National Anthems    
                              August 2010    
(Sanskrit for Birthday)
No, not Happy Birthday to India (that's not until January, though August 15th still calls for sparklers).  It's Happy Birthday to us - to gnaana and all of our wonderful supporters.  We launched our website last August and here we are 1 year later - growing strong.  So thank you, to all of our readers and customers, for your praise and encouragement.
How are we celebrating?  With some great new products!  Lots of them:  posters, books, new aprons designs & adult aprons and a line of eco-friendly stationery and wall prints.  Catch a glimpse of what's ahead, and stay tuned for New Products Week in September, where you'll be taken behind the scenes to meet the artists and the history behind each project.   
In the meantime, let's talk about some national anthems...
 Jana Gana Geography

There's certainly something about national anthems - hearing the one from your country fills the heart with effusive pride.  Can your kids identify Jana Gana Mana? Here's a simple and interactive activity that'll familiarize your kids with India's national anthem and its geography.  
Read more...      
 Pakistan's First National Anthem?

It's been reported that Pakistan's first national anthem was written by a Hindu poet.  Jinnah apparently commissioned Jagannath Azad, a Hindu poet from Lahore, to write the anthem on August 11, 1947 - just a few days before Independence Day.  Although the anthem has since been replaced with Qaumi Tarana, the existence of the original anthem had only been disclosed recently - to much debate and controversy.   Learn more... 
 Rakhi Poems

Raksha Bandan (Rakhi) celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters.  A girl ties a rakhi (sacred thread) on the wrist of her brother, and gifts and sweets are exchanged.  It's a beautiful holiday that acknowledges a beautiful (and irreplaceable) bond - a bond that perhaps only poets can capture in words.  Here are 2 simple English poems that you can recite with your kids.  Maybe the poems will restrain the rivalry...for a little while at least! 

Multi-Cultural Musings
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July 31:  5 Amazing Sand Sculptures 
July 26:  Wish You Knew More About Hinduism? 
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Join us on Monday, as our guest blogger will have your kids yodeling about Indian art! 
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Time to Celebrate! 
August 11:  Start of Ramadan
August 14:  Independence Day
August 15:  Independence Day
August 19:  Pateti
                  (Parsi New Year)
August 23:  Onam (Kerala)
August 24:  Raksha Bandan  
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 -- Rabindranath Tagore
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