Category Archive for: ‘Festival of India’

Eight Diwali Traditions, Apart from Sweets Everyone Should Know

Eight Diwali Traditions, Apart from Sweets Everyone Should Know

Eight Diwali Traditions, Apart from Sweets Everyone Should Know Diwali, a religious festival celebrated by many faiths, including Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and others around the world, is also known by many as the Festival of Lights. This year, Diwali falls on October 19 as the festival is celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartika which usually occurs during October or …

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Celebrating Diwali in a Meaningful Way

Celebrating Diwali in a Meaningful Way By Aditi Wardhan Singh As the Indian festive season begins with Rakhi, we begin mentally preparing for and rejoicing all the series of festivals leading up to Diwali. The Festival of Lights, that brightens up our lives with love and hope. Festivals, though, are not only a time to splurge, eat and enjoy. They …

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Holi/Phagwa Celebration by Indranie Deyal

Holi/Phagwa Celebration by Indranie Deyal Packets of vivid powders would lie on the formica kitchen table like scattered pieces pulled from a pretty patchwork quilt. Bags of iridescent green crystals glittered in the morning sunlight and bottles of scented white talcum emerged from my mother’s sturdy vine-woven market basket in preparation for the annual Hindu festival of Phagwah or Holi. …

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Holi/Phagwa in Trinidad and Guyana

Holi / Phagwa in Trinidad and Guyana Holi is the festival of colors and while the holiday is mostly celebrated in India, many now celebrate worldwide. Also known as Phagwa, the event is celebrated in the Phalgun month, which usually falls in March or April as per the British calendar. The festival originated in Trinidad in the year 1845 when …

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Indian Television Academy 2012 Awards

On November 4, the Indian Television Academy (ITA) celebrated the 12th year of its crowning endeavor, the ITA Awards, which have today become the most coveted stamp of excellence on the canvas of television. At Andheri Sports Complex in suburban Mumbai, this biggest night of the small screen was held with rare razzle-dazzle. The venue was awash with a who’s …

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Divali Festival in Trinidad and Tobago

Divali Festival in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago, land of Carnival, steelband, tassa,calypso and chutney, is the same country that gives the world its unique brand of Divali. Indeed, the Hindu Festival of Lights has become Trinidad’s second largest national open-air festival after Carnival. Divali is a welcomed alternative to the rambunctious indulgence in meat, alcohol, party and “wine,” and is arguably the largest vegetarian …

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U.S. Postal Service Commemorated Festival of Diwali with a Forever Stamp Today

NEW YORK CITY —The U.S. Postal Service commemorated the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali by dedicating the Diwali Forever stamp today. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place at the Consulate General of India in New York City. The public is asked to share the news using the hashtag #DiwaliStamp. “The Postal Service is honored to issue this Forever stamp that …

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Keep the Festive Spirit Alive in the US

Keep the Festive Spirit Alive in the US

Celebrating festivals is not always easy when you’re away from your home country, but there are ways to keep the festive spirit alive! By Taniya Talukdar India is perhaps one of the few countries in the world that has a festival season that is kickstarted by Ganesh Chaturthi in the month of September. But, it is the month of October …

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U.S. Postal Service Honors Festival of Diwali with a Forever Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali with a Forever stamp. The Wednesday, Oct 5, first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place at the Consulate General of India, New York. The stamp design is a photograph featuring a traditional diya oil lamp beautifully lit, sitting on a sparkling gold background. Diya lamps are usually made from …

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Celebrating India Independence Day in the US

Celebrating India Independence Day in the US

They might be away from their native country, but that doesn’t stop Indians and Indian Americans from celebrating Indian Independence Day. By Taniya Talukdar Being away from your native land, it isn’t easy for anyone to hold on to their culture and celebrate different festivals and important days. There are various challenges other than just being away from their country …

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