Hinduism Facts for Kids – 5 Huge Facts about Hinduism

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Let’s discover five huge Hinduism facts for kids.

Hinduism Facts for Kids Fact number 1: Hinduism Is One of The Oldest Religions in The World

Hinduism is over 4,000 years old which makes it one of the world’s oldest religions. It is made up of a variety of different religious beliefs and practices. The people who follow Hinduism are known as Hindus.

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Hinduism Facts for Kids Fact number 2: Hinduism Originated in India

Over one billion people practise Hinduism worldwide. This makes it one of the top three most followed religions. Hinduism originally originated near the Indus River in India.  The name ‘Hindu’ actually comes from the word Indus. Although India does not have a national religion, most of the world’s Hindus live in India today.

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Hinduism Facts for Kids Fact number 3: Hindus Believe in Reincarnation

Brahman is the source of all existence and is present in every thing and every place for Hindus. The human soul, called atman, is part of the universal Brahman. Hindus generally believe that when someone dies, the atman is reborn in another body. Hindus believe in reincarnation, meaning that a soul may return many times in human, animal, or even plant form. A soul may return many times in human, animal, or even plant form.

Hinduism Facts for Kids Fact number 4: Hindus Believe in Many Different Gods

Some religions only worship one god, like Christianity, however Hindus worship many gods. It is said that Hindus believe in millions of gods. The three main gods in Hinduism are; Brahma known as the creator, Vishnu, considered the protector and preserver of life and Shiva the destroyer. Hindus also go to worship in Temples. A bell is rung loudly to summon HInud god to the worshipers. A red spot called the bindi is painted onto the forehead of Hindus. The Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia is regarded as the largest Hindu temple in the world.

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The Bayon Temple at the Angkor Wat Complex at Siem Reap, Cambodia

Hinduism Facts for Kids Fact number 5: Hinduism Have many Festivals

Mant Hindu festivals take place throughout the year. These festivals can often last many days. Diwali is probably one of the most well known Hindu holidays celebrated. It is a celebration that lasts for five days in late October or early November. Diwali is celebrated by exchanging presents, visiting friends, eating festive meals, and lighting lamps and fireworks.

Another well known festival is Holi. This festival is also known as Festival of Spring or Festivals of Colours. This festival occurs at the end of Winter to celebrate the start of spring. Holi is one of the most colourful festivals in the world. People throw colored water and powder on one another. Each colour carries a meaning. Red, for example, symbolises love and fertility and the colour green stands for new beginnings and freshness.

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We hope you enjoyed learning more things about Hinduism as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic the Hinduism religion is, you can move on to learn about religions like: Buddhism, Sikhism and Christianity.

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