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Navratri: Nine Days and Nine forms of Goddess Durga

10/4/2012 7:54:00 AM

Navratri meaning nine nights is the popular festival among the Hindus all around the world. It is celebrated for nine days. During these nine days nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. The tenth day is commonly known as Vijayadashami or Dussehra. On Vijayadashami big sized statues of Ravana who was the symbol of evil along with his two sons Meghnath and Kumbkarana are burnt. Navratri Festival is dedicated to the three avatars of Goddess Shakti - Durga who is known as the warrior Goddess, Lakshmi who is known as the Goddess of wealth, and Saraswati who is known as the Goddess of knowledge. It is celebrated with rejoice in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, Assam. This is the biggest festival of the year in these states. It is celebrated twice a year. Full size clay idols which are built in a delicate manner and heavily decorated are set up in temples and other places. These idols display Goddess Durga slaying the demon Mahishasura. These are worshiped for five days and then

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Boss Day: An occasion to thank our bosses

10/5/2012 7:04:00 AM

Boss Day also known as National Boss day is the perfect time to say thank you to our bosses.  It is a time for many workers to appreciate their bosses for their love and support in their professional journey. It is observed on 16th of October every year.  On Boss Day employees show their gratitude by presenting gifts such as cards, sweets and flowers to their bosses. The concept of National Boss Day began in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, registered the holiday with the United States Chamber of Commerce. She designated October 16 as the special day because it was her father's birthday. Haroski's purpose was to designate a day to show appreciation for her boss and other bosses. She also hoped to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors. Boss Day is not just about thanking your boss. It is about improving the bonding between you and your boss. If you had any dispute with your boss in

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Sweetest Day

10/8/2012 12:20:00 AM

Sweetest Day which originated in Cleveland city, USA is an occasion to remember the sick, aged and orphaned. In addition to that we can also remember friends, relatives and associates who were helpful, who brought happiness and who were kind to us in different situations in our lives. The idea behind it was that thoughtful word or deed enriches life and gives it meaning. It is celebrated on third Saturday in October. It was first celebrated in 1927. This day also belongs to lovers and romantics because it is thought as the second Valentine s Day. On Sweetest Day people give small presents such as greeting cards, candy and flowers to their loved ones. Some people go out to dinner at a special restaurant on Sweetest Day. Sweetest Day is associated with pink and red colours which are the symbol of love and friendship. Sweetest Day is a break from our daily routine. It is something special for people and we need this day in our lives. It is a day to make somebody happy. Sweetest Day is g

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Eid al-Adha: A time to ask for forgiveness

10/9/2012 8:43:00 AM

id al-Adha or Greater Id is an important festivity celebrated by the Muslims.  This festival recalls the sacrifice of Abraham. He cheerfully accepted God’s order to sacrifice his son Ishmael. His act made the God’s happy and they intervened to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead. It is also known as Bakr-Id. It lasts for three days. It is celebrated after the end of the Hajj. It symbolizes obedience to Allah and its distribution to others is an expression of generosity, one of the five pillars of Islam. People celebrate Eid al-Adha by organizing family meals, eating sweet foods, wearing new clothes, giving gifts, visiting the family and friends or give money to children. People also pray for prosperity and happiness on this holy day. People also ask for forgiveness for the sins committed in the past. Muslims greet each other by saying Eid Mubarak. It requests us to makes small sacrifices, giving up things that are fun or important to us. Lord desires from it

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Autumn: Beautiful season of transition and happiness

10/10/2012 5:40:00 AM

Change is law of nature. Nature obeys this rule perfectly. We can observe the changes in the climate at the time of autumn. It is one of a moderate season. It marks the gradual change from summer into winter. At the time of this season the weather is neither two hot not to cold. It is also observed that nights become longer than the days. The word autumn comes from the Old French word autompne. Before the 16th century, harvest was the term usually used to refer to the season. We can see the golden leaves hit the ground in a heap during this season. In USA autumn is also associated with the Halloween season. In addition to that autumn has a strong association with football and baseball. Furthermore start of a new school year beings in this season. Autumn is a beautiful season. It is the time of love and romance. It is the time to make somebody feel special. It is the time to get in touch with your loved ones. It is the time to say sorry to somebody whom we have hurt. It is the best t

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Halloween: Time of celebration and superstition

10/12/2012 12:21:00 AM

Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is a yearly holiday observed around the globe on October 31. The date was chosen because it was thought that it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth on this particular day. It is believed that it has roots associated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Christian attitudes towards Halloween are diverse. They pray, fast and attend worship services at the time of Halloween. In addition to that Halloween is a time of fun. It includes a large set of child friendly activities which consists trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Young women believed that on Halloween they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by do

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Part1: Bihari Wedding-Pre wedding rituals

10/13/2012 12:21:00 AM

Bihar also known as Magadha is a northern state India. It is famous for its wedding culture. A wedding in Bihar is an elaborated affair. It lasts for more than one month. It includes many ritual some of which is covered in this blog. There are two types rituals performed during the wedding ie pre wedding rituals and post wedding rituals. Pre wedding rituals includes: Satyanarayan katha: The Satyanarayan Puja is performed to show respect to Narayan an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.It is organized before marriage. The main purpose of this pooja is to preserve and enhance harmony family the two families and to bring success and enjoyment to all. It is the very first ritual performed before the marriage. A prayer is performed by the groom's parents along with the groom. It can also be organised separately. Every relative taking part in the puja is supposed to keep a fast for the entire day. A sacred fire (havan) that is lit during the ceremony is to be kept lighted throughout the weddin

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Part2: Bihari Wedding-Pre wedding rituals

10/14/2012 1:17:00 AM

Bihar also known as Magadha is a northern state India. . It is famous for its wedding culture. It includes many rituals like Satyanarayan katha, Cheka, Haldi kutai & Tilak which were covered in the previous blog. In this blog we are going to get familiar with other rituals. Pind-daan: In this ritual the bride's mother and other married ladies offer the ground rice to the ancestors. Before offering they grind the rice. This rice is put in an open place usually on the ceiling so that the crows can eat it. Engagement: It is also known as the sagai ceremony or ring ceremony. It is one of the first ceremonies that takes place between the two families and the would-be bride and groom. The couple exchanges gold rings. Both the families also exchange gifts like sweets, dry fruits etc. This is followed by either a lunch or dinner party. Shagun: In this ritual the bride’s priest, accompanied by her brother, the barber, and four other members takes auspicious gifts for the groom&rsqu

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Part3: Bihari Wedding-Pre wedding rituals

10/15/2012 2:05:00 AM

Dhritdhaari and matripoojan: These two rituals are performed to seek forgiveness and blessings from the dead ancestors as well as the living elders respectively at both the bride's and groom's places. The parents of the bride/groom offer clothes or cash to them for coming and blessing the prospective bride/groom. Sangeet ceremony: Sangeet ceremony is held prior to the wedding. This event starts two or three days before a wedding. Ladies are the only people to take part in the event. Some men are present if they are close to the bride or groom. During this event ladies will sing traditional Indian songs, and joke around with guests. This event is also like a dinner and dance, because there is a lot of dancing and lots of food in banquet style. Now a day sangeet ceremony also includes film songs. The ladies get dressed in their best clothes. The traditional sangeet ceremony includes Indian instruments like the dholki accompany with joking. The ceremony is also a good time for the weddi

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Part1: Bengali Wedding-Pre wedding rituals

10/16/2012 6:14:00 AM

Bengal is the northeast region of the Indian Subcontinent. It is renowned for its rich literary and cultural heritage. Its cultural heritage is visible in a bengali wedding. A bengali wedding is very delightful to look at. It is an elaborate and long affair.It consists of a whole set of interesting rituals and the people involved in the wedding are fully devoted and encouraged. A Bengali wedding typically consists of rituals that are divided into three phases- the pre-wedding, wedding and post wedding ceremony. The pre-wedding starts a couple of days before the wedding. Adan Pradan: This is the first ritual.It means give and take. It is done to ensure that the bride and groom don't belong to the same bloodline.It is done in the presence of a priest. Aashirwad (Patri Patra): This ritual confirms the marriage alliance. It means the acceptance of boy and the girl by both the parties. It is done a couple of days before the marriage.This ritual is conducted at their respective home

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