Fairs & Festivals

Fairs & Festivals

MP Gramoday Mela Showcases Folk Culture of India: Lokrang Fair at the Historic City of Burhanpur

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Spread the love           Though it is a religious event, owing to the efforts of the minister for WCD, Archana Chitnis, a local village fair was organised 10 years ago. In that fair, food stalls and swings were installed for the entertainment of local villagers. However, in the last 10 years, the situation has changed tremendously. Now, […]


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Festival Lights in Singapore, Blotting History, Stoned to Study, Lost and Found

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Spread the love            Shail talks of four news, in the last week, in her regular column. Diwali-themed trains, a station and five buses in Singapore to run until October 31. Taj Mahal is being communalised by a BJP MLA, supports UP government to remove it from the booklet on tourism. Northern Michigan University is offering […]


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Buro Shibtola: Oracles and Miracles Prove the Prowess of Shiva till date!

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Spread the love           Tales of oracles and miracles have survived for about two hundred years surrounding a Shiva temple, known as Buro Shib, beside the Ganga, near the port of Budge Budge, on the outskirts of Kolkata. On the last day of the Bengali year (usually the 14/15 April) the branch floats up. This branch is […]


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Jamshedi Navroz: Celebrated along the Silk Route, it Dates Back to Sixth Century BC

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Spread the love            Jamshedi Navroz is recognised as a public holiday in many countries along the Silk Route – Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iraq (by the Kurdish people), Kazakstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Bayan Olgii region of Mongolia, Kajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. It is estimated that nearly 190 million people celebrate Nowruz around the world. It has […]


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If it is Holi it has to be Gujiya!

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Spread the love            In the US, all celebrations are on the weekend, Holi is being celebrated on Saturday-Sunday (March 18-19). Sonali shares the recipe of baked Gujiyas, the traditional sweet pastry that is served during Holi. Though it is normally deep fried, baking it makes it oil free and healthy, cutting down the calories and […]


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Indian Culture and Values: Are NRIs more Indians at Heart than Resident Indians?

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Spread the love           The Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), away from their homeland, recreate a small India wherever they are. They are far better knit, have a greater bond and are alive to the Indian culture and its value, feels Asmani. She points out that resident Indians have far less respect for festivals and they often take it as just another holiday. […]


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Festivals of Lights from Around the World

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Spread the love            Most cultures and peoples celebrate the festivals of lights. Anumita reveals many traditions, which are basically same. ‘Tamso ma jotirgamaya’ of the Hindus find echo in the Biblical ‘Lead symbolises ignorance (Avidya, death and despair). Fire and water are of great significance to the major religions of the world. Anumita takes a global view at the […]


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Diwali Market: A Fusion Song of Myriad Hues

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Spread the love            Come Diwali and the market place is decked up like a bride. The exuberance of shiny streamers of all shapes and sizes, soaked in bright colours were resting on roadside stands, eagerly awaiting the arrival of their potential buyers. A few customers merely touched, opened those itsy-bitsy creations, changed sides, checked their fall and […]


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Diwali: The Brightest Night from the Sky!

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Spread the love            Rajul recounts the story of Lord Rama’s homecoming on the New Moon night of Diwali. The joy and festivities among the people of Ayodhya is revisited. Thousands and thousands of diyas were lit to help the Pushpak Viman land safely behind the king’s palace. According to festival of Diwali has been celebrated to mark this […]


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Innate Indigo: Awakening the Kali Within

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Spread the love            At the midnight of Diwali, Kali Puja is performed by Bengalis. Tara, a garland seller at the Karunamayi Kali Temple, watches the temple committee arrange for the festival. Little by little, they have been arranging for Diwali since a long time. She has been in the hub of Kolkata since childhood. She has seen the […]


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