Wednesday, December 30, 2015

"Taiwan" celebrates Chinese New Year with the 23rd annual Lantern Festival

The Far East island of Taiwan is preparing for a month of celebrations for Chinese New Year, one of the country's most important festivals.

This year, Chinese New Year falls on February 10, but the celebrations will carry on pending the end of the month when Taiwan hosts the 23rd annual light Festival to welcome the Year of the Snake. The festival takes place from February 24-March 10 2013.
Taiwan's largest festival, the light Festival, is held annually on the first full moon of the lunar calendar - this year, February 24. 

This event forms the final celebrations of the traditional Chinese New Year and the two-week long festival is celebrated throughout the country with towns and villages putting on beautiful displays of pretty lanterns depicting birds, beasts and historical figures. 

The main festival is held in a different town every year, with the 2013 event being held in Hsinchu County. This festival all people wear in new clothes.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Lohri is a popular Punjabi festival

Lohri  is a popular Punjabi festival, celebrated by people from the Punjab county of South Asia. The. Origins of Lohri are many and link the festival to Punjab state. 
Many people believe the festival commemorates the passing of the winter solstice as Lohri was originally celebrated on winter solstice day, being the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

Lohri is traditionally connected with the harvest of the rabi crops. The traditional time to crop sugarcane crops is January and therefore, Lohri is seen by some to be a harvest festival. 

The general time to sow sugarcane is January to March and the harvesting period is between December to March with a 12 to 18 month cycle.

Sugarcane products such as gurh and gachak are central to Lohri celebrations, as are nuts which are harvested in January  The other important food item of Lohri is radish which can be harvested between October and January. This festival celebrate in all people and wear in new clothes. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Hornbill festival is a celebration in Nagaland

The Hornbill festival is a celebration held every year in the first week of December, in Nagaland, North-east India.

The state of Nagaland is home to some tribes, which have their own distinct festivals. More than 60% of the population of Nagaland depends on agriculture and therefore most of their festivals turn around agriculture. The Nagas believe their festivals blessed and so involvement in these festivals is important.

Organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments, Hornbill Festival showcases a concoction of cultural displays under one roof. This festival usually takes place between the 1st and the 7th of December every year in Kohima.

The Naga tribes are enjoying their foods during the great Hornbill festival of Nagaland.

The week-long festival unites one and all in Nagaland and people enjoy the colourful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies. Traditional arts which include paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures are also on display.

Festival highlights include the Traditional Naga Morungs showing and sale of Arts and Crafts, Food Stalls, Herbal Medicine Stalls, Flower shows and sales, Cultural Medley - songs and dances, Fashion shows, Beauty Contest, Traditional Archery, Naga wrestling, Indigenous Games, and Musical concert.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas Bada Dina festival Celebrate 25

Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December25  as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. 

A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is prepared for by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night; in some traditions, Christmastide includes an Octave. 

Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated culturally by a large number of non-Christian people, and is an integral part of the holiday season.

The celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins. 

Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, lighting a Christingle, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. 

In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Chaiti Festival, Rayagada

Chaiti Festival" or "Rayagada Mahotsav" is the official annual mass cultural festival of Rayagada district, India. It is one among the major visitor attractions in the district.

The festival started in 2005 in the district to give a boost to tribal culture.The cultural fest is observed in the Block levels and Sub divisional levels in addition to the district level. 

The first Chaiti Festival was organised as a mass festival by the then District Magistrate Dr. Pramod Kumar Meherda. Since then Chaiti festival has been organised every year. But for some reason it was discontinued during 2008. In 2009, Shri K.G.Mahapatra, the then Collector of the district revived the tradition. This festival celebrate all Boys and Girls wear in Traditional  Saree.  

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Balijatra Famous festival in Cuttack

Balijatra literally means A Voyage to Bali. This festival is held in Odisha, in the city of Cuttack at Gadagadia Ghata of the Mahanadi river, to mark the day when ancient Sadhabas (Oriya mariners) would set sail to distant lands of Bali, as well as Java, Sumatra, Borneo (all in Indonesia), and Sri Lanka for trade and cultural expansion. They sailed in large vessels called Boitas

Bali Jatra is also associated with Taapoi and rituals like Bhalukuni Osha or Khudurukuni Osha and Bada Osha. Taapoi is closely associated with the Bali Jatra festival, which recalls traditional memories of young maidens waiting for the return of their sailor brothers. To commemorate this, the festival is celebrated every year from the day of Kartika Purnima according to the Oriya Calendar.

In Cuttack, Bali Jatra is celebrated annually as a large open fair near the Barabati Fort area. It is said to be the largest fair of Odisha state. There are several attractions for children, and food stalls selling Oriya delicacies (Cuttacki Dahivada Aludum, Thunka puri, Barafa pan, Gupchup, etc.) from different parts of the state, and other vendors selling Handicraft product, Handloom Product, curiosities, and other gifts. Bali Jatra also provides a lot of cultural programs. Every year millions of people from all over the nation come to experience it.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Snana Yatra is a bathing festival celebrated on the Purnima (full moon day) of the Hindu month of Jyeshtha

The Snana Yatra is a bathing festival celebrated on the Purnima (full moon day) of the Hindu month of Jyeshtha. It is an important festival of the Jagannath devotees. This is the first occasion in the year as per the Hindu calendar, when the deities Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra, Sudarshan, and Madanmohan are brought out from the Jagannath Temple (Puri) and taken in a procession to the Snana Bedi. There they are ceremonially bathed and wear traditional yellowcolor Kahndua pata decorated for a public audience with the devotees.

It is a belief among devotees of Lord Jagannath that if they make a pilgrimage to see the deity on this day, they would be cleansed of all of their sins. Hundreds of thousands of devotees visit the temple on the occasion. The Skanda Purana mentions that King Indradyumna arranged this ceremony for the first time when the idols of the deities were first installed.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"Kartik Purnima" also known as Tripuri Purnima and Tripuri Purnima.

The Purnima on the day of Shukla Paksha in the Kartik month is known as Kartik Purnima. Kartik Purnima is also known as Tripuri Purnima and Ganga Snan. Kartik Poornima will observed on Wednesday, 25th November 2015. 

Lord Mahadev killed a demon named Tripuri on this day and hence, it is known as Tripuri Purnima. Kartik Purnima has immense religious value according to the Hindu mythology. There is a tradition of taking a bath in Ganga and donating lamps on this day. It is believed that Kartik Purnima provides Dharma, Artha, Kama and Salvation. 

Kartik Purnima is considered as an auspicious day according to Hindu mythology. It is considered to be day of Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Angira and Lord Sun. A person involving in baths, charity, donation etc on this day receives fruitful results. Shri Satyanarayana story is read on this day and lamps are lit on intersections, under Peepal trees, in temples etc. Prayers offered on each Purnima beginning from Kartik Purnima give positive results.
Importance of Kartik Purnima worship. This festival celebrate all people and wear in new clothes. 

It is believed that charities on this day are equal to a hundred Ashvamedh Yagyas. It is also believed that charities, donations etc in this month help in attaining salvation. All these things keep great importance on this auspicious day. Donations, charities etc. on this day, help in getting closer to Lord Shiva and keeps a person healthy and content. Kartik Purnima is one of the most important Purnimas of the year.

Monday, November 23, 2015

"Dhanu Sankranti" Famous festival Odia People

"Dhanu Sankranti" marks the day when Sun enters in the Sagittarius or Dhanu Rashi. Dhanu Sankranti marks the beginning of the ninth month in Hindu Solar Calendar. This symbolizes the beginning of the auspicious Dhanur mas for the Vaishnava sect.

On this day, Lord Surya or the Sun God is worshiped. Devotees take a dip in the sacred rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Yamuna as it is considered a very auspicious ritual. This festival is celebrated with great gusto in Orissa. Lord Jagannath is worshiped on this day. In Orissa, the month of Pousha is considered the month of plenty. Hence, after collecting the harvest a festival of celebration is organized. A special delicacy made of sweetened rice flakes Dhanu Muan is prepared which is offered to Lord Jagannath. This festival celebrate in all people and wear new dress

Thursday, November 19, 2015


The nine days function of fire deity Maa Hingula and 12th lokamshotshav is being celebrated here at Gopal gada from 13th April, Sunday and will last on 21st of this month.
Lakhs of devotees are coming here for darsham from special areas in and outside of odisha. Maa Hingula's temple is situated at Gopal Prasad on the river bank of Singada in Talcher Sub Division of Angul District. 

Every year on Bishun Dasamak Chaturdashi( chaitra Sukla Chaturdashi) this famous festival of Maa Hingula is observed and Goddess Hingula gives darshan to her devotees in a state of burning fire near her temple at Gopalprasad, one of the famous Shakti Pitha in the conutry. This festival celebrate in all People and wear in new saree

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Gita Jayanti is the birthday of Bhagvad Gita

Gita Jayanti is the birthday of Bhagvad Gita, the sacred text of the Hindus. It is celebrated on the Shukla Ekadasi, 11th day of the waxing moon of Margashirsha month of the Hindu calendar. It is believed the "Bhagavad Gita" was revealed to Arjuna by Sri Krishna Himself in the battlefield of Kurukshetra (in present day Haryana, India). 
The text is written in third person, narrated by Sanjaya to King Dhritarashtra as it transpired between Sri Krishna and Arjuna. Sanjaya, the secretary of the blind King Dhritarashtra, had been blessed by his Guru, Vyasadev, with the power to remotely view the events taking place on the battlefield as they transpired. Gita Jayanti is celebrate all people and wear in new dress

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Prathamastami festival celebrated in the month of Margasira

Prathamastami is celebrated on the eighth day in the month of Margasira (November-December) and is one of the most popular festivals of Odisha. This is widely observed throughout the State. On this occasion the eldest child of the family is honoured. He or she is given new clothes and is made to sit on a wooden pedestal (Pidha).

In front of him/her an earthen pot full of water (Purna Kumbha) is placed on handfuls of paddy. Above it a branch of mango leaves and a coconut is placed. Then, the mother or any other elderly lady wishes him /her long-life and good health by praying Sathi Debi, the Goddess who protects children from all kinds of evils.

Before the first-borns get honoured, the mother and all other elderly women of the family offer all the prepared cuisine (Pitha and Khiri) to Sathi Devi first. Then they light the lamp (Arati with Dwipa) before the Goddess. Followed by this the first-borns get honoured.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Chamayavilakku Festival Kottankulangara Chavara Kollam Kerala

The Kottankulangara Festival is an once a year Hindu festival in Kerala, India in which thousands of men dress as women. The festival takes place at the Kottankulangara Devi Temple at Chavara, Kerala which is consecrated to the goddess Bhagavathy. Every year this festival is celebrated on the 10th and 11th day of the Malayalam Meenam Maasam which falls on the 24th and 25th of the year.
On the festival day thousand of Devotees visit the Temple to look for the blessings of the Goddess Bhagavathy. The men dress up in the female clothes of their choice. Some wear Set saari, Pattu saari, half saari or even dance costumes.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

kartika purnima 2015 Mainley Celebrate for 5 days

The Full Moon Day or 15th Day of the Shukla Paksha  of the Kartika month is careful as Karitka Purnima. During this Month all the moral Hindus refrain themselves from eating fish, meat and egg. All of them take pre-dawn bath and visit temples as a matter of routine habit. The last five days are careful more blessed, in which there is wide sharing of devotees. Taken together the days are called 'Panchuka’ and the last day being the"Kartika Purnima". 

Every day they take food only once in the afternoon which is known as 'Habisha'. Panchuka Brata (The five days Celebration) For all the five days the women after their purification bath and wear new saree in the early morning draw beautiful flower-designs around the 'Chaura' with colour powder. Fasting for the day is commonly observed. Most of the Shiva temples get crowded with devotees offering prayer to Lord Shiva who is said to have killed the demon 'Tripurasura' on this day. 

Group singing of 'kirtans' and loud beating of 'Mrudanga' and cymbals continue for the whole day. Boita Bandana – As an Ancient Festival  that takes place in the “Kartika Purnima” morning is significant to the ancient history of Orissa. This reminds the maritime glory of the State. 
In olden days the 'Sadhabas' (Sea Traders) used to sail off to distant Islands like Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Ceylon etc. for trade by huge boats (Boita). The women of the community were giving them a hearty see off by saying ‘Aa ka Ma Boi’ which symbolizes three Oriya months i.e. Aswina, Kartika and Margashira. 

The days are now gone, but the memory is still alive. Now, people float tiny boats made out of cork and coloured paper or bark of the banyan tree remembering the past glory. This is called "Boita Bandana". The “Kartik Brata” is concluded on “Kartik Purnima” day. It is commonly observed that devotees take holy bath in Puri Sea Beach and worship Lord Jagannath on this holy day. This festival is celebrated with lot of respect by each and every individual of Orissa.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Today is celebrate Dhanteras Festival

The festival of Dhanteras falls in the month of Kartik (Oct-Nov) on the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight. This positive day is celebrated two days before the festival of lights, Diwali.
On Dhanteras, Lakshmi - the Goddess of capital - is worshiped to give success and well being. It is also the day for celebrating wealth, as the word 'Dhan' exactly means wealth and 'Tera' comes from the date 13th.

In the evening, the lamp is lit and Dhan-Lakshmi is welcomed into the house. Alpana or Rangoli designs are drawn on pathways including the goddess' footprints to mark the arrival of Lakshmi. Aartis or devotional hymns are sung eulogizing Goddess Lakshmi and sweets and fruits are offered to her.
Hindus also worship Lord Kuber as the treasurer of wealth and bestower of riches, along with Goddess Lakshmi on Dhanteras. This custom of worshiping Lakshmi and Kuber together is in prospect of doubling the benefits of such prayers.
People flock to the jewelers and buy gold or silver jewelry or utensils to venerate the occasion of Dhanteras.

Many wear new clothes and wear jewelry as they light the first lamp of Diwali while some engage in a game of gambling.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of Hindu

Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus, celebrated with great interest and happiness in India. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, where the third days is celebrated as the main Diwali festival or 'Festival of lights'.

Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always connected with this festival. On this auspicious day, people light up diyas and candles all around their house. They perform Laxmi Puja in the evening and seek divine blessings of Goddess of Wealth. The festival of Diwali is never complete without exchange of gifts. People send for diwali to their near and dear ones. 

Diwali is an important festival for Hindus. The name of festive days as well as the rituals of Diwali varies greatly among Hindus, based on the region of India. In many parts of India, the festivities start with Dhanteras(in Northern & Western part of India), followed by Naraka Chaturdasi on second day, Deepavali on the third day, Diwali Padva dedicated to wife–husband relationship on the fourth day, and festivities end with Bhau-beej dedicated to sister–brother bond on the fifth day. Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra.

  • 9 Nov 15 - Dhanteras
  • 10 Nov 15 - Choti Diwali
  • 11 Nov 15 -Diwali
  • 13 Nov 15 - Bhai Dooj

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Aavani Moolam Special Pooja. Pooja will be performed at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple for Sundareswarar (Shiva)

The Aavani Moolam festival celebrated in Madurai on the Moolam day in the month of Aavani (August-September) depicts the famous sports of Lord Shiva at Madurai. It is a pleasing festival with individual local colour and eating of pittu (Puttukku Mansumantha Leela Festival) is a part of the day's commitment for the devotees.

The Panchamoorthies would be full around in demo along streets. During this festival the ten miracles performed by the Lord of Madurai would be enacted by the Sivachariars.This Festival God and Goddess wear in blue color pata saree. 

Pooja will be performed at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple for Sundareswarar (Shiva).

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

2015 Govardhan Puja, Annakut Puja

Most of the time Govardhan Puja day falls next day after Diwali Puja and it is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna beaten God Indra. Sometimes there might be one day gap among Diwali and Govardhan Puja. 

In sacred texts, Govardhan Puja celebrations are suggested during Pratipada Tithi of Kartik month. Depending on starting time of Pratipada, Govardhan Puja day might fall one day before on Amavasya day on Hindu calendar. 

Gowardhan Puja is also famous as Annakut Puja. On this day food made of cereals like wheat, rice, curry made of gram flour and leafy vegetables is cooked and offered to Lord Krishna. This festival celebrate in all odia People and wear new dress.  

In Maharashtra the same day is celebrated as Bali Pratipada or Bali Padva. The day commemorates victory of Vamana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, over King Bali and subsequent pushing of Bali to Patal Lok (the underworld). It is believed that owing to boon given by Lord Vamana, Asura King Bali visits the Prithvi Lok from the Patala Lok on this day.

Most of the time Govardhan Puja day coincides with 
Gujarati New Year day, which is renowned on Shukla Paksha Pratipada of Kartik month. Depending on opening time of Pratipada Tithi, Govardhan Puja revelry could be done one day before Gujarati New Year day. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Kalashtami, or Maha kala Bhairavashtami Festival

Kalashtami, or Maha kalaBhairavashtami, is the most positive day dedicated to Lord Kala Bhairava. Lord kala Bhairava is a expression of Lord Shiva. Kala Bhairava is the God of Time – Kal means 'time' and 'Bhairava' the expression of Shiva. Ashtami after Poornima, the eighth day after full moon, is careful the ideal day to propitiate Kala Bhairava. In 2015, Kala Bhairavashtami is on Dec 03.
Lord Kala Bhairava is also known as Kshetrapalaka, the warden of the temple. In honor of this, keys to the temple are ceremonially submitted to Lord Kaala Bhairava at temple closing time and are received from him at opening time.

The vahana (vehicle) of Lord Kaala Bhairava is the dog. Feeding and taking care of dogs is another way of showing our devotion to Lord Kaala Bhairava.

There are eight types of Bhairavas and they are called ashta Bhairavas. They are Asithanga Bhairavar, Ruru Bhairavar, Chanda Bhairavar, Krodha Bhairavar, Unmatta Bhairavar, Kapala Bhairavar, Bhishana Bhairavar and Samhara Bhairavar. Apart from these eight forms there is yet another form called Swarna akarshana Bahiravar. Maha Bhairavar is said to be Shiva himself.

The Swarna akarshana Bhairavar has red nature and clothed in golden dress. He has moon in his head. He has four hands. In one of the hands he carries a golden boat. He gives wealth and wealth.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

2015 Govardhan Puja, Annakut Puja

Most of the time Govardhan Puja day falls next day after Diwali Puja and it is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna overcome God Indra. Sometimes there might be one day gap between Diwali and Govardhan Puja.

Govardhan Puja celebrations are proposed during Pratipada Tithi of Kartik month. Depending on starting time of Pratipada, Govardhan Puja day power falls one day before on Amavasya day on Hindu calendar.

Gowardhan Puja is also known as Annakut Puja. On this day food made of cereals like wheat, rice, curry made of gram flour and leafy vegetables is cooked and offered to Lord Krishna.This festival celebrate in all women's and Men's They wear traditional clothes

In Maharashtra the same day is celebrated as Bali Pratipada or Bali Padva. The day commemorates victory of Vamana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, over King Bali and subsequent pushing of Bali to Patal Lok (the underworld). It is believed that due to boon given by Lord Vamana, Asura King Bali visits the Prithvi Lok from the Patala Lok on this day.

Most of the time Govardhan Puja day coincides with Gujarati New Year day, which is celebrated on Shukla Paksha Pratipada of Kartik month. Depending on starting time of Pratipada Tithi, Govardhan Puja celebrations could be done one day before Gujarati New Year day.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Naga Chaturthi This festival celebrate in Women's

Naga Chaturthi Osha is a fasting practical by women in Orissa and is held on the 14th day of the bright fortnight of Kartik (September-October).

This fast is mainly observed by women to look after the family members from snake bite. Lord Pingala, the serpent god, is worshipped in the form of a snake image.

The image is made of gold, silver or of rice paste close to an ant-hill. The snake deity’s blessings are sought for the welfare of their families and children. Naga Chaturthi is one of the major festivals of Orissa. This festival celebrate in women’s and wear new saree.

According to the myth, a merchant's wife had betrayed the trust of her 'Sangata' and also the serpent Mother Goddess (Naga Mata). All her six sons died of snake bite. The seventh son was married to a princess, who had faithfully observed this fast and she had been blessed by the Naga Mata to be 'Aisulakshani' or the virtuous wife whose husband would not die before she died. Therefore though her husband was accursed and was bitten to death, he was restored to life along with six elder brothers.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Kaarthigai Deepam festival celebrate in Tamil nadu

Kaarthigai Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the Tamil month of Kaarthigai. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Kaarthigai month which coincides with Krithikai star. It is also think abouted as the addition of the Deepavali festival. In some houses, they double the number of lamps every day from the day of Deepavali and this way, they end up with a number of lamps on the day of Kaarthigai Deepam.

It is celebrated in a special manner in Thiruvannamalai. Lord Shiva asks Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to find out the exact location of his head and his feet. Since Lord Shiva takes a massive form, they are not able to find out anywhere. Then Lord Shiva takes the form of a jyothi (light of fire) on the hill of Thiruvannamali. Therefore, this festival is also known as Annamalai Deepam. Here, a special torch is lighted on the zenith of the hill and it is believed that Lord Shiva's jothi will be visible on this day.

Lord Muruga took the form of six children in a lake called "Saravana Poigai". On this day, all his six forms were joined by Parvathi(his mother) and this way, he had six faces. Special poojas are performed to Lord Muruga.

On this day, people clean the houses. In the evening, they draw kolams (rangoli) in the front of the house and also place some lamps on it. The lamps(Agal) are placed in the pooja and lighted.This festival celebrate all men's and women's and wear in new clothes  Then the Deeparathana is done in which the lamps are moved to different places in the house. The lamps glow all over the streets on this day. The lamps are arranged near the doors and windows and also in the balconies. In this way, people of Tamil Nadu celebrate Kaarthigai Deepam for three days.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mewar famous festival in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Mewar festival is celebrated every year with lots of joy and happiness by the people of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India to welcome the coming of the spring season (king of the seasons). It is the 2nd World Living Heritage Festival of the India which is celebrated annually in the Udaipur. 

It is a three days long and full of fun filled actions from 2nd of April to the 4th of April. It is celebrated in the heritage city of India called Udaipur to lead an ancient culture and traditions of the India as well as to protect all the ancient living heritages of the Mewar, Rajasthan.

Mewar festival is celebrated every year by organizing lots of fun filled activities showing tradition, culture and arts renewal of the Mewar region. A colorful event of the rang is organized every year to celebrate the living traditions of the Mewar. People get indulge in this event and enjoy this fun-filled occasion to get take partd in the festival as well as learn local arts directly from the professional artists. This festival celebrate in all women’s and wear  white with red color saree.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Upcoming Bohag Bihu is on 14 April 2016 (Thursday)

Bohag Bihu is a non-religious harvesting festival celebrated in the beautiful state of Assam. This is one the most appointed festivals for the Assamese people. Assam being an agriculture based state celebrates three Bihu’s in a year namely the Rongali Bihu in April which marks the opening of the sowing season, Kati bihu in October/November which marks the completion of sowing and the Magh Bihu in January which marks the advent of the harvest season.

Rongali means happiness and celebration. Rong means colours and signifies happiness and limitless celebrations thus it is a festival of cheerfulness. The first day of the festival is the Goru Bihu which according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar falls on the last day of the year. On this day the cows are given bath and bedecked with garlands.

Cows are worshipped on this day and the old ropes tied to them are replaced with new on this day and they are let loose on this day. Next is Manuh bihu. This day is the first day of the New Year and it is for humans. On this day people take bath early in the morning and seek blessings from their elders. Gamosa- a very traditional Assamese cotton towel and bihuan are gifted to the elders on this day. People wear new and traditional clothes and celebrate the New year..

Monday, October 19, 2015

Navratri begins

The Indian festival of Navratri has been follow-on from two words—"Nav" + "Ratri", which means "nine nights" in English. This festival is prevalent throughout India, but it is more prominent in the state of Gujarat and Bengal.

Hindus celebrate this festival to express their affection to the goddess of power, Durga. The worship of the goddess Durga continues for nine days. Each day, a different form of the goddess is worshiped. Bengal ladies worship this festival and wear traditional yellow color saree.

Following the nine days of rituals and worship, the 10th day is famous as Dussehra, which is also known as Vijay- Dashmi. It is celebrated to mark the success of mythical King Lord Rama over the King of Sri Lanka, Ravana. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Skanda Sashti, Kanda Sashti Vratam 2015

Skanda is a popular Hindu deity especially among Tamil Hindus. Lord Skanda is son of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati and younger brother of Lord Ganesha. God Skanda is also known as Murugan, Kartikeyan andSubramanya.

Skanda Sashti, the sixth day in the light half of the month of Aippasi, is celebrated in Saivite temples all over Tamilnadu, and with an extra quantify of majesty in temples dedicated to Subramanya. This festival celebrates in all men and women’s wear in newclothes. Skanda Sashti commemorates the demolition of wickedness by the Supreme General Kartikeya, son of Shiva, and is celebrated with the dramatic enactment of Soora Samhaaram. Bring up must be made of the grand celebrations at Tirupparankunram, Tiruchendur and the remaining 'Aaru Padai Veedu' temples of Murugan.

Sashti Tithi is dedicated to Lord Skanda. Devotees keep fast during Shukla Paksha Sashti day. For Skanda Sashti Vratam the day when Sashti Tithi is combined with Panchami Tithi is preferred. Hence Skanda Sashti Vratam might be observed on Panchami Tithi.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Anant Chaturdashi(Ganesh Chaturdashi)

Anant Chaturdashi is a festival experimental and famous by Jain and Hindus. Some people speciously refer to it as Anant Chaturthi. One may note that Chaturthi is the fourth day of the lunar fortnight, while Chaturdashi is the fourteenth. In the normal course, Anant Chaturdashi falls 10 days after Ganesh Chaturthi.

This is an important day in the Jain calendar of festivities. Jains observe Paryushana in the last 10 days of the bhado month, Anant Chaturdashi, also known as Anant Chaudas is the last day of Paryushana. This festival celebrate in all women's and men's  wear in new clothes.  Kshamavani, the day the Jains ask for forgiveness for any mistakes they have made intentionally or otherwise, is observed one day after Anant Chaturdashi.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Parasurama Jayanthi

In PARASURAMA Avatar, Lord Vishnu incarnates himself as a brahmana(priest) in this world. He was brought in this world to punish all kshatriyas who had become superior and were restraining the brahmans in the world. He was born to Jamadagni and Renuka, and belonged to the Brighu clan. 

Parashurama was always carrying an knife nearbyed to him by Lord Shiva of whom he was an ardent devotee. Kartavirya a powerful king, once went to Jamadagni's home when he was out, and after a meal, stole the Kamadhenu cow, which was believed to give endless quantity of milk. 

Jamadgni was enraged and he went and killed the king and brought Kamadhenu back. On hearing this the son of the king came back and killed Jamdagni.This festival celebrite on all men's and women's,  wear in new clothes.

Parasurama was enraged at this and went and avenged the death of his father by killing all kshatriyas in 21 battles. His story is story of the supremacy of brahmans over the kshatriyas. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Kamada Ekadashi Poojan

Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ekadashi is famous as Kamada Ekadashi. It is next Ekadashi after Chaitra Navrati and Rama Navami. At this time it falls in month of March or April in English calendar. 

One can get rid of all type of sins by observing Kamada Ekadashi fasting. In Hinduism killing a Brahman or Brahmin is the most deadly sin one can commit. It is believed that even sin of Brahmin killing is purged by observing Kamada Ekadashi fast.

Parana means breaking the fast. Ekadashi Parana is done after sunrise on next day of Ekadashi fast. It is needed to do Parana within Dwadashi Tithi unless Dwadashi is over before sunrise. Not doing Parana within Dwadashi is similar to an offence. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti

Shivaji Bhonsle (1630-1680 C.E.) was a great fighter King of Marathas who traditional the Maratha kingdom. He was born in 1630 to Shahaji Bhonsle and Jijabai near the city of Junnar in Pune district, Maharashtra. Shivaji Bhonsle is popularly known as Chhatrapati Shivaji. 

Scholars have two different opinions on the correct date of his birth. The one group proposition February 19, 1630 and the other proposes April 6, 1627 as the birth date of Chhatrapati Shivaji. 

The date of February 19, 1630 has been accepted as the birth anniversary of Shivaji Jayanti by the government of Maharashtra. However, very few people realize that this date is marked on Julian calendar and not on the Gregorian calendar currently used throughout the world.