Festival of India

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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Indian Festivals - Going Global, Getting Popular

Indian Festivals – Going Global, Getting Popular

India is a land of varied culture, customs and heritage – where in almost each of the states, one can find a separate cultural identity. No wonder, that for a country so vast and diverse, the number of cultural and religious festivals are also quite numerous. However, certain festivals like Holi, Durga Pujas, Navratri and Diwali, are celebrated by one …

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DIWALI - A FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Diwali: The Victory Of Good Over Evil

Come the month of October, there is an air of festivity all around. It is the auspicious festival of Diwali that makes even the grimmest face smile in anticipation.It is indeed the time for all to usher into the light, it is the time to overcome all that evil, and it is the time to celebrate the supreme festival of …

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HOLI - The Festival of Colors

HOLI – The Festival of Colors

Of the numerous festivities in the Hindu calendar, Holi is undeniably the most cheerful and lively fiesta that not only celebrates the victory of the good over evil, but also signifies a riot of colors. Celebrated with the advent of spring, Holi, also known as ‘Vasanta Mahotsav’ or ‘Phagwah,’ is accompanied with untainted bliss and delight, fun and frolic, music …

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Christmas in India

Christmas in India

The festival of Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and conveys his message of love, tolerance, and brotherhood. It is a celebration of humanity and mankind. Though Christmas is a prominent festival on the Christian calendar, it still has a special significance in everyone’s life. It is celebrated as a universal festival throughout the world. In India, this festival …

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Diwali for Kids

Diwali for Kids

Diwali, the festival of joy, light, and happiness is celebrated by people of all ages and is the one holiday where young and old alike enjoy the feeling of togetherness, glamour, and endless enthusiasm for life, which is visible and felt in all corners of the world at this time. Diwali is celebrated by Hindus in India and all around …

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Consumer India - An overview of Republic Day

Consumer India – An overview of Republic Day

Just after Independence, at a time when stalwarts of Indian politics were busy shaping the plan for the future of the just-freed country, there was both hope and doubt reigning everywhere. No one knew what lay in the future, how the country was going to take shape, or whether India will ever be able to come out of the blood-stained …

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Happy Ramadan

RAMADAN – THE TIME OF ABSTINENCE

Ramadan is the time when Muslims all over the world – over a billion in number – tend to lead a life of extreme abstinence, discipline and self-control. The absence of food and drink and other pleasures provides a perfect opportunity to concentrate on prayer and worship. At the stroke of the dawn, the voice of the Muazzin chanting the …

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