Heralding The New Year With Gudi Padwa

It is that time of the year again when spring manifests itself in the myriad colorful blooms all around...trees wear a fresh look with the newly sprouted leaves glinting like little emerald jewels in the glaring sun, crops are ready to be harvested and festivities are just around the corner. Indian calendar is dotted with numerous…

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Shiva’s Manifestations

Mahashivratri, "the great night of Shiva", is one of those festivals that I looked forward to as a kid ...it allowed us to forgo the healthy veggies and pulses in meals for much tastier sweetmeats and special dishes...praying and fasting like adults never ever featured in the year long wait for the auspicious day. Celebrated on…

Festivals of Goa

There is more to Goa, the most favored destination for fun-loving travelers, than just sea and surf or sun and sand or overflowing spirits for that matter. Mere mention of Goa conjures up the images of colorful gaiety, exuberance, festooned decorations, merry revelers, foot-tapping music and joyous vivacious dances and for me....most definitely the caricature art depicting local…

Lord Ganesha’s visarjan (departure)

For ten days since Ganesh Chaturthi which is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada (August-September), starting on the fourth day of the waxing moon period, the atmosphere reverberates with songs and prayers in praise of Lord Ganesh. This is particularly a major festival for the state of Maharashtra. Lord Ganesha idols are installed in homes and…

Happy New Year…

ऊपर वाले ने क्या रंगोली है सजाई हर क्यारी और गलियारे में फूलों की चादर बिछाई वृक्ष भी इतराए और अपनी नयी हरियाली सबको दिखाई खेतों ने तान के सीना नयी फसल उगाई चहक चहक कर चिड़ियों ने दी नव वर्ष की बधाई वसंत ऋतू आई, वसंत ऋतू आई...   India celebrates many festivals through…

A colourful festival

I feel like I am back in school writing essays but if I choose to write about the country then I can not miss its festivals . And India is a barrel full of festivals with its 28 states, 7 union territories and 18 major languages(1600 dialects), each having their own name and way of…