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This month we’re learning about (but not appropriating!) Ganesh Chaturthi.
This festival celebrates Ganesh, the famed elephant-headed god of new beginnings, remover of obstacles, wisdom, and intelligence. He’s also wild about sweets, so reading stories about him is an accessible gateway for non-Hindu kids to learn about the significance and principles of Hinduism.
When is it?
- Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-11 day festival that begins on the fourth day of the sixth Hindu month of Bhadrapada, typically falling in August or September.
- Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth (Ages 4-8)
- 10 Gulab Jamuns (Ages 2.5-6) is not about Ganesh at all, but R2 was just wild for this simple book centering anticipation, healthy sibling relationships, and sugary sweets.
- Ganesh and the Little Mouse (ages 6-8)
- Use Get to Know Ganesh from Mango & Marigold as you read stories about Ganesh.
- As kids if they can spot common visual and cultural signifiers of Ganesh across stories about him.
Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic: