Our Girl Scout Service Unit celebrated World Thinking Day yesterday with a Passport Adventure. Several troops hosted tables featuring individual countries and attending Girl Scouts participated in a whirlwind tour, reading displays, tasting ethnic food and making crafts or playing games.
Our troop chose to learn about India. Hayley was sick the day we were supposed to put our display together but the girls did a wonderful job of researching on their own and bringing items (and knowledge) to share with the other girls.
Some things the girls found particularly interesting:
- More than 80% of the people living in India are Hindu. They worship many gods and goddesses.
- The cow is sacred -- not because the people have an affinity for cows, but because they believe their gods and goddesses often take the form of animals when they visit their people...and the cow is the form most often chosen.
- The Ganges River is a sacred river and is actually considered a goddess. People who bathe in its waters are washed free of their sins.
- The peacock is the national bird.
- The Taj Mahal was built as a memorial for an emperor's dead wife. It took 20 years and 20,000 workers to complete this massive, beautiful structure.
- The average worker in India brings home an annual salary of $884. The average U.S. worker brings home $45,000.