The Foochow Festival at China
January 6, 2014 – 6:44 am | No Comment
The Foochow Festival at China In the Southern province of Fukien and Kwangtung, China, and if you are an avid kite flyer, there is an amazing kite flying competition held every year and a must visit destination for kite enthusiasts. At the Foochow Kite Festival, the kites displayed are immense mean machines with greatest ingenuity of design and heavens are flooded with thousands of colourful kites  [...]

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Tansen Samaroh A Music Festival of Reverance
December 23, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Tansen Samaroh A Music Festival of Reverance
The Tansen Samaroh is celebrated in reverence, of the great singing artist Tansen, in the Tansen Tomb which lies in Gwalior in India. This is a platform where all the Indian artists come together and render their vocal and instrumental talents. The environment is totally like a festival and the melodious singing only adds to the ambience. Music lovers consider this as a great occasion and as an opportunity to get to know about the latest trends in music and the budding artists in the circle. This is an experience which very rarely a music lover would want to miss. It is a music festival that is organized by the government of Madhya Pradesh and they do it in association with the Academy of Cultural Department in Madhya Pradesh. Predominantly a festival for all music lovers, this is a  [...]


Five fold Celebrations in Indian festivals with Pancha Ganapati
December 21, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Five fold Celebrations in Indian festivals with Pancha Ganapati
Come December and all devotees of Lord Ganesha, would get ready to celebrate the Pancha Ganapati festival which commences on December 21 and concludes on December 25. This is a great Hindu festival which is held in celebration of the remover of obstacles, the Indian Lord Ganesha. He is believed to be the patron of culture, arts and tradition. There is a kind of discipline to celebrate the festival on each day of Pancha Ganapati. The festival marks the significance of a new beginning and allows the devotee to atone for all the past mistakes or sins committed. There is a shrine kept in the main room of the house and decorated well. A five faced idol of Lord Pancha Ganapati is kept. If such an idol is not available then a photo or any statue of Lord Ganesha suffices. Banana leaves are kept on  [...]


Celebrate Indian festivals with the Chumpha Festival
December 19, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Celebrate Indian festivals with the Chumpha Festival
Celebrate this annual festival of the Indian state Manipur during the harvest season in the month of December. Mainly celebrated by the Tanghul Nagas from Manipur, this is a great occasion and a special event filled with merriment, fun, joy and frolic.  Observed for seven days, this is one of the opportunities for the Manipuris to come together with the best of festivities. The last three days of the festival have many cultural events that are organized and accompanied by a lot of dance and music performances. Families gather and friends interact during the Chumpha Festival. Everyone rejoices and has a lot of fun. In the other festivals of Manipur, the women do not have a significant role to play. However, the Chumpha festival is different. This gives all the Manipuri women a chance to carry  [...]


Tarpa Festival 2011, Celebrate December with this Indian festival
December 16, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Tarpa Festival 2011, Celebrate December with this Indian festival
India, the land of traditions and the melting pot of social events and cultural activities, is an ideal place to visit during the month of December due to its cornucopia of festivals. All the occasions are based on some ritual or the other and have a lot of legendary connotation attached to it. The Tarpa festival is one such very popular Indian festival in the region of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. A complete plethora of colourful dance forms of the folk pattern, the festival is majorly an attempt to show the tribal culture that dominates these areas and the existing tradition of the place. People celebrate this festival with a great deal of gusto and energy and also have an enthusiastic fervor towards it. The tribal community of this area joins hands and celebrates this festival with a lot of energy  [...]


Lumbini festival of India
December 14, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Lumbini festival of India
India is a land of festivals, culture, tradition and religious trends. So there is no dearth of festivals in the country. For instance, celebrations like the Lumbini festival are much looked forward to and are celebrated with a lot of pomp and reverence. Lumbini is the place where the Buddha was born, and left behind Buddhism for all his devotees. Lumbini is thus a great place of pilgrimage for not only Buddhists, but for tourists across the world. Named after the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the festival commemorates the heritage that the Buddha has left behind and celebrates the spirit of Buddhist religion in Andhra Pradesh. So the Lumbini festival marks the importance of Buddhism in the world and the effect of its heritage in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Held for three days, the festival  [...]


Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav 2011: A Raison D’etre of Indian Music festivals
December 9, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav 2011: A Raison D’etre of Indian Music festivals
The  city of Pune gets ready every year for one of the popular  music festivals – the Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsava. Initiated by the noted Hindustani singer Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, this festival was held first in reverence of the great guru Sawai Gandharva. Rambhau Kundgolkar or Sawai Gandharva was a great vocalist and exponent of the Hindustani Music. All the musicians and the practicing artists across the world come here and pay respects to this great musician and render their works here in this get together. The disciples of Sawai Gandharva with the help of the Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal organize this festival which goes on for three days. There are dancers, vocalists, musicians from across India and the world and they come together in this harmonious ambience of art and talent.Earlier  [...]


Get festive with Indian festivals at the Rann Utsav
December 7, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Get festive with Indian festivals at the Rann Utsav
India is a land of festivals and Indian traditions have the best kind of culture and art displayed. Such exotic exhibition of art forms make up the mainframe of Indian festivals. One such colourful festival is held in the Kutch region of Gujarat every December. This festival is a plethora of music, dance, culture and art and is the ideal place to be in, if you want to feel the art forms of India coming alive. With the best variety of folk dances and the ideal desert festival ambience, the Rann Utsav is one of the Indian festivals which is of late getting popular. Here is where you can see artisans at work and where you can get to see the best kind of cultural co-existence. With the camel safaris, and the live in tents, the various stalls and the innumerable opportunities for recreation, the  [...]


Welcoming December – The Indian Art Festival Month
December 5, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Welcoming December – The Indian Art Festival Month
Every Indian who is an art lover gets ready to fix the dates for the various events that he or she wishes to attend in the month of December. Yes, this is the month of the art festival in India and the time when there is a beautiful mix of traditional festivals and modern art forms. Be it classical music or a fusion of modern day technology based rhythms, whether it is the local performers or the folk dancers, the atmosphere is just right every talent to be showcased. This year too, there are festivals round the corner, in the month of December. Let us see what they are. The Konark Festival Organized by the tourism department of Orissa in India, this art festival offers a plethora of classical Odissi, Manipuri, Bharatnatyam, Chau and Kathak performances. With a beautiful blend of talent and  [...]


Maha Shivratri – When Power descends on Earth
December 2, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Maha Shivratri – When Power descends on Earth
Come the month of February and March and you are sure to see all the Hindus celebrating the power of Lord Shiva. Falling in the Hindu month of Phalgun, this is the festival when the people on earth pray to the Lord and worship his lingam. They please Lord Shiva and mark the day with a lot of religious significance. Maha Shivratri is believed to be the day Lord Shiva got wedded to Goddess Parvati. It is said that Lord Shiva was so happy that he performed a tandav nritya on this day. This is the dance of creation and also preserves the power in the world and destruction of evil. This is a very auspicious night for all the devotees. Legend has it that the lord turned himself in the Linga form on this day the first time. Maha shivratri means the grand night of Lord Shiva. Devotees observe a fast  [...]


When Santa Lands in Town – Christmas
November 30, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
When Santa Lands in Town – Christmas
Jingle all the way this time of the year for it is the time for celebration. Yes, who does not want to hang the red sock by the side of the bed and wait for the next morning to find the surprise gift all wrapped with love and affection? Come December and people get into the mood for Christmas, the one festival which surely is the most universally popular festival and the most loved. This annual holiday is celebrated by billions of people across the world and the Christian feast is perhaps the most awaited occasion of many families waiting for that one special yearly get together. Christmas festival is celebrated in memory of the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. It signifies the closing of the Advent season and the commencing of the Chrimastide which is for around 12 days. Christmas Day is a civil  [...]


Sadda Haq – Human Rights Day
November 28, 2011 | Festivals | No Comment
Sadda Haq – Human Rights Day
Come December 10, and the UN gets ready to observe the Human Rights Day. This marks the anniversary of the day the declaration of human rights was made. So the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is celebrated on this day.This is the time for all of us to think about the need to ask for one’s rights and the necessity of such Human Rights in our life. Why exactly is it important and what is the meaning of Human rights – such questions and many more arise in the minds of many. On this day, the day salutes all those thoughts and all those actions that one has taken and will take towards asserting Human Rights in the world.So what do we do on Human Rights Day?Have events that are focused on the concept of declaration of human rights globally. You can have it on December 10 or in and around  [...]