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Another major religious holiday, this one celebrated in Jainism, where I can’t find any kid-friendly resources. For now, we’ll be discussing the significance of Jainism.
I’ll be keeping my eye out. I won’t hold my breath though – one of the principles of Jainism is not getting too attached to things – and writing, publishing, and sending a book out into the world might make detachment a little hard to do.
I’ve got plenty of adult resources to sort through, and a few Youtube cartoon videos the Earthquakes resented watching. But if you are a Jain and have any kid-engaging books or videos on the birth of Mahavira, any of the Tirthankara (great sages), or even on the principles Jainism, I hope you’ll comment below to share them with us!
When is it?
- The 14th day of the waxing moon during the Hindu month of Caitra, marking the birth of Lord Mahavir, founder of Jainism
- This usually falls between March or April on the Gregorian calendar
Parenting is Praxis:
- Read Be The Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story.
Gandhi was not a Jain, but he was inspired by the Jain values of non-violence, which was instrumental in his campaign for India’s independence from British colonialism. This story explains the longer-reaching elements of non-violence well.
- Discuss how non-violence intersects with our commitments from Earth Day (see above).
- Discuss one new small family habit we can choose to reduce harm and ripple out non-violence in our daily life. (For example, reducing single-use plastic with vegan floss and toothpaste tablets.)