Why is Janmashtami celebrated?
Janmashtami is a grand festival celebrated all over India to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna, who is believed to be the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Janmashtami is the day Bal Krishna is worshipped or Krishna in his infant form is worshipped. A naughty baby who would exasperate his mother no end, Krishna has been a charmer since childhood and is known to win the hearts of everyone he meets.
When is Janmashtami in 2023?
Why is Janmashtami celebrated for 2 days?
Here are some ways to help you celebrate this Krishna Janmashtami at home, in your society, or at school.
18 Creative Activities to Do on Krishna Janmashtami with Kids
The verses in the Bhagavad-Gita (The Hindu sacred book, narrated by Lord Vishnu) say, that whenever there will be a predominance of evil and a decline of religion, Vishnu will reincarnate to kill the evil and save the good.
The main significance of Janmashtami is to encourage goodwill and to discourage bad will.
1. Dress up like Radha or Krishna on Krishna Janmashtami
- Picture sent by Sharada Dilip of her son taken in 2011
- Aditeya Goyal, 6 yrs, Chandigarh
- Vidya Lohih’s daughter dressed as Radha
- Vani Balaraman’s son dressed as Krishna
2. Make a Krishna Janmashtami Peacock Crown –Janmashtami Art & Craft Idea
While the Lord wears many ornaments, his constant accessory is a peacock feather in his hair. Have you ever wondered why Lord Krishna wears a peacock feather?
The story goes that Krishna played his flute and the peacocks were so mesmerized that with large tears of ecstasy, the king of peacocks dropped many divine feathers at Krishna’s feet. Krishna lovingly accepted the offering of the peacocks and picked up the feathers and to everybody’s joy, placed a few of them on his turban. Thus he came to wear the peacock feathers.
Click on the image to learn how to make this Paper Crown.
3. Decorate a Dahi handi ( Curd Pot) – Janmashtami decoration ideas at home
Lord Krishna, in his infant form, loved eating butter and would gather his friends to steal the butter from the handi. They would make small pyramids to reach the Dahi handi hung at greater heights and then enjoy eating the tasty butter made by their mother. This is the real story behind celebrating Dahi Handi, which depicts the mischievous acts of Lord Krishna.
Decorate a Mud pot with painted paper feathers.
4. Welcome Krishna with a Footstep Rangoli – Janmashtami decoration ideas at home
5. Create a Krishna village scene – Janmashtami decoration ideas at home
6. Host a Dahi Handi Indoors
7. Decorate a bansuri / Flute
No Krishna costume is complete without a flute or bansuri. You can buy a decorated flute as part of the costume or get a plain one and decorate it using silver/ golden ribbons, Shiny Washi tape or gota and embellishments.
8. Create Peacock Feather Party favors
These feather pen favors can be created in your choice of colors to compliment your beautiful Krishashtami celebrations. Wrap a Satin Ribbon around a pen and stick a peacock feather at the end.
9. Make a Beautiful Kolam Card – Janmashtami Art & Craft Idea
Colored paper, paints, and a frame – Kolam idea via
10. Create a Krishna Jhula
11. Visit your local ISKCON Temple
A visit to ISKCON temple, if they’re in your city must be on your list on Janmashtami. There are special celebrations, shows, and activities on this day in the temple that can truly invigorate your senses. The Chants, the songs, and special Pujas will make it a learning experience.
12. Aarti ki Thali Decoration for Janmashtami
Courtesy of Pooni Pranav
Buy glitter foam sheets in green, light blue, and dark blue colors. Cut them in peacock feather shape. Cut each sheet in three different sizes. Stick them together as shown in the image above.
13. Read some fun books on Krishna
He held the baby up over his head
Bravely stepped in the water, then had a shock
For suddenly, the Yamuna parted
Revealing a path on which he could walk
Then from the river emerged a huge serpent
She also loves page 2 of the book with its: Yada Yada hi Dharmasya Glanir Bhavati …
as it reminds her of Mahabharata TV serial .. mein samay hoon …
I also love the series from Amar Chitra Katha
Stories of Krishna (5 in 1)
14. What can we eat on Krishna Janmashtami?
We have Sandhya Renukamba sending in a Gopal Kala recipe that’s specially made on Krishna Janmashtami
15. Make Radha Krishna DIY Hand Puppets and Peacock Bookmark Craft
Each kit contains the paper cutouts and the material required to complete the activity along with the instruction sheet to help the children. The children will enjoy making and can be used them for storytelling or fun.
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Or make your own version of this kit like how Surabhi Bhasin (Instagram.com/storykingdom2021) did in her online class with her students. Here is Adorable Tanay Ishaan holding his proud creation
I liked the idea so much that I quickly recorded a reel on how to make it. Check out the video on Instagram to make this Krishna Mask & Bookmark.
16. DOWNLOAD our eBook On Krishna
This book contains coloring pages, Krishna Shloka with meaning, and 2 stories.
17. Paint Your Own Super-Cute Peg Dolls
I found these adorable Krishna & Radha on a Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/MyLittleGopi/ . Do check out all the dolls.
18. Dabble in some Krishna Coloring Activities
Download Free Printable Baby Krishna coloring pages for kids of all ages. You can print or download them to color and offer them to your family and friends. The coloring pages will help your child to focus on details while being relaxed and comfortable.
The ways to celebrate Janmashtami with children are several, all of them rewarding. Bring magic home this year by going the extra mile and celebrating Krishna Janmashtami in a fun way with kids. Festivals are terrific in how they bring the family together. Plus, everyone’s doubly happy when the little Baal Gopal or Radha of the house is pleased!