I recently took my son a religious celebration (Datta Jayanti) As expected from a child in nuclear family, with one parent atheist, living abroad, he knew little about what to do from the sequence of praying to when to get Prasad. The Arti's were almost alien language to him. He dozed off for the entire duration of Pravachan part. Looking at Gurudev Datta's photo, he shouted out loud, "I know! we are here for that Jai Bappa's birthday". And the food was most exciting activity of the evening. Yet He was excited and wantedly came with me. He watched everything with so much curiosity. He tried to be as respectful to the people a d happenings as his 5 year self could muster up. He read the whole schedule even without understanding half of it. And remembered it. He participated with holding the flag during Palkhi, clapping for Arti, did everything I told him to. He asked questions all through the evening genuinely wanting to understand. Before leaving, when I was putting some money for the Hundi in my purse and explained to him why I am doing that, he took out some from his own piggy bank. Once there, the first thing he did was look for the box and put it in. We still have a long way to go. As a parent, there are few things as satisfying as your child participating in a celebration of your values. Maybe he won't like these once he grows up. Maybe he will grow up to find some values and beliefs that are totally different. But for now, he loves something that's close to my heart. Because deep down, we need to have a belief system of some kind. Because that's one of the things that make us more accommodating, empathetic, patient, respectful of our surroundings humans, animals, nature and beyond. P. S. There are plenty of other nice things we teach him apart from religion.