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To address the need for religious unity, World Religion Day was initiated in 1950 by the National
Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’is of the United States, the U.S. Bahá’i governing body.
The Day’s purpose is to call attention to the harmony that exists among the spiritual principles
practised by religious communities around the world. World Religion Day also emphasizes that
religion can be a motivating force for world unity.
Increasingly observed by people across the globe, World Religion Day falls on the third Sunday in
January. The Day is celebrated by hosting interfaith discussions, conferences and other events that
foster understanding and communication among the followers of all religions.
More recently, the significance of World Religion Day has spread among many countries. In 1985,
the government of Sri Lanka issued a postage stamp in commemoration of the day.
(From website: http://www.bahai.us/world-religion-day)
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1) World Religion Day Website - http://www.worldreligionday.org/
2) Ontario Human Rights Commission ‘Religious Rights’ http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/issues/religious_rights
3) Ontario Multifaith council - http://www.omc.ca/
4) Interfaith Unity Resource Centre - http://www.interfaithunity.ca/index.htm
5) BBC Religion page featuring background information about many faith groups, a multifaith
calendar and faith-related news headlines from around the world - http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/
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Strategies for School and the Classroom
1) CBC Digital Archives includes video and sound clips about faith-related issues as well as a lesson
plan - http://archives.cbc.ca/society/religion_spirituality/
2) BBC Religion exercises (ages 11-16) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/re.shtml
Also on this site, BBC – GCSE Bitesize: Religious Studies http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs/
3) UN Cyberschoolbus activity encouraging student learning about human rights issues related to the
right of freedom of thought, conscience and religion http://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/humanrights/declaration/18.asp
4) Pete’s Powerpoint Station, a web partnership created by two teachers with power point
presentations about philosophies and religions, as well as interactive activities for children. The
site offers information on numerous classroom topics and is a partnership between two teachers http://www.pppst.com/religions.html
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Lesson Plans
1) United Religions Initiative offers background information and various activities relating to religion http://www.uri.org/kids/activities.htm
2) Teaching about Religion with a View to Diversity, an American site, offers many lesson plans
appropriate for all ages - http://www.worldrevieweducation.org
3) PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly Programme features a webpage with lesson plans, teaching
tips and resources for all age levels - http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/category/foreducators/lesson-plans/
4) Teaching Ideas is a British website with a list of general teaching ideas and resources about faith,
and are provided by teachers from all over the world. The site is mainly for teachers who teach
primary-age children. - http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/re/contents.htm
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1) Multifaith Centre a the University of Toronto has numerous links to multi-faith organizations http://multifaith.utoronto.ca/Multi-Faith-Resources,-Communities-And-Links.htm
2) World Religion Website created by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. The site informs
people about various religions and beliefs, and their historical development. It aims to increase
understanding and promote tolerance. - http://www.religioustolerance.org/
3) ReligionFacts is a website that offers an objective guide that offers articles on a wide variety of
world religions - http://www.religionfacts.com
4) [email protected] State University includes information and helpful links to resources about
the world’s major religions - http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/religion/
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Chinese New Year (2004)
Primary/Junior
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Diwali nights (2000)
Primary/Junior
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Peace tree (2005)
Primary/Junior
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Respecting beliefs : Muslims, Christians, Jews
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The Christian world.
280 BRO
Brown, Alan
Published 1984
The Oxford children's A to Z of world religions
291 GAN
Ganeri, Anita, 1961-
Published 1999
Death customs
291.23 RUS
Rushton, Lucy.
Published 1992
Diwali
294 .53 6 TOR
Torpie, Kate, 1974-
Published 2009
The Hindu world.
294.5 BAH
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Bahree, Patricia
Published 1982
Hindus and Hinduism
294.5 MIT
Mitter, Partha.
Published 1982
Diwali
294.53 6 DES
Deshpande, Chris.
Published 1994
Hindu festivals
294.53 6 KAD
Published 1997
Sikhs and sikhism
294.6 KAP
Kadodwala, Dilip.
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Kapoor, Sukhbir S.
Published 1982
Sikh festivals
294.63 6 COU
Coutts, John.
Published 1997
The Jewish world.
296 CHA
Charing, Douglas
Published 1983
Jewish festivals
296.41 WOO
Wood, Angela.
Published 1997
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On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
296.43 1 FIS
Fishman, Cathy.
Published 1997
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur
296.43 1 HEI
Heiligman, Deborah.
Published 2007
Hanukkah
296.43 5 CLA
Clark, Anne, 1949-
Published 1998
Celebrating Hanukkah
296.43 5 NIE
Nielsen, Shelly, 1958Published 1992
The story of Hanukkah
296.43 5 SIM
Simon, Norma.
Published 1997
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A picture book of Passover
296.43 7 ADL
Adler, David A.
Published 1982
The family treasury of Jewish holidays
296.43 DRU
Drucker, Malka.
Published 1994
I am a Jew
296.74 LAW
Lawton, Clive.
Published 1985
Ramadan
297 .36 2 ALO
Aloian, Molly.
Published 2009
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Islam
297 PEN
Penney, Sue.
Published 2001
The Muslim world
297 TAM
Tames, Richard.
Published 1982
Muslim festivals
297.36 COO
Cooper, Jane.
Published 1989
Ramadan
297.36 GHA
Published 1996
Ghazi, Suhaib Hamid.
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