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Transcript of Hinduism!
ITS INTERFAITH WEEEK
Today we are going to learn about the religion Hinduism.
Holi is the festival of colours. People celebrate Holi by throwing coloured powder. Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes on the end of February or early March. They start it off with a bonfire on the Holi eve.
What do Hindus wear?
The clothes that lady hindus wear for parties and festivals are saris or salwar kamees (girls also wear this except saris).
Boys wear kruta for really important festivals and men wear their own clothes.
Traditional HIndu food includes roti or rice with curry or sometimes they eat all different types of roll.
Roll is roti with mutton or vegetables or sometimes they have egg with potato.
The roti is covered with sticky egg and then it is rolled in bread crumbs and fried.
For many Hindus, religion is a matter of practice rather than of beliefs. It's more what you do, than what you believe.
Hindus believe in a universal soul or God called Brahman. Brahman takes on many forms that some Hindus worship as gods or goddesses in their own right. Hindus believe that there is a part of Brahman in everyone and this is called the Atman.
Hindus believe that the soul is eternal and lives many lifetimes, in one body after another. The soul is sometimes born in a human body, sometimes in an animal body and sometimes in a plant body etc. Hindus believe that all forms of life contain a soul, and all souls have the chance to experience life in different forms.
Samsara means going through the cycle of repeated births and deaths (reincarnation). Hindus believe that existence of this cycle is governed by Karma.
Amazing facts about Hinduism
There are over 1 billion Hindus around the world!
India - 973 750 000
Nepal- 24 170 000
Bangladesh - 13 520 000
Indonesia - 4 050 000
Pakistan - 3 330 000
This is a diagram to show reancarnation.
Festivals that Hindus celebrate
The most celebrated festival for Hindus is Diwali , the festival of lights . It celebrates the return of Prince Rama and his wife, Sita, who had been kidnapped by Ravana, the demon king. It's all about good winning over evil, and light driving away darkness.
At Diwali Hindus hold firework displays and put out lamps called divas to light the way home for Rama and Sita. The lamps contain ghee ( butter oil ) which is also important in HIndu cooking.
Where do Hindus worship?
Hindus go to a temple (mandir) to worship.The first thing that Hindus do is ring the temple bell.This is a way of announcing to God that you have come to offer your prayers.
At the temple altar the priest offers food to the murtis. A murti is an image representing God. Then comes the arti ceremony, which is called the ceremony of lights. The preist rings a bell and offers incense, a flower, water and a lamp to the murti, moving them in a circles clockwise.