A Journey Through Ancient India

The Sixth grade students are currently studying Ancient India.  Read their comments to find out what they have discovered.  Our first subjects are the physical geography of India and its people.  The second part will be about Religions of India.  Students will compare and contrast these religions to Catholism. Our last group of students will explore festivals of India, comparing their holidays and celebrations to those we celebrate.


India, Point Of Origin For Major World Religions





The Mauryan, Gupta, and Chonda empires were 3 great empires in India. The kings of Chola ruled southern India. The kings used their wealth to build temples. They also loved playing games. One favorite games was chess. The games originated in India but had 4 players athte time. The Gupta empire had the great poems Mahabharata and Ramayana were written during this period. They had many artist and writers so animal fables were written. They also excelled in science, medicine, and math. The Mauryan empireconquered many places. They had strong warriors. They were very wealthy.


Indians celebrate independence day on August 15 each year to commemorate independence from British. Americans celebrate on July 4. Americans celebrate it from Declaration of Independence and the rebirth of our nation. Both India and America both Celebrate Independence from the British. In India to celebrate they do: festive, flag-waving event with military processions, parades, fireworks, and patriotic music. Bells were rung, guns fired, candles lighted, and firecrackers set off.


India Independence Day - Photo by Rajkumar1220 / Creative Commons



Summertime Activities of Fireworks and Picnics


 The Indian web site, http://goasia.about.com/od/Events-and-Holidays/fl/India-Independence-Day...

The american web site, http://www.infoplease.com/spot/independenceday1.html



Hinduism is the oldest and most common religion in India. It has no founder or at least unknown.  The word Hindu means "an inhabitant of India". Developed over time this Indian religion becama traditions of the subcontinent. Hinduism began with people who called themselves Aryans. Hindus think and say that Hinduism isnt just a religion but a way of life.

Students researched festivals and holidays in India and compared them with ones we celebrate as Catholics.