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Vasant Panchami-Significance,History,Rituals And Feast

VASANT PANCHAMI A HINDU FESTIVAL WORSHIPPING SARASWATI, THE GODDESS OF KNOWLEDGE, MUSIC AND ART. IT IS CELEBRATED EVERY YEAR ON THE FIFTH DAY OF MAGH SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: As the name suggests, Vasant Panchami is made of two words, ‘vasant’ and ‘panchami’ meaning ‘spring’ and ‘fifth’ respectively. Therefore, according to the Hindu calendar this festival is celebrated on the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha. The festival is also known as Saraswati Read more [...]

Uposatha Significance ,History,Rituals

UPOSATHA THE BUDDHIST DAY OF OBSERVANCE. THE BUDDHA TAUGHT THAT THE UPOSATHA DAY IS FOR "THE CLEANSING OF THE DEFILED MIND," RESULTING IN INNER CALM AND JOY SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: Dating back to the 500 BCE ‘Uposatha’ was an important ceremonial day of the Buddhists and is still observed by them. The word literally means ‘going inside to stay’ especially in monasteries in the Buddhist point of view. Generally the New or Full Moon day is chosen as the Uposatha day. The word Uposatha Read more [...]

Ugadi Festival ,History,Rituals and Significance

UGADI THE NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF ANDHRA PRADESH AND KARNATAKA SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: The word 'Ugadi' originated from two sanskrit words ‘yuga’ and 'aadi' which means era and beginning respectively, the beginning of a new era and a new Hindu lunar calendar. According to the age old Panchanga calendar the first day of the first month ‘Chaitra’, Ugadi is celebrated as 'New Year' in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Lord Brahma, the creator is believed to be associated Read more [...]

Tuluni Festival Of ‘Sumi’ Tribes in Nagaland

TULUNI A FESTIVAL IN NAGALAND CELEBRATED BY THE SUMI'S IN JULY SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: Tuluni is an important festival of the ‘Sumi’ tribes in Nagaland who are the inhabitants of Zunheboto district. This festival is celebrated in the month of July generally on the eight day of every year. The word Tuluni comes from a special type of drink known as rice-beer which was given in a glass made up of bamboo or three leaves of plantain. Tuluni is also known as ‘Anni’ that stands for the Read more [...]

Tsukhenyie Festival of Nagaland,Rituals And History

TSUKHENYIE A FESTIVAL IN NAGALAND CELEBRATED BY THE CHAKHESANGS IN JANUARY SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: Tsukhenyie festival is celebrated with great pomp by the tribal peoples of Chakhesang Nagas in the Phek district of Nagaland, a state in the far north-eastern part of India in the month of January. The joyous colourful festival marks the onset of the hectic sowing season ahead. There are no records of their origins except that they are from the east of India and the historic records prove Read more [...]

Tokhu Emong Rituals,Significance and History

TOKHU EMONG A FESTIVAL IN NAGALAND CELEBRATED BY THE LOTHAS IN NOVEMBER. THIS FESTIVAL IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE HARVESTING OF CROPS SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: It is an important festival of the Lothas in Nagaland that is related to the harvesting of crops. It is a nine-day long festival that generally commences on the 7th day of the month of November every year. This particular day was fixed by some seniors of the tribe known as Wokha to build up a strong bond of harmony among the people. The Read more [...]

Thai Pongal of Tamilnadu

THAI PONGAL CELEBRATED BY TAMILIANS. COINCIDES WITH MAKARA SANKRANTHI CELEBRATED THROUGHOUT INDIA AS THE WINTER HARVEST SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY ‘Thai Pongal’ is an important festival of Tamilnadu in India celebrated by the Tamilians. According to the Tamil Calendar, Thai Pongal falls on the first day of the Thai month or the tenth month. It is generally celebrated in the month of January every year especially on 14th or 15th. Tamils refer it as their own festival or ‘Tamizhar Thirunaal’. In Read more [...]

Tendong Lho Rumfaat,Significance And History And Rituals

TENDONG LHO RUMFAAT MEANS PRAYER OF THE TENDONG MOUNTAIN, IS A FESTIVAL OF THE LEPCHA PEOPLE OF NORTH-EAST INDIA SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: This festival is celebrated by the people of Lepcha belonging to the North-East India. ‘Tendong Lho Rumfaat’ is a prayer dedicated to the Tendong Mountain. It generally takes place in the month of August or the third Lunar month of Sikkim every year. The people of Lepcha believe that an incessant rain took place in the past, which continued for about Read more [...]

Teej Festival ,Significance And History,Rituals And Feast

TEEJ A FASTING FESTIVAL FOR HINDU WOMEN. IT IS MAINLY CELEBRATED IN HARYANA AND BIHAR SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: The festival of Teej is celebrated in the month of July-August every year, occurring three times in a year each of which are of different types and which are known by three different names as, Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej. This festival of Hariyali Teej is celebrated on the third day of the bright Moon fortnight of the Shravan month as per the Hindu calendar during Read more [...]

Solung Festival of Adi Tribals in Arunachal Pradesh

SOLUNG FESTIVAL CELEBRATED BY ADI TRIBALS IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: ‘Solung’ is celebrated in the districts of Lower and Upper Dibang Valley, Upper, West and East Siang. The Adi or ‘Bangni-Boker lhoba’ people in the Himalayan hills of ‘Nyingchi’ prefecture, belong to all agricultural communities. So the festival is related to their agricultural activities and is also called the festival of refreshment. Being an agricultural festival it is performed after the Read more [...]