Abbie Brooks

India's Religion

Hinduism: It Is know as one of the oldest organized religions. It's sacred writing dates back as far back as 1400 to 1500 B.C..

Brahman: Known as the supreme Hindu GOD. Strictly speaking, it is neither god or reality.

3 Hindu Deities: Are the 3 most important gods of Hindu. Trimurti, Vishnu the preserver, & Shiva the destroyer.

Dharma: Dharma is only one part of the hindu religion. Dharma means Duty, duty as in what the hindu gods sent you to do.

Karma: Karma is actions or deeds. As a religious term, Karma is the actions that affects ones fortune in this life and the next.

Samara: The repeated passing of souls through different worlds.


Diwali: Hindu festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs in India, even all over the world. It is a five day celebration occurring in October or November.

How is it Celebrated: It is celebrated by lighting candles, lamps, decorating your house, parties, festivals, special meals, and in some places there are even fireworks.

Diwali is a holiday like Honika, or Christmas. The holidays are all celebrating GOD(s) that they believe in or worship. Diwali is sort of like Hindu's Christmas. The holiday has decoration that is put up, and there are decorations put up around the house. Just like for Christmas, there is a Christmas tree and ect..

Christian Marriage to Hindu Marriage

Hindu weddings are very colorful, with many decorations like candles, lights, and art. The celebration can go on for many days. The brides and groom's home are very colorful during the celebration. The home entrance, walls, floors, and roof are very colorful, and decorated with balloons and other kind of decorations.

A Christian wedding is like most other (american) weddings. The weddings are held for one day, and can be celebrated anywhere, not just your house. There are many decorations like, flowers, candles, and many foods. The bride and groom are married under a arch. when it is time to eat, the groom and bride cut the wedding cake (which is sometimes tall and sometimes has many layers stacked on top of each other). The bride and groom get the first slice of cake and after, everyone gets to eat. People bring presents as gifts for the new wedded couple, and all family and friends come to celebrate.

India Before & India Now Comparison

India in the past is very much like India now, in the present day. Many homes are built alike, but most are built from different material. Some people have the same living styles as they're family in the past did. Villages are built alike, but most are built so that there is more space for people. lots of people still build their homes out of sticks and wood (like shown in picture #2).

Why are most Indians Vegetarian

Many people in India are farmers, so they grow mostly only vegetables. Which means there food gets sent off to stores and markets, and there are more of vegetables and fruit, than meat. And since many people in India grow their own food, most then consider to go onto a vegetarian diet.

What is the importance of the Ganges River to Hindus?

Ganges is a holy river for the hindus. In mythology, ganges is said to originate from shiva's head and said to possess powers to cleanse one's sins.

Biography about Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian Nationalism in British-Ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. He was born and raised in a hindu merchant caste family. Gandhi first employed nonviolent civil disobedience as an expatriate lawyer in South Africa, in the resident Indian community's struggle for civil rights.

Gandhi's vision of a free India based on religious pluralism, however he was challenged in the early 1940s by a new Muslim nationalism, which was demanding a separate Muslim homeland carved out of India. When Hindus, muslims, and Sikhs were traveling to their new home lands, a violent battle broke out. Eschewing on the Official Celebration of Independence in Delhi. Gandhi visited the affected areas, attempting to provide solace. He then took a stand for peace and harmony, but later on in his life, he was then killed by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu Nationalist. Gandhi is commonly, though not officially, considered the Father of the Nation, in India. His birthday, 2 October, is commemorated there as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and world-wide as the International Day of Nonviolence.