I would love to tell you that we are made of money and that we can afford to take our kids around the world to explore other cultures. But I can’t do that, because we don’t have heaps of money to spend globetrotting with three children. In turn, I have made it my personal mission to teach my kids about other cultures. Knowing that Holi was coming up, I reached out to my neighbor, Kehuli, and I asked if she would bring her family over to teach us about it and to help us celebrate!
“While you are alive collect moments, not things, earn respect, not money, and enjoy love, not luxuries. ” – Aarti Khuarana
Being a minimalist doesn’t mean that we don’t spend money on frivolous items for our children, because we are definitely guilty of that! What it means to us is that we strive to spend our fun money collecting moments as opposed to things.
This past week I spent our fun money on our family’s Holi celebration. It was such a great experience that we feel this event needs to be incorporated annually into our budget.
What is Holi?
Have you ever been to a Holi celebration? Holi is a festival celebrated by Hindus that marks the last full moon of winter and the coming of spring. Today, Holi still honors the moon but is a celebration of love as the Hindu people ask the moon to grant their families well-being and prosperity. Holi is also known as the festival of colors. It is bright, loud, and so much fun!
How did we celebrate?
I reached out to my good friend, Amazon about bought these two items for our celebration, spending a grand total of $58. This amount of chalk powder was plenty for our Holi celebration. Then we busted out our water guns and let the games begin!
(If you choose to buy these items from Amazon, know that they were worth it and we were able to easily get the colors out of our clothes. Our hands, on the other hand, needed a bit more scrubbing.)
I absolutely loved learning about Holi and participating in such a joyous celebration. Cheers to the hope that all the sweet neighbor kids that stepped in to join us had a great time, and that their parents didn’t care about how messy they were when they came home. Because we absolutely loved having them!
My children, and this world.
As my children continue to grow, I hope that they look back at their life treasuring moments like this. Moments where we got to laugh uncontrollably, run, and play together…and I hope they can see the incredible love we have for them and this beautiful world that we are blessed to call our own.
PennState says, “Diversity activities teach young children to respect and celebrate the differences in all people.” In our family, we have discovered that games and activities are an incredible way to teach children about our differences and similarities.
We are so blessed to live in such a richly diverse world, with traditions that should be respected and acknowledged. How do you help teach your kids about the differences in the world? Do you want to learn other ways you can teach your kids about other cultures on a budget? Send me an email or shoot me a message on Instagram to let me know what cultural activity we should partake in next. Let’s celebrate together!
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