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  • Hinduism

    Hinduism is made up of a variety of different religious beliefs and practices which originated near the river Indus in India. The name 'Hindu' comes from the word Indus. The religion dates back over 4,000 years unlike most other religions, Hinduism has no single founder, no single scripture, and no commonly agreed set of teachings.

  • Diwali (The Festival of Lights)

    Diwali is the festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. The word Diwali means 'rows of lighted lamps'. Diwali is known as the 'festival of lights' because of  the epic story of Rama & Sita who on their return home,  after 14 years of exile were greeted by the people of the city of Ayodhya, with oil lamps called diva. Diwali is one of the most important days in the Hindu calendar, the day after Diwali Hindu's all over the world will celebrate the coming of the Hindu new year.

  • Holi (The Festival of Colours)

    Holi is a very colourful festival which is celebrated with dancing, singing and throwing of powdered paint and coloured water. On the Eve of Holi a festival named “Holika Dahan” takes place where an effigy of Holika, the evil minded sister of the Demon King Hiranyakashyap is burnt. Holika tried to kill her nephew who was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. The ritual symbolises the victory of good over evil and also the triumph of a true devotee.


    The Legend of Lord Krishna is also associated with playing with colours as Krishna started the tradition by applying colour on his beloved Radha. Gradually, the playing with colour gained popularity with the people and became a tradition.

  • The Art of Rangoli Patterns

    Rangoli is a traditional Indian art form often associated with Diwali. A Rangoli is a brightly coloured design created using different materials such as coloured powders, seeds and grains, flower petals, pencils, pens and paint.

  • India

    India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populated country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populated democracy in the world.

  • Some of it’s many different Cultures and Customs

    Mehndi means henna, but it is most commonly used in the west as a term for the designs painted on the hands, feet, or other parts of the body, using henna as the stain.

  • Bollywood

    Bollywood is the name given to the Mumbai-based film industry in India. When combined with other Indian film industries (Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada), it is considered to be the largest in the world in terms of number of films produced, and maybe also the number of tickets sold.

  • Banghra Dancing

    Bhangra originated in the Punjab region of India. Traditionally a good harvest was celebrated by dancing and singing songs to the sound of the Dhol drum. Bhangra is now used to describe a high-energy style of dance music developed by young Asians and performed at weddings, parties and clubs.

  • Garba

    Garba is folk dance that usually takes place during the festival of Navratri. Originating from Gujarat, this dance is now popular throughout India and indeed the world. ‘Garba’ derives from the word “Garbha” meaning womb in Sanskrit and refers to the clay pot that is traditionally placed at the centre of the dancing circle.

  • Famous Quotes about India and Hinduism

    "We owe a lot to Indians,  who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made"

    -Albert Einstein


    "India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only."

    -Mark Twain


    "There has been no more revolutionary contributioin than the one which the Hindus (Indians) made when they invented zero."

    -Lancelot Hogben


    "In religion, India is the only millionaire... The one land that all men desire to see and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined."

    -Mark Twain


'Religious Education (RE) makes a significant contribution to pupils’ academic and personal development. It also plays a key role in promoting social cohesion and the virtues of respect and empathy, which are important in our diverse society. However, the potential of RE was not being realised fully in the majority of the schools surveyed for this report.'


Ofsted Report (Religious education: realising the potential)

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