World The religious festival of Holi, known as “the festival of color” or “the festival of love”, is one of the most important dates in the Hindu calendar. The day and night of celebrations surrounding the spiritual festival begin at the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna, the 12th month in India’s civil calendar. It is known by a variety of names with “Holika Dahan” or “Choti Holi” marking the evening before, with Holi itself called “Rangwali Holi”. Falling between March 20 to 21 and celebrated principally in India and Nepal, Holi celebrates the arrival of spring, the fertility of the months that cast off winter, color and vibrancy. The day before Holi is celebrated with a bonfire rejoicing in the triumph of good over evil. However, the day is most visible around the world because of the colorful powder, called gulal, worshipers throw over one another at Holi. A series of Hinduism’s … [Read more...] about Holi 2019: Wishes, Quotes and Messages to Celebrate the Hindu Spring Festival
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INDIA'S Kumbh Mela has been billed as the biggest gathering of people the world has ever seen. Here's what we know about the Hindu pilgrimage that can be seen from outer space. What is Kumbh Mela and where is it celebrated? Kumbh Mela is a mass pilgrimage in which Hindus come together in a celebration of their faith. Devotees believe that washing at the Sangam will help cleanse them of their sins. This will help them attain "moksha", setting them free from the cycle of birth and death. The tradition began at Ujjain in the 18th century, when the Maratha ruler Ranoji Shinde invited ascetics from Nashik to Ujjain for a local festival. Like the priests at Prayagraj, the pandits of Nashik and Ujjain, competing with other places for a sacred status, may have adopted the Kumbh tradition for their pre-existing melas. Traditionally, there are four fairs that are widely recognised as the Kumbh Melas: the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela, Haridwar Kumbh Mela, … [Read more...] about When is Kumbh Mela 2019, how is the festival celebrated and what are the dates?
THE moon has a vital role to play in the holy month - which won't begin until a new crescent is sighted. This means millions of Muslims will be keeping an eye out on the all-important lunar change. Here's the low-down. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Muslims observe Ramadan by a month of fasting and religious devotion, which commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating. Instead, meals include an early morning suhur, between 2.30am and 3am, and an evening iftar is enjoyed around 9pm-9.30pm. Muslims also read as much of the Koran as they can during the holy month, and are encouraged to observe five prayers every day. Often, people will donate large sums of money to charity during Ramadan … [Read more...] about How is Ramadan 2019 announced and why is the religious festival dependent on the moon?
Share Tweet Plus One Pin It Email Print By: nitish kashyap December 19, 2018 10:56 am Change Font Size The Bombay High Court has issued landmark directions to Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) for ensuring that the river Godavari remains pollution-free. The Godavari, the second largest river in India, is also known as Dakshin Ganga (the Ganges of the South) is the main source of water supply to Nashik. A division bench of Justice AS Oka and Justice AK Menon passed several directions while hearing petitions filed by residents of Nashik seeking directions to the NMC and others for cleaning the polluted river. The bench quoted India’s first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru who said about river Ganga and said- What Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru once said about Ganges equally applies to Godavari. He said thus: “The Ganga, especially, is the river of India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, … [Read more...] about Ensure No Pollution Is Caused Due To Immersion Of Idols And Religious Festivals, Duty Of Every Citizen To Keep Rivers Pollution-Free: Bombay HC [Read Judgment]
Yoga Master Bharat from India will perform at the Diwali Festival. — Photo courtesy of InchamViet Nam News HÀ NỘI — One of the biggest Indian festivals – Diwali – will be celebrated at the JW Marriot Hotel on November 24. Dubbed “the festival of lights,” the event will be organised by the Indian Business Chamber in Việt Nam (INCHAM) along with the Indian community. Diwali or Deepavali celebrates the victory of good over evil and light over darkness as told in the ancient epic - the Ramayana, which narrates the struggle of the divine prince Rama as he rescues his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. It has major religious significance for Indian religious groups including Hindus, Sikhs and Jains – not only in India, but also for Indians living abroad. In the western calendar, Diwali falls in the month of either October or November every year, just after the monsoon season in India. The exact date varies and is … [Read more...] about Indian festival of lights to be celebrated in Hà Nội