Celebrating Religious Festivals This Spring

This April, people all over the world will be celebrating major festivals in the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic calendars. First is the Jewish holiday of Passover, which takes place between 5 and 13 April this year. Passover commemorates the Bible story of Exodus, which tells of the Israelites’ escape from slavery in ancient Egypt. On the first two nights of Passover, families and friends eat a special meal called a seder and read the Exodus story together.
Next, on 9 April, is the Christian festival of Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, who Christians believe to be the Son of God. Jesus was crucified (put to death on a cross) by the Romans, and Christians believe that three days later, God brought him back to life. On Easter Sunday, Christians go to church to hear the Easter story, pray, and sing joyful hymns. Easter is also associated with new life and new beginnings, and symbols of Easter include eggs, rabbits, and chicks.
Finally, on 22 April, Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the last day of the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a holy month in the Islamic calendar because it marks the time when the first verse of the Quran (the Muslim holy book) was made known to Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. During Ramadan, Muslims fast (do not eat or drink) between sunrise and sunset. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the month of fasting, and Muslims pray at a mosque or an outdoor service and celebrate with a feast and by exchanging presents.

You’ll find a great range of our titles below to help everyone from tiny tots to young adults celebrate and learn about these major festivals.


Perfect introductions for little ones

Baby's First Easter

Why is Easter so important for Christians? How do Christians celebrate Easter? This beautiful early learning board book helps the littlest readers take a very first look at Easter traditions and the Easter story.
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Baby’s First Ramadan

Why is Ramadan such a special month for Muslims? What happens on the day of Eid al-Fitr? This beautiful early learning board book helps the littlest readers take a very first look at the holy month of Ramadan and the wonderful celebrations of Eid.
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Learn to read and read to learn

Festivals and Celebrations

Ideal for young children who are learning to read, Festivals and Celebrations in our DK Readers series will teach them all about festivals around the world, including the special Seder meal at Passover, the celebration of new life at Easter, and the importance of Ramadan and the joy of Eid al-Fitr.
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The Easter story

My Very First Bible

My Very First Bible brings more than 25 much-loved Bible stories – including the Easter story – to life for very young children.
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Fascinating facts about special days

Celebrations Around The World

Did you know that in Sweden, children dress up as witches and visit houses asking for sweets at Easter time? Or that Eid al-Fitr is also known as the Sugar Feast in Turkey? Celebrations Around the World will take children on an exciting journey around the globe, meeting people of many different religions and cultures as they celebrate their most important festivals.
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Learn about Passover with interactive sticker fun

The Ultimate Sticker Book: Passover

With more than 60 reusable stickers, The Ultimate Sticker Book: Passover is the perfect way for young children to learn about the Passover story and discover how people celebrate Passover today.
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The Big Ideas behind Easter

The Bible Book

Who were the key figures in the Easter story? What does the resurrection of Jesus tell us about the Christian faith? The Bible Book in DK’s Big Ideas Simply Explained series explores and analyses the Easter story, along with more than 100 of the most important stories, events, and teachings in the Bible, making it the perfect guide for adults and young adults with an interest in Christianity or religion in general.

More books like these?

For more books like these be sure to have a look at our Religions and Ideas category.
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