Many people pray or talk to a God

A church ©Getty Images

A church ©Getty Images

People in a community go to pray, or to talk to God, and give thanks or ask for things in a special building called a church, temple, or mosque (say mosk).  Many people believe that there is a powerful spirit who made the planets and sky and stars, and also all living things. Some call that spirit God, but others have different names and different ways of believing. Each way of believing is a religion, and each group of people who follow a religion is a community.  

Each religion has different festivals or special times. Some are solemn and some are celebrations.

A cathedral ©Getty Images

A cathedral ©Getty Images

You may have Christian churches in your community. People who also believe in Jesus are called Christians.  There are different Christian religions,  and they all have slightly different beliefs and different ways of praying. The building in which they go to pray is called a church, or if it is very big, a cathedral. Each christian religion has its own churches.  Some are very big, others are quite small.

A synagogue roof ©Getty Images

A synagogue roof ©Getty Images

 In the Jewish religion, people believe in God but not in Jesus. They pray in a synagogue (say sin-uh-gog).  It is the oldest religion that has one god, instead of many.

You may have some synagogues in your community.

A mosque ©Getty Images

A mosque ©Getty Images

People who follow the religion Islam are called Muslims. Their name for god is Allah (say ar-luh), and they pray in a mosque (say mosk

Muslims have six prayer times each day. They go to the mosque at those times or else stop what they are doing to pray.

You may have some mosques in your community.

 

 

 

 

 

A small Buddhist temple in China ©Getty Images

A small Buddhist temple in China ©Getty Images

Some people follow the beliefs and way of life that was taught by Buddha (say it so it sounds like good-uh) many hundreds of years ago. 

Buddhists pray in a temple. They light incense sticks so the sweet smelling smoke will carry their prayers to the gods.

You may have a Buddhist temple in your community.

The roof of a Hindu temple with statues of many gods ©kidcyber

The roof of a Hindu temple with statues of many gods ©kidcyber

Some people follow the Hindu (say hin-doo) religion, which has more than one god. It is one of the oldest religions. Hindus pray in a temple or in a special place called a shrine that they make in their home.

You may have a Hindu shrine in your community.

 

 

 

 

 

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