MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY, 2021! My review for children’s book “CELEBRATE HOLI WITH ME!”

Enjoy a book that celebrates colors as a part of Indian culture and Holi celebration, written by Shoumi Sen & illustrated by Abira Das!

Holi, the Festival of Colors is here, marking the arrival of Spring! Step into this book and watch Riya and her friends immerse everyone in a spectacular carnival of colors, while learning the story of Prahlad and why we celebrate Holi! ‘Celebrate Holi With Me!’ is part of the series ‘From The Toddler Diaries’ and celebrates Holi as experienced by 3 year old Riya. Presented in poetry and color, ‘From The Toddler Diaries’ is designed to drape parents and children in vivid hues of India’s cultural fabric.

Dol Jatra, Phagwah or Fagu

Call Holi what you may,

Old or young, boy or girl, all together we play!

Have you ever thought of a greater way to welcome spring than Holi? Well, you haven’t! The best moments of joy for kids and adults alike is to celebrate this fantastic festival and discover the importance of its origin in the Indian Culture. As well as experience unforgettable moments while playing with colors and feel the true menaing of joy, unleashing imagination, too! Kids will get excited with the rhymimng couplets and of course the illutrations which evoke so much color and fun! The Toddler Dictionary is a great idea to help kids to learn new Indian words and discover their own culture in an enjoyable way!

There are so many fabulous activities to follow for your kids and students so the get acquainted with the Holi celebration that I am sure you will enjoy it up to the most!

What is Holi?

Holi, is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. It is a festival celebrated with colour, water and the exchange of sweets and is primarily observed in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and countries with a large Indian population that follow Hinduism.Holi is celebrated by people throwing scented powder and colored water at each other. Bonfires are lit on the eve of the festival, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi), after which Holika Dahan prayers are said and prasad is offered.Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), on a full moon night, which usually falls in the later part of March.Holi is usually celebrated in March and signals the coming of spring in India, it commemorates the good harvests and the fertile land. It’s the start of new hopes and relationships, signified through the burst of colors everywhere. https://artsycraftsymom.com/holi-crafts-and-activities-for-kids/#What_is_Holi

Teachers brighten your students’ day with printables, puzzles, worksheets, crafts, colouring pages on this amazing site: https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/holi

AUTHOR’S BIO

Shoumi Sen is a Strategy, Sales and Marketing professional at a leading global energy management company. She studied engineering at BITS Pilani and The University of Maryland, College Park, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. Her childhood in Paris, Bombay and Dubai provided her with opportunities to appreciate how Indians preserve a connection to their culture even while living abroad. In Shoumi’s words, “Living outside India, it is sometimes challenging for parents to ensure that their children remain connected to their Indian roots, while at the same time, appreciating the culture of the place they are growing up in. Books can certainly help with that challenge and my hope is that the series ‘From The Toddler Diaries’  can play a part in helping our children grow into global citizens.”When not working or writing, she is always looking for the next travel destination with her family!

You can find Shoumi on: https://www.facebook.com/FromTheToddlerDiaries/

https://www.instagram.com/fromthetoddlerdiariesbooks/

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