Diverse Books that Celebrate Spring and Summer Festivities Around the World

No matter where you live, Spring is a time of renewal and new growth. Summer is also a time of sun, fun, and celebration. Many countries celebrate these wonderful months with breathtaking and fascinating cultural celebrations.

Diverse Books that Celebrate Spring and Summer Festivities Around the World

Holi, also known as The Festival of Colors

Originally a Hindu tradition, Holi is one of the famous spring festivals around the world. Holi is celebrated by Hindus across Northern India. It involves throwing colored powder at one another, which pays tribute to the many hues of the spring season as well as events from Hindu mythology. Usually lasting a full day and night, the festival is a gloriously colorful and happy celebration of the end of winter and the spring growing season.

Svenja from Colours of Us has a stunning booklist of 9 Children’s Books about Holi, the Festival of Colours: Picture Books for Babies & Toddlers, Preschool and Elementary School for ages 0 to 10.

Also, Dr. Amita Roy Shah shares Colorful Teacher and Parent Resources for Diwali and Holi on the Multicultural Children’s Book Day blog.

Amita is an award-winning author who has written the delightful multicultural children’s picture books It’s Time for Holi! and Lights, Camera, Diwali! with a mission of teaching, kids, parents and educators more about the Indian culture. She has spent her career in multicultural education and curriculum development and also the founder of HybridParenting.org; an online platform that is dedicated to investing in the cultural well-being of children. Check out her resources and activities here.

Summer Solstice

The summer solstice happens in the northern hemisphere around June 20-22 and in the southern hemisphere around December 20-22. It’s roughly defined as the longest day/shortest night of the year, which also means the sun is at its greatest potency. MulticulturalKidsBlog has 10 Fun Facts for Kids About Summer Solstice that shares the history and meaning of this event while also giving families ideas on what to do that honors the sun in their part of the world.

Celebrations and Festivals in Japan

Japan has many vibrant festivals including several Matsuri events, Tanabata 七夕 or the Star Festival, and the Hamamatsu Festival to name a few.

Though most matsuri festivals are held over the summer months, they take place in every season so they’re worth keeping an eye out for whenever you go to Japan. There are so many that picking the best ones is tough, but here are just a few of the most exciting matsuri festivals.

The Hamamatsu Festival is a popular event featuring 100 kites flown over sand dunes, that battle in the skies. The event takes place in late spring during the holiday period known as Golden Week. At night there’s a parade, creating a whole different style of festivities from the daytime.

Tanabata 七夕 is a Japanese holiday that is celebrated on July 7th every year. (Although in some places in Japan it is celebrated in August).  This holiday came about because of a romantic story that was created based on the stars Vega and Altair who are closest to each other on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar. Akane from Juggling With Kids shares the magical story behind this event and how your family can participate as well.

Jodie from Growing Book by Book has a wondering series called The Family Dinner Book Club and in this post, she shares her booklist of Japan and all of its fascinating culture.

Keep Calm and Read On!

Becky Flansburg

 

Rebecca “Becky” Flansburg is an author, freelance writer, and project manager for the non-profit online children’s literacy initiative, Multicultural Children’s Book Day/ #ReadYourWorld. Join the celebration! Our 9th annual celebration will take place on January 28, 2022. For more information, visit Multicultural Children’s Book Day on the web.

 

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