|Diwali (Holiday History)
Author: Nayar, Nandini
Learn about the history of Diwali, including when, where, and who first celebrated it, its meaning, the traditions associated with it, including making sweets, worshipping gods, and lighting diyas, and how it is celebrated in different parts of the world today.
School Library Journal (04/01/23)
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School Library Journal - 04/01/2023 Gr 2–5—What is the background of holidays? What traditions are associated with them? How are they celebrated around the world? This series addresses these questions in short paragraphs and large-scale images with helpful labels. Text boxes ask "Did you know?" or "What do you think?" and then explain where the name of Halloween came from, or encourage readers to consider whether Kwanzaa should be a national holiday. A final "Quick Facts" page includes the date and place of origin, and a review of common symbols, foods, and traditions associated with the holiday. Sidebars focus on particular aspects, such as how to play dreidel during Hanukkah or common altar offerings for the Day of the Dead. Additional support includes tips for teachers and parents, and access to the Factsurfer website to learn more. VERDICT Recommended for those looking to add variety to their collections or update existing titles. - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.