Find out about the Hindu festival of Janmashtami and the nine masquerades of Vishnu.
Celebrating a birthday is a great reason for a festival. In India more than 800 million people celebrate Janmashtami to commemorate the birth of Krishna. Many different Hindu approaches and traditions are practiced throughout the world in different countries. The Janmashtami festival reminds Hindus of Vishne's triumph of good over evil.
During the Janmashtami celebrations, The Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu holy book in the form of a poem, is read without stopping. Many stories about Krishna are told, especially about his birth and his many pranks. Statues of Krishna as a baby are rocked. Plays are staged about the stories. Songs and dances are performed. Research more about these Krishna tales on the Internet or by asking people in your community who are Hindu.
To show what you are learning about Janmashtami, use Crayola® Colored Pencils to draw the nine masquerades of Vishnu--a fish, tortoise, boar, lion, dwarf, warrior, ideal man, blue figure, and Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Think about how to arrange these personalities to show that they are all Vishnu. Art books are fine resources for Hindu style ideas. Make your images dark, so they stand out.
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