Posts Tagged ‘Festival’

HOLY HOLI !!!

Posted: March 3, 2007 in Festival
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I love the whole concept of the festival itself. But if there’s one thing I don’t quite like about Holi, it’s the hard-to-remove colours! It annoys me no end that one has to walk around with red heads, blue hair and yellow nails, looking like something out of a horror movie, even a week after Holi !!! Well, here’s some good news for those of you who feel the same way. Say goodbye to the artificial colours and go natural !!!

Holi is India’s festival of colors. It is a Hindu festival but is widely celebrated all across India by people of all faiths. The festival marks the beginning of spring time and usually takes place at the end of March or early April, on the full moon of Purnima, according to the Hindu calendar. On the first day of Holi, bonfires are lit at night. On the second day of Holi, revelers spend the day throwing colored powders, buckets of colored water, and water balloons at each other. This ritual is where Holi gets its name “the festival of colors”. And the riot of colors is the inspiration for this design.

Well, I personally don’t play any holi now, but used to play when I was in school. As of now I’m glad that I got a break from my college !!!

Its like a very HOLY HOLI for me today…lol !!!

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“We must become the change we want to see in the world.”
                                                            -Mahatma Gandhi
                                            October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948

{Can any one of us could spend a lifetime mastering the discipline of living just one of Gandhi’s sentences ???}

Today is the 137th anniversary of the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
This day should remind us of the path of truth and non-violence shown by this great man. I have resolved to constantly strive to incorporate his teachings in everyday life.

DURGA MATA KI….JAI !!!

Posted: October 2, 2006 in Festival
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Dussehra (also called Durga Puja) is marked by the worship of Goddess Durga. The common theme in all the celebrations is the triumph of good over evil.
Today, the whole sequence of good vs. evil is played out culminating in burning the effigy of Ravana.

Durga Puja celebrations begins with the traditional beating of drums, chanting of hymns and a surge of humanity flocking to thousands of eye-catching marquees to savour and pray before the bedecked images that showcase the best of craftsmanship. Bijoya Dasami, called Dussehra in other parts of India, is also known as “Dasa-Hara”, which means the cutting of the 10 heads of Ravana, now observed with the burning of giant effigies of the demon king.

On the day of Dussehra, Ram killed the great demon who had abducted the Hindu lord’s wife Sita to his kingdom of Lanka. Dussehra marks the end of the nine days of Navaratri.


HAPPY TEACHERz DAY !!!

Posted: September 4, 2006 in Festival
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Gurur brahma gurur vishnuh gurur devo maheshvarah
Gurur saakshaat parabrahma tasmai shree gurave namah

Know the Guru to be Brahma himself. He is Vishnu. He is also Shiva. Know Him to be the Supreme Brahman, and offer thy adorations unto that peerless Guru.

A teacher is an architect for a child’s future. Teacher’s day is celebrated on the occasion of the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (September 5, 1888 – April 17, 1975) best known as the man who introduced the thinking of western idealist philosophers into Indian thought. He was an Oxford don who became the first Vice President and the second President of India. Saluting this great man means not only remembering him but paying respects to our teachers.

When he became the President of India in 1962, some of his students and friends requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday on 5th September 5th. He replied, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teacher’s Day.” Since then, Teacher’s Day is celebrated in India on September 5th. Radhakrishnan’s life is a great message to mankind, particularly to the teachers and the students. In fact, one is a learner always.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, President to give away ‘National Award to Teachers-2005’. National Award to Teachers was instituted in 1958, which is celebrated in our country as the Teacher’s Day in honour of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, former President of India and a great teacher.

GANAPATHI PAPA MORYA !!!

Posted: August 27, 2006 in Festival
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Today is the start of Ganpati – a 9 day long festivity dedicated to the incredibly adorable elephant God.

Get ready for 10 days of Ganpati! Some of you might get sick of seeing these, but this is one of my favorite hindu festival…

The story goes that Shiva, the great god, had challenged Ganesh and his brother Kartik to go around the universe three times. While Kartik took off in great haste on his peacock to complete the task, Ganesh walked his portly figure around his parents, Shiva and Parvati, and declared that he had accomplished the task as his parents were the totality of the universe. Shiva was quite pleased at Ganesh’s strategy and granted that Ganesh will be invoked before the invocation of any other gods when anyone embarks on any task.

I’ve always had trouble keeping track of Hindu gods, some of which are the same force reincarnated, like Shiva, Brama, Vishnu, Kalki. But Ganesha seems like an all around good guy and positive force, who got an elephant’s head when his father, Shiva, chopped off his original one. At least dad was considerate enough to put something else onhis bleeding son’s neck. Well, Ganesha isn’t really his son, you see Shiva’s wife, Parvati, formed Ganesha out of sandlewood paste and breathed life into him…

Well, the story goes on and on … cause I’m talking about the hindu mythology…

Anyways… HAPPY GANESH CHATURTHI to u all folks !!!

Happy Independence Day, India!

Happy Independence Day 2006 for August 15th this year, India!

Here are 5 reasons (there are infinite many, but these are some) why I will always admire India, and these are not ranked in any order:

1. India is a miracle.

Yes, India is a miracle. It really is not a country put together by a small number of people. India is just happening by itself. It is simply the world’s largest democracy.

2. India is the greatest tourist destination.

Imagine these places – Savoy Man Singh Palace, Taj Mahal, Mysore Palace, Shimla, Mussoorie, Ootacamund, Red Fort, Ajanta and Ellora caves, the Himalayas, proximity to Nepal, surrounded by oceans on 3 sides, all kinds of terrains.

3. Indian Railways is a marvel.

Indian railways is the supreme example of India’s abilities in management and organization. Don’t get me wrong, IIFT and the IIM’s are still good, but to build and maintain the world’s largest railway network cannot be easy.

4. India is non-violent by design.

Well, India never attacked any other country, not even when they attacked India. More from a domestic perspective, it is simply not legal and not affordable for individuals to buy and own guns in India, which I think helps.

5. India is the fastest growing developed country in the world.

I mean it. India is a developed country! It all happened in just the last 2 decades, and all within just less than 60 years of freedom. India is the most affordable place, at the same time with all capabilities of a developed country, satellites, nuclear power, naval command, advanced computers etc.

And here is an Independence Day wish for India! Hope we get a UN Security Council seat or something big like that!

RAKSHA BANDHAN !!!!

Posted: August 12, 2006 in Festival
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Rakhi Day is Righteous Day

by
A.P.J.Abdul Kalam (President of India )

This full moon day our hearts are in brim
Feeling of faith and serenity in mind.
We light the lamps and our hearts glow
Radiance of happiness and peace are in flow.
Harmonious homes are like streams of joy
Flowing and flourishing the landscape en route.
Nobility in heart and character in deed
Righteous homes alone make a beautiful State.
Sisters will tie the thread on the brothers
Abiding them to do only what is right and clean.
Put the Kumkum and blessed rice on the head
Where will dwell right thoughts and noble action.

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To all brothers and sisters : wish you all a very joyous “Raksha Bandhan” and
God bless you all.

This festival celebrates and reaffirms the special relationship between sisters and brothers. On this occasion, sisters tie a thread/decorated band around their brother’s wrists.

There are many legends behind this festival. I don’t know them all as I am not well versed in Hindu mythology.

However, I know that when sisters tie it on brother’s wrists, it signifies their eternal love,and a promise that a brother makes to his sister to protect, and care for her forever.

I know of historical instances where a queen of one kingdom tied rakhi to kings of opposing neighbouring kingdoms such that they wouldn’t attack the ones belonging to her husband.

You are right, its the intention behind all this. Its crazy how brothers and sisters,who are at loggerheads with each other at other time, become so emotional around this time