We were given the challenge to work in groups to create an eye-catching poster about pilgrimage that can be used as a springboard for a verbal presentation. It was challenging to not write too much but include things that will jog our memory when we speak. We improved our research and group work skills whilst learning more about pilgrimage.
We were lovingly welcomed to the London Radha-Krishna Temple by Jaga. We took off our shoes and made our way upstairs where there was singing and dancing. We were invited to join in and it made us feel very happy and warm after walking in the rain to find the temple. We smelled flower petals and observed people worshipping, we asked lots of questions and were kindly given food and books to take away with us.
Read our comments to find out more about our experiences. We are busy writing about the awe and wonder of the temple in class and will share here when we have finished.
We have been learning about the many different Gods and Goddesses that Hindus believe come from the supreme God, Brahmen who is formless. We chose a God or Goddess who we were interested in, researched them and painted them in watercolour.
We learned about the festival of Diwali which is celebrated by people all over the world. The two religions who celebrate Diwali are Hinduism and Sikhism. We talked about the fact that you don’t have to belong to a religion in order to join a celebration. Some of us asked some fantastic questions such as: ‘Do you have to be born a Hindu or can you become one?’ and ‘What do Hindus do at Christmas?’ . Others noticed that lots of religions celebrate light and near to Christmas, Christians celebrate Christingle. We found it really interesting that Hindus believe in not one god but many gods and goddesses-we will be finding out more about them.
The story of Rama and Sita is remembered and told on Diwali as it represents good triumphing over evil. Hindus put lights called diyas in their houses to welcome Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. They also make beautiful rangoli patterns outside. We looked at some of these patterns and made clay tiles inspired by them. We learned about digging shapes out, building shapes up and joining the clay. When they are finished and dry, we are going to carefully add gold paint to highlight parts of the tiles. Some of us used the spare clay to make diva lamps.
We are really proud of our tiles and hope that you like them.
We learned about the Hindu festival of Holi during our ‘Celebration’ topic last term and we enjoyed it so much that we decided to celebrate it-you can see a video of us in another blog post having fun celebrating in a similar way that Hindu people do.
Read our writing to find out what we learned about Holi-we are really proud of it.