Festival of India

Independence of India

Independence of India

                  “WE THE PEOPLE OF INDIA” – this is how the preamble of our Indian constitution begins. Yes, we are the people of India who feel proud as being Indians. And August 15 is a day when we proudly admire ourselves as Indian citizens as on this very day in 1947 we …

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Diwali Going Beyond Traditional Identities for a New Religio-Spiritual Perspective

Diwali Going Beyond Traditional Identities for a New Religio-Spiritual Perspective By: Priyanka Ramlakhan, MPA

Author by Priyanka Ramlakhan For a Hindu celebrating Diwali in the West, images of diyas, rangoli, and mithai are conjured accompanied by the sweet melody of bhajans. For most Indians belonging to the diaspora, Diwali is not only an observance marked by merriment, but also a powerful means of identity formation, critical to preserving cultural heritage. Indians who have immigrated …

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Independence Day Set Yourself Free

Independence Day Set Yourself Free

Come August 15, the Indian tricolors will fly high. Grand parades will be arranged, all that is worth showcasing will be strutted about, and there will be many moments of instant gratification. After all, Independence Day is a monumental occasion, and the occasion deserves its due. Alongside the celebrations also comes the silent scorn and shadows of doubt and uncertainty. …

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Letting Diwali Shine Through

Letting Diwali Shine Through

The festival of Diwali tends to be celebrated in superficial ways today. While there is no harm in indulging in the superficial, it is also important to remember that with every passing Diwali, another year has passed us by. Diwali is among the most awaited, celebrated festivals by Hindus not just in India, but all around the world. After a …

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Heralding India’s Independence Day at Home and Abroad

Heralding India’s Independence Day at Home and Abroad

America is a superpower, and there can be no refuting that fact. However, its glory cannot be ascribed entirely to its own efforts. After all, America has grown to embrace an identity that, in fact, contains elements from various nations. From a time in 1965 when Asian Americans constituted less than a meager one percent of the population, to the …

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Color Yourself Holi!

Color Yourself Holi!

Bright colors, tasty treats, watergun fights, music, dancing and of course the lighting of the sacred fire. This is how we know the festival of Holi has come. For Hindus everywhere the coming of spring brings us the possibility of rebirth, new opportunities and an opportunity to engage in childlike fun. On Saturday, March 10th, 2012 Broward Chapter of World …

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The Evolution Of Diwali And Its Relevance To The World

The Evolution Of Diwali And Its Relevance To The World

Diwali is among the most celebrated of all Indian observances. Elaborate and lavish, this holiday is enjoyed by all strata of society. This is a festival eagerly awaited by each member of the family, whether young or old, and is equally enjoyed by all. Diwali has a varied relevance to each person, but what remains common about the festival is …

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Celebrating Diwali with Children

Celebrating Diwali with Children

As the generations progress, the essence of Diwali seems to get even more diluted, until what the holiday really stands for remains as faint pictures of what we have seen our elders do around the house. Especially for the Indian American community, who are already once removed from their own culture, this is the reality they face. It is important …

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Christmas in India

Christmas in India

Dim dawn behind the tamarisks–the sky is saffron-yellow– As the women in the village grind the corn, And the parrots seek the riverside, each calling to his fellow That the Day, the staring Easter Day is born. Oh the white dust on the highway! Oh the stenches in the byway! Oh the clammy fog that hovers o’er the earth; And …

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Enlighten This Diwali

Enlighten This Diwali

   Beyond Ayodhya While the most popular legend for celebration of Diwali is Lord Rama’s glorious and long-awaited return to his Kingdom of Ayodhya after his fourteen years of exile in the forests, there are various other mythological reasons that make the day so reverential and relevant. World-renowned spiritual and yoga guru Swami Ramdev throws light on the various other …

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