Hurray! Dugga Ma is coming
“Jago Tumi Jago” people are humming,
The nature surrounding us is beautiful
We will all wear new dresses that are colourful.

 

The white clouds are fluffy and thick
Dugga Ma is coming from Kailash so quick,
Today is the day when Pitri Paksha finishes
On Devi Paksha everyone’s dream accomplishes.

 

Dugga Ma gives us power we require
Saraswati Ma gives us knowledge to inspire,
Lakshmi Ma gives us wealth we need
To go through the path that will make us succeed.

 

Good always triumphs over evil
As God will always win over devil,
Bengalis celebrate Mahalaya with a ‘pujo – pujo’ feel
As we go on the road of truth, with determination and skill.

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Know Onam better- Essay by 14 year old Ritwik Vastani from Ooty

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Onam was celebrated earlier this month, but how much do we know about this fantastic festival from Kerala? Here is 14 year old Ritwik Vastani from Ooty giving a thorough account of all you need to know about it. Weekends are perfect for a festive feel, isn’t it?

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Onam is an annual holiday and festival celebrated in the state of Kerala, India. This festival is one of the most joyful occasions in Kerala and the entire  state is filled with happiness during the celebrations.

 

Many tourists also visit  Kerala during this time to know more about the  culture of the people living  there and to be a part of the celebrations. Kerala  which is also known as the ‘God’s own country,’  is altogether transformed  during Onam.

Onam is a harvest festival celebrated by all people in and from Kerala, irrespective of religion. The date of Onam is based on the Hindu Panchangam and falls on the 22nd nakshatra, Thiruvonam in the month Chingam of  Malayalam calendar, which in Gregorian calendar overlaps with August and September.

 

According to legend, it is believed that Onam is celebrated to honour the kind-hearted and much-beloved demon King Mahabali, who is believed to return to Kerala during this festival. According to Vaishnava mythology, King Mahabali was a demon king of the Asura tribe who defeated the Gods and began ruling over all three worlds, and won over the hearts of his subjects.

 

Onam is a ten-day festival which begins on Atham and ends on Thiruvonam. During the ten-day festivities, devotes bathe, offer prayers and wear  traditional clothes. Women wear a white and gold saree called the ‘Kasavu’ saree. They also participate in dance performances, draw flower rangolis called “Pookkalam” and cook traditional feasts called ‘Sadya.’

 

Sadya is served on banana leaves during Onam and is a 9-course meal consisting of 26 dishes. It includes Kalan (a sweet potato and yam coconut curry dish), Olan(white gourd prepared in coconut curry), Kootu curry(a dish made of chickpeas), Rasam(a soup-like dish made with a base of tomato and pepper,eaten with rice and other preparations) and the much-beloved dessert, Parippu payasam(a rice kheer preparation)

People also participate in the world famous boat races called ‘Vallam,’ tiger dances called ‘Pulikali,’ tug of war, Thumbi Thullal or women’s dance  ritual, mask dance or Kummattikali, Onathallu or martial arts, Onavillu/music, Onapottan(costumes), folk songs among other fun activities.

Onam is celebrated with a number of cultural elements. This is the most  important harvest festival of Kerala. Keralites all over the world celebrate this  festival with pomp and gaiety to welcome their beloved King Mahabali.

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Happy Onam! – Poem by 11 year old Aparna Rajesh from Sharjah

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11 year old Aparna Rajesh from Sharjah gets all of us in the festive spirit for Onam! Lets join in the fun.

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Ten days of happiness, love and care
Beautiful set attires I wear
Fragrance of flowers everywhere

When this beloved festival arrive
Poverty does not thrive

 

The festival is Onam
The sun above the land shines with joy
We arrange different flowers in different designs and enjoy

Boat racing, Tug of war is some games played
The inviting taste comes from the sadya made

Onam comes straight from the god’s own home town
It has the power to make people smile and to erase away that frown

My family and friends happily celebrating together
All these memories always in my heart forever.

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