Category Archives: Festivals

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 [...]

Raksha Bandhan Festival : Rituals & Celebrations

RAKSHA BANDHAN: CELEBRATES THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BROTHERS, COUSINS AND SISTERS. THE CENTRAL CEREMONY INVOLVES THE TYING OF A RAKHI (SACRED THREAD) BY A SISTER ON HER BROTHER’S WRIST SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: ‘Raksha Bandhan’ is celebrated on the ‘Shravana Purnima’ or Full Moon Day of the month of ‘Shravana’. It generally falls in the middle of August.  The meaning of the word Raksha is ‘Security’ and ‘Bandhan’ is ‘Knot’. This is an important festival of the Hindus, Read more [...]

Puthandu Tamil Festival – Celebrations & History

PUTHANDU: ALSO CALLED CHITHIRAI TIRU-NAAL, IS THE CELEBRATION OF THE FIRST DAY OF THE TAMIL NEW YEAR IN MID-APRIL  SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: Puthandu is an important festival that is celebrated by the citizens of Tamil Nadu in India. It is the first day or the New Year of the Tamils that falls on Mid-April (13th or 14th) every year. It is also known by different names such as ‘Chithirai Tiru-Naal’ and ‘Varushap Pirappu’. The Tamil people welcome each other by exchanging words such as Read more [...]

Pola – Agricultural Festival – Rituals & Celebrations

POLA: A BULL-WORSHIPPING FESTIVAL CELEBRATED BY FARMERS IN MAHARASHTRA SIGNIFICANCE: This festival is specially celebrated in the Vidarbha province of Maharashtra in India. Pola is an agricultural and conventional festival in which bull is being worshipped by the farmers. It is a one-day festival and falls on ‘Pithori Amavasya’ or the New Moon Day of Shravana month in a year. This day is also celebrated by the citizens of Chhattisgarh as their main festival. On this festival the farmers Read more [...]

Pitru Paksha Festival – History,Rituals & Celebrations

PITRU PAKSHA: A 16–LUNAR DAY PERIOD WHEN HINDUS PAY HOMAGE TO THEIR ANCESTORS (PITRS), ESPECIALLY THROUGH FOOD OFFERINGS SIGNIFICANCE: It is an important festival of the Hindus that means ‘fortnight of ancestors’ in which they show respect to their ancestors by offering food and water. The celebration takes place during 16-Lunar days that starts on the Full Moon day of the month of ‘Bhadrapada’ and culminates on the New Moon day also known as Savapitri Amavasya, Mahalaya or Mahalaya Read more [...]

Paryushana Festival – Rituals & Celebrations of Jainism

PARYUSHANA: ONE OF THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT FESTIVALS FOR THE JAINS, THE OTHER BEING DIWALI SIGNIFICANCE: The Jains celebrate two main significant festivals regarding them as customary. The first one is known as Paryushana and the second one is Diwali. The two sects of Jainism known as ‘Svetambars’ and ‘Digambars’ celebrate this festival by different names. The former call it ‘Paryusana’ and the latter ‘Das Lakshana’. The meaning of the word Paryushana is ‘permanency in concert’. This Read more [...]

Reh Festival – Rituals & Celebrations

REH: FESTIVAL CELEBRATED BY IDU-MISHMIS IN NAGALAND SIGNIFICANCE: Reh is one of the major vital festivals of the Idus of the Mishmis society in Nagaland. Generally it falls in the month of February to August but there are some exceptions regarding the celebrations. The people who reside in the areas affected by snow-fall like Amru, Tao and Dri townships falling under the Dibang Valley observe this festival in the summer and monsoon seasons falling from June to August at the time when a special Read more [...]

Raja Parba Festival :Mithuna Sankranti Rituals & Celebrations

Raja Parba is a festival of Odisha in India and it is also called Mithuna Sankranti. This is an agricultural festival of Odisha thus it is celebrated to welcome the first rain on the Earth. Raja Parba comes as symbol of happiness of the first rain drenched farming land. Introduction: Raja Parba generally falls on mid June. This festival is celebrated for almost four days. First day is called Pahil Raja, second day is called Mithuna Sankranti (proper day), Third day is called Bhu daah or Basi Raja Read more [...]

Pawl Kut Festival – Rituals ,Celebrations & Legends

Pawl Kut festival is observed in Mizoram of India. Mizo community celebrates the festival every year to offer thanks giving to their God in Mizoram. People rejoice their happiness of bumper crops by dancing and singing. Introduction: The festival falls on December month every year. Meaning of Pawl is Straw so Pawl Kut means harvest of the straws. People enjoy the festival for almost two days. Men and women both participate in ballet, music and dance with great passion and fervor.  The main purpose Read more [...]