India’s Festival of Holi

March 22nd, 2013 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi! It’s Thursday, March 22, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Pitara Kids Network: Holi

Age Range: 5-13 (approximately, with parental preview and supervision)

This ad-supported website was developed by entrepreneurs, journalists, curriculum developers, and educators in India and “was born out of the recognition that education is not an end in itself. That it has a higher goal – of helping our children become intelligent human beings. Intelligent and sensitive to their immediate social-political-cultural-ecological surroundings.”

The website offers all kinds of free games and activities to encourage learning, including terrific information on the spring festival in India called, “Holi.”  In 2013, Holi will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 27th.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the culture, customs and traditions of India. 

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. The information is slightly outdated as it says that Holi is on March 9-10. The festival changes dates annually. As mentioned previously, in 2013 it will be celebrated on March 27th. Explore the menu below the welcome message that includes:

*Holi: The Colours of Spring – Read about the history and meaning of the festival.

*Where Holi is the Talk of the Town – Find out why Holi is “the day when the world turns upside down.”

*The Song of Hori or Happiness – Read about the Hindu myths and legends about Holi. (Note: There is a game on this page that I couldn’t open and review. I’m not certain if it’s part of the page, or an ad.  If you can open it, preview to determine suitability of content.)

*Holi is for Children – Read a woman’s recollection of Holi and how her family celebrated when she was a child.

*Holi’s Here – If you’ve read all of the articles above, take the quiz to test your knowledge of Holi. Taking the quiz is education all by itself. Whether you answer correctly or incorrectly you receive an informative explanation.

This site offers a peek into Hindu beliefs, traditions, and legends associated with the festival of Holi in India. Some of the customs and beliefs may seem strange and puzzling, but they present a good opportunity for discussion and greater understanding of the people and countries of our world.

The site also offers many games and activities that I did not review. Plus, random ads are generated on each page of the website. Therefore, as always, parents should preview to determin suitability of content and supervise all Internet activity.


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