What is Maha Shivaratri?

Maha Shivratri, or simply Shivratri, is a Hindu festival celebrated all across India. The name literally means ‘the great night of Shiva’. The auspicious time begins at sundown on the the 13th night during the month in the Hindu calendar and ends at sundown the following day. Since the date of the festival is calculated on the Hindu lunar calendar it always falls on a moonless night.

It is a major festival in Hinduism, and this festival is solemn and marks a remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world. It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers and fasting.

The importance of the Bilva tree

It is believed that the Bilva tree was created by Lord Brahma. … The triangular leaves or 3 leaflets of the Bilva tree are offered to Shiva as they are very dear to him. Bilva tree is considered as the form of Shiva. It is also said that the worship of Shiva which is done without offering Bilva leaf is fruitless.

 Nursery and Reception had a go at studying the Bilva tree. They were shown the different parts of the tree and its benifits. The children then had a go at drawing the tree and used water colour paints to create tones and shades.