Celebrating Krishna Janamashtmi With Kids 

Krishna Janmashtami, also known simply as Janmashtami, is the annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Hindu families celebrate by fasting, singing, praying together, preparing and sharing special food, night vigils and visiting Krishna or Vishnu temples. Many temples host discussions and story time based on the Bhagavad Gita. To get in the festive spirit communities organize dance-drama events called Raas Leela/Krishna Leela and fun community competitions are held including Dahi Handi, making human pyramids with groups to break high hanging pots filled with dahi and/or makkhan.

Celebrating Krishna Janamashtmi With Kids 

No matter your child’s age there is always a fun way to celebrate festivals and traditions. Here are a few ways based on age on how you can celebrate Krishna Janamashtmi with kids. 

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0-3 years 

Explaining the significance of festivals to children this young can be a challenge so do celebrations that you can cherish for years to come.

Dress them up as the Makhani chor himself, girl included. We did this when my daughter was a little over a year old and the memories are evergreen.

Celebrating Krishna Janamashtmi With Kids 

Play bhajans, children are so perceptive to music. Set the mood at home with some divine tunes.

Board books, show the beauty of Krishna through this lovely board book.

3-5 years 

Get creative with art. This is a great age to craft.

Make a Krishna’s crown using construction paper, glitter and accessorize it with feathers and beads etc. Your child can also decorate a flute or dandiya sticks with paint, fabrics and other embellishments. 

Celebrating Krishna Janamashtmi With Kids 

Using coloring books to bring Krishna to life via your children’s eyes.

Watch cartoons about Krishna. We particularly love this movie! It’s so cute and the songs are beautiful.

Read stories to teach little ones about the tales of Krishna and his childhood.

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6 + years

Break the rule of bedtime, after all Krishna was known to bend the rules here and there. 😉 Stay up late to tell the story of how Lord Krishna was born on a stormy rainy night. Celebrate his birthday togetherKrishna is known for his love of all things dairy including sweets! Get your little ones involved in the kitchen to make desserts for the birthday celebrations.

Celebrating Krishna Janamashtmi With Kids 

Older kids can read chapter books about Krishna, his teachings and Vishnu’s ten avatars.

Download this fun Krishna Janamashtmi crossword puzzle that was created exclusively for our blog readers.

For Parents

For us parents of just as important to learn so we can continue to teach our little ones about the stories behind our festivals and prayers. Here is a list of books I love and recommend to keep learning!

The books in this post are all available via Kulture Khazana, a partner of Love Laugh Mirch. Use MIRCHI for 15% off all purchases. 

How do you celebrate Krishna Janamashtmi? 

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