Category Archives: Culture

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 [...]

Si-Donyi Festival of Arunachal Pradesh

SI-DONYI FESTIVAL CELEBRATED BY TAGINS IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY Si-Donyi is an important festival celebrated in Arunachal Pradesh especially by the Tagin Tribes that is the biggest Tribe of this place. It generally falls in the month of January and is celebrated in the fifth or sixth day. Si-Donyi comes from the combination of two words known as ‘Si’ that means Earth and ‘Donyi that means Sun. This festival is celebrated in order to propitiate the Goddess Earth as Read more [...]

Shigmo Festival of Goa,Significance and History

SHIGMO A HINDU SPRING FESTIVAL CELEBRATED IN THE INDIAN STATE OF GOA SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: Shigmo festival is celebrated by the people of Goa that is an important state in India. It is generally celebrated in the month of ‘Phalguna’ according to the ‘Saka’ calendar by the Hindu Society residing in Goa. It is a festival of colours that is celebrated in the spring season and resembles the festival of Holi. ‘Shigmo’ is a Konkani term that has originated from the Sanskrit word Read more [...]

Shad Suk Mynsiem Festival of the Khasi tribes of Meghalaya

SHAD SUK MYNSIEM FESTIVAL OF KHASIS HELD IN APRIL SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: ‘Shad Suk Mynsiem’ is an important festival of the Khasi tribes of Meghalaya that falls in the month of April every year. Apart from other places in Meghalaya, the celebration takes place mainly in the Khasi Hills that is situated near Shilong. It is specially a festival of dance held in spring and is also known as ‘Dance of happy hearts’. It is a three-day festival and is also celebrated by the Garo and Read more [...]

Sekrenyi or Phousnyi festival of Nagaland

SEKRENYI A FESTIVAL IN NAGALAND CELEBRATED BY THE ANGAMIS IN FEBRUARY SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: This festival is also known as ‘Phousnyi festival’. This is an important festival of the people of Nagaland specially the Angami Tribes. It is a ten-day festival and takes place on the twenty-fifth day of the month of Angami of Kezei. It is generally celebrated on the month of January or February after the harvesting is done. The word Sekrenyi comes from the combination of two words namely ‘Sekre’ Read more [...]

Sanjhi Puja in Punjab and Haryana,History and Significance

SANJHI PUJA MAINLY CELEBRATED BY THE UNMARRIED GIRLS IN RURAL PUNJAB AND HARYANA IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. AN IMAGE OF MOTHER GODDESS IS MADE OF MUD OR DUNG AND WORSHIPPED SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: The word Sanjhi literally means the time of dusk and is derived from the Hindi word ‘Sanjh’ or ‘Sandhya’. ‘Sanjhi Puja’ is mainly the worship of Mother Goddess Durga as this festival falls on the first day of the ‘Navaratras’ or the nine days of Durga Puja. This festival is celebrated Read more [...]

Sanjhi Traditional Art of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh

SANJHI THE ART OF HAND CUTTING (OR STENCIL CUTTING) DESIGNS ON PAPER, IS TYPICAL ART OF MATHURA IN UTTAR PRADESH SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: The word ‘Sanjhi’ comes from the Hindi term ‘Sandhya’ that means dusk, the moment of time which is related with the creation of different types of arts. Sanjhi is a special type of art of stencil or hand cutting designs on paper. It is a traditional art of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh that is known to be the abode of Lord Krishna. The Temples of the Read more [...]