Yearly Archives: 2015

Celebration of Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Welcome to the New Year as fist date of new calendar year starting with 1st January. The festival is celebrated with lots of fun and love around the world. Most of the countries observe 1st January as national holiday in respective festival. On the New Year Eve, people are more in the festive culture with party, music, foods and exchange of sweets.

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Merry Christmas – Jesus Christ Birthday Celebration with Santa Claus

Merry Christmas - Happy New Year

Christmas festival is celebration to honor the birthday of Jesus Christ. The date of December 25 is officially observed as Christmas Day around the globe. This festival is celebrated by most of Christian and non-Christian people with lots of fun and culture. It is official holiday in most of the nations in the world. It is a worldwide festival with love, family and brotherhood, and friendship in the society. On this occasion people exchange gifts with their relatives and spent time with family. Popular customs of decoration are Christmas trees, Church and Santa Claus. Kids celebrate their favorite Santa Claus, who gives them chocolates and gifts.

Birth of Jesus Christ

According to Bible, birth of God Jesus was (between 7 -2 BC) to mother Mary in Bethlehem city. Christmas celebration of customs related to have Christian religion and non-Christian people. Christmas music, caroling, Christmas cards, Church services, Christmas trees, lights are decoration part the festival for house and city area. The most famous Santa Claus and Father Christmas are very interesting who gives chocolates and gifts to children. Christmas lighting decorations are to welcome of Jesus to earth with symbol of love and peace. The tradition of Christ related to St. Nicholas and gifts given to the baby God Jesus by the Magi on the Christmas day.

Christmas in India and World

Christmas is a national holiday in India and official festival. Christian communities celebrating in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Chennai. The most Christian majority states are Kerala, Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram celebrates festival with peace and harmony in India. The Christians in Indian Catholics offer prayers for midnight mass celebration. Family members with new clothing go to visit to Churches in their respective town which decorated with colorful candles and flowers on the Christmas Eve.

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Happy Deepawali Festival of Lights Celebration in India

Happy Diwali - Deepawali Festival of Lights

Deepawali is the festival of light celebrated by the Hindu community people in India and around the world. This is also India’s the biggest national festival accross the country. Diwali means light up clay lamps or ‘Diyas’ which celebrated by Hindu, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddha community in the world. Deepawali stand for “row of lamps or Diyas”. This year Diwali will held on 11 November 2015 (Wednesday) on the month Kartika according to Hindu Lunar calender. This lighting festival is celebrated with great flavours of by almost every cities, towns, villages in India. Goddess Laxmi Puja is performed before two days in the evening of Deepawali for the blessings of wealth Goddess. Designing lights, decoration of candles and sweets or gifts exchange with the friends and relatives are tradition.

The occasion of Diwali is symbolizing the victory of goodness over evils and lightness over the darkness. Epic Ramayan tells, the festival commemorates the come back of Lord Ram’s to his kingdom Ayodhya by completing his 14 year exile. People of Ayodhya celebrated welcome their king Lord Ram with great joyful of lighting Diyas at home. Maa Lakshmi who wife of Lord Vishnu is worshiped for wealth and prosperity. Maa Kali Puja is celebrated in West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand and other cities of India on the Diwali day. Another story says Lord Sri Krishna conquered the Asura Naraka and believed that helped to free the prisoners which observed as victory of God over the evil in South Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Kerala.

The Punjabi or Sikhs in India celebrate this day as freedom of Guru Hargobind from the jail. People of Jainism celebrates festival of lights as the day of honour Lord Mahavira’s attainment of Nirvana. The Buddhists in India believes this festival as annual day of King Ashoka’s conversion to Buddhism. Deepawali festival is celebrated by the Indian diaspora in Nepal, Myanmar, Mauritius, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Fiji in the US, UK, Canada, Australia where it is marked as national holiday by their respective Govt.

Biggest shopping markets at time of Diwali, where people buy new clothing, dress, gold jewellery, gifts, appliances and kitchen utensils. Exchange of sweets among friends and relatives and Kids play with bursting of fire crackers. Young girls make Rangoli designs in their schools, colleges and working offices. On Diwali evening the houses are designed with electric lights and decorated with Diyas for Maa Laxmi Goddess of wealth. People start new shop, business and renovations on the auspicious day.

Deepawali festival rituals begin two days and all those days have significance with following traditions as given below.

First Day – Dhanteras

Dhanteras is begging day of festival where the women decorate colourful Rangoli floor of house. This day observed as Maa Lakshmi’s birthday. Dhanvantari the Goddess of wealth and property. Diyas or Lamps are decorated all the night to welcome of Goddess Lakshmi. This biggest shopping day for gold, silver jewellery and products.

Second Day – Naraka Chaturdasi (Choti Diwali)

Naraka Chaturdasi is known as Choti Diwali. Preparation on full swing of Deepawali by colourful rangoli and house decoration. Women and girls designed hands with Mehendi or Henna colours. Also home-made sweets and cakes are prepared in home for Diwali festival day.

Third Day – Lakshmi Puja

Lakshmi Puja is the main Deepawali festive day, where all family members with new clothing. On Diwali night people open doors of house to welcome Maa Lakshmi with Diya lights filled with oil placed in rows. After Puja the exchange of gifts and sweets with relatives and friends. Kids go outside to lighting up Patakhe or fireworks with their friends.

Fourth Day – Padwa

Next of Deepawali is observed as Padwa. Traditionally this day is celebration of mutual love and devotion of married wife and husband with thoughtful gifts. Newly married daughters and husbands are invited for special dinners. Goverdhan Puja is performed by devotees to honour of Lord Krishna. Diwali is marked as new year, where business start with a new financial year with Goddess Lakshmi’s blessings.

Fifth Day – Bhai Duj (Bhaiya Dooji)

Two days after Diwali, the Bhai Duj (Brother’s second) is celebrated as loving relationship sister and brother which similar to Raksha Bandhan. Sisters perform Puja Arati with prayers for good luck of their brothers. In return the brother or Bhai gives gift to his sister.

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Vijayadashami – Celebration of Dussehra and Durga Puja Festival

Navratri Vijayadashami Dussehra Durga Puja Festival

This festival of Navratri (Nine Nights) is celebrated for Goddess Durga across the country. This is the festival of nine days and nine different forms of Maa Durga are worshipped during all nine days. The tenth day of Durga pooja is known as Vijayadashami or Dussehra. This nine days long festival has started from 13th October and will conclude on 22nd October 2015.  In these nine days devotees offer prayers in traditional ways and worship Maa Durga for prosperity and happiness in their life. Diwali always comes 20 days after Dussehra festival. Vijayadashami is one of the important festivals of Hindus and celebrated across the country. It symbolizes the victory of goodness over evil. This special festival is also celebrated in the neighboring countries like Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

On Dussehra, the victory of Maa Durga celebrated by killing Mahishasur the demons king. Also on the same day, Lord Ram defeated the demon king Ravana as described in the epic Ramayan. This nine days long festival has different colors and celebrated differently in different states. Durga Puja pendals are decorated with idols of Durga in almost all cities. People buy wear new clothes and exchange sweets with relatives. In Gujarat, people celebrate this festival differently. They organize special Garba dance, the celebration of Navrati where both boys and girls perform dance on different devotional and folk songs of Gujarat. Garbha is very popular in Gujarat and even other states of India and Indian communities living around the world. During those nine days of Navratri devotees eat one time food during night after giving prayers to Goddess Durga. Navrati foods are available in various hotels, restaurants throughout the 9 days of celebration, even it is very popular among youth. These days are considered purest and people avoid eating non-vegetarian food, onion and garlic.

In these 9 days, people worship Lord Rama and organize the Ramleela drama, the story of the Ramayan. On the Dussehra night, the fairs and large parades with effigies of demon king Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanad are burnt to mark the victory of Lord Ram. Special functions are organized to enjoy the festivities. People organize different pooja session and garbha nights to enjoy this nine days long festival and make it special for all. This special festival is not limited to one region, state or city, but you can witness the festival mood and spirit across the country. No state is untouched with the special flavor of this important festival be it Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Delhi with Navratri colours. In the eastern states like West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Manipur the festival is mostly celebrated as Durga Puja or Dusshera.

Vijayadashami is also widely celebrated in the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. This is also referred as the auspicious day to begin new business, buying new house, new vehicle and starting something new with the blessings of Goddess Durga.

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Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti – International Day of Non-Violence

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti - 2nd October - International Day of Non-Violence

Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on the 2nd October year on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi). The great freedom fighter of India is regarded as the ‘Father of the Nation’. Mahatma Gandhi is popularly known as ‘GandhiJi’ and ‘BapuJi’ in India and the world. He was born on 2 Oct 1869 to his Hindu parents named Karamchand Gandhi and Putlibai in Porbandar, Gujarat. This day is observed as national holiday across all the states and territories of Republic of India. It is also one of 3 official national holidays of India which are 26 January (Republic Day) and 15 August (Independence Day) declared as public holidays.

On this national day, all the Govt. offices, banking, and postal services (excluding the emerging services) are normally closed to remember the great the son of Mother India. Private companies mark as holiday with opening of emergency services like medical, health care, and transport service for urgent needs of the public. However, most of the school, college, university and education institutes organise essay completion, quiz, public debate related on life and history of Mahatma Gandhi. There are cultural functions from the Govt. and private organizations, TV Channels and media circles to celebrate the learning and quotes by Gandhiji.

International Day of Non-Violence by the United Nations

On 15 June 2007, the United Nations General Assembly announced by adopted a resolution which declared that 2 October will be observed as the International Day of Non-Violence in the world. On this day, there are so many public debates arranged by the United Nations offices in various cities of the world.

In India, Gandhi Jayanti official celebration starts with a prayer services at Raj Ghat, Gandhi’s memorial (his cremated place) in New Delhi. National slogans like ‘Vande Mataram, Jai Hind and Satyamev Jayate’ are given with prayer meetings, commemorative ceremonies in different cities by local government institutions and educational institutions and political parties. Favourite painting competitions are conducted among the children with prizes given for projects in schools for peace, non-violence. A Hindu devotional song “Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram” is usually sung in his memory which Gandhi’s favourite Bhajan of spiritual.

People lighting candles and offering flowers on Gandhi’s statue or photo in all parts of India. Remembering his patriotic and philosophy which inspires all the Indian freedom for Independence of India from the British. Awards are given to important personalities for glorifying non-violence and peace of Gandhi’s ideology. There are 3 most important places of Mahatma Gandhi. Please travel the following historical places which explore you more about the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

Sabarmati Asharm – The place of the Gandhi’s most of the life living.
Martyr’s Column at Gandhi Smriti in Delhi – Here Gandhi was shot down.
Raj Ghat on banks of river Yamuna in Delhi – The place of his cremation.

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