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Dhanteras: A popular festivity of Hindus

11/2/2012 12:27:00 AM

Hinduism is the very common religion in India. It covers a wide range of traditions and includes a large number of festivities. One of the very popular festivities is Dhanteras. It is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm in India. The word Dhan means wealth and Teras means 13th day as per Hindu calender. Diwali starts after Dhanteras. It is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin.  It is celebrated for two days and is an important part of Diwali celebrations.  It is believed to bring in riches, good luck, light and prosperity in everybody’s life. It is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm in India. The word Dhan means wealth and Teras means 13th day as per Hindu calender. Diwali starts after Dhanteras. It is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin.  It is celebrated for two days and is an important part of Diwali cele

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Bengali Wedding Rituals

11/4/2012 4:37:00 AM

Rituals and customs are part and parcels of Weddings in India. Here are some of the rituals followed in a Bengali wedding. Bor Jatri All the  friends of the groom including the relatives dress in the best attire and journey to the bride's house where the wedding takes place. Bor Boron When the Bridegroom reaches the door of the Bride, the enitre family of the groom is welcomed by the Brides relatives. The tradition is to blow Conch shells. An older lady from the bride’s family does aarti for the groom and then touches the plate to the groom’s forehead and then to the floor and back again to the groom’s forehead. The groom is then offered sweets and sherbet and rose water is sprinkled on him as he enters. Potto Bastra After the Bor Boron ritual the bridegroom is made to sit at the chadnatolla (wedding altar and canopy

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Bhai Dooj: Symbol of love between a brother and sister

11/6/2012 5:51:00 AM

Bhai Dooj is an annual Hindu festival celebrated on the third day after Diwali. It is similar to Raksha Bhandhan. This day is also known as Yamdwitya. This festival is a symbol of love between a brother and sister. On this day, sisters pray and wish for the long life, health, wealth and prosperity of their brothers. In return the brother takes the oath to protect her sister. On this occasion sisters go to their brother house. It is believed that it is dangerous for the brother to go to the sisters house. Sisters putt tika/tilak (vermilion spot) on the forehead of their brother, offer sweets and perform aarti. The tika/tilak signifies the sister's sincerest prayers for the long and happy life of her brother. In return the brother offers gifts to their sisters as an expression of love. The gift expresses the gratitude for sharing such a wonderful relationship. There are many stories associated with Bhai Dooj. One of them states that when Lord Krishna returned home after killing

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Children’s day: Love and Duty towards the welfare of Children

11/9/2012 5:59:00 AM

Children’s day is special day for the children. Children's day, in hindi known as "Bal Diwas". It is celebrated annually to honour children all around the globe. It also commemorates the period of childhood. Children are loved by everybody and they win people's heart by their beautiful faces and innocent smile. Every child is precious and deserves a better childhood. Every year it is celebrated on 14th November. 14th November is an important date in Indian history because on this day the birthday of first Indian prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru falls. After his death his birthday is celebrated on 14th November. He was very fond of children. 14th November is also a tribute for his love to the children. If you go back in the history you would find Pandit Nehru's most famous pictures with children. He stressed the importance of giving love and affection to children. He was also called Chacha Nehru by the children. He though that the childhood greatest time in a

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Muharram: A sacred month

11/11/2012 2:59:00 AM

Muharram is the first day of Islamic new year. Muharram is so called because it is unlawful to fight during this month. Muharram is an Arabic word derived from the word haraam, meaning sinful. It is a sober occasion which commemorates the martyrdom of the prophet Mohammed's grandson- Hazrat Imam Hussain. It is observed all over the world by the Muslims especially the Shia community. There are many events associated with Muharram which includes Prophet Adam was sent to Paradise during Muharram. Second, Prophet Ibrahim was born. Third, Prophet Musa and his followers survived through the river Nile.  Fourth, Prophet Issa was born and he was became alive again. Fifth Prophet Nooha's ship survived on top of the mountain. Sixth Prophet Yunus came out of the fish's stomach after 40 days. Seventh, Prophet Yakoob got his eyesight back. Last, Prophet Yusuf was rescued from the deep well.  The Battle of Karbala has a strong relation with Muharram. The story states that Hazrat Imam

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Chhath Puja: Worship of Lord Sun

11/19/2012 4:22:00 AM

Chhath Puja is a Hindu festival in which Lord Sun is worshipped. It is the only festival in the world where devotees offer salutations to the setting and rising Sun. Second, this festival is closely related to the environment. The word Chhath denotes the number six. A week after Diwali the festival Chhath is celebrated. It is a festival in which the devotees do not require to visit a temple. In addition to that it does not require the devotees to dress in their best clothes as it is not compulsory. The banks of a river or pond are the ideal prayer location. Before sunrise, the devotees reach the riverbank again and offer prayers to the rising Sun. Once the prayers are done, the devotees break their fast with the Prasad or the offerings. In addition to that a Goddess named Chhathi Maiya is also worshipped. She is also known as Usha which means dawn. Chhath is a very colourful festival and new clothes are a must for the devotees. There is much music and a lot of singing of folk and

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Guru Nanak Jayanti: Birth anniversary and a sacred festival

11/21/2012 5:34:00 AM

Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism. It marks the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. He was the founder of the religion of Sikhism. Guru Nanak was responsible for shaping the beliefs of the Sikhs. On the eve of Guru Nanak Jayanti Sikhs celebrate and pray. He was born into a Hindu Khatri family. When he was born an astrologer was called to write his horoscope. When he came to his house he insisted on seeing the child. Everybody was amazed by his behaviour. When he saw the child he worshiped him and for casted that he would become a great religious personality in the future. Nanak showed his interest in divine subjects from a very young age. In the school the teachers were astonished by his divine knowledge. He used to describe about the unity or oneness of God. There are many incidents which made him a religious personality. In his early age he used to tell that there is no Hindu Muslim thing. All are one. All are the children of one

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DesiEvite: Online Portal for Invitation and e-cards

11/23/2012 4:39:00 AM

Everybody in the world is connected to other people by a fine thread called relationship. A male person can be a father, son, grandfather or grandson. The same follows for other relationships. These relationships remind us about these people. We organise event and in these events we call our dear ones. The events can be a birthday party, baby shower or a get together. We want to connect with them either by meeting or by talking on the phone or by sending them letters.  Letters are now vanishing because we are approaching in the digital world. The place of letters are full filled by electronic invitation or greeting cards. One to the service providers who are giving these services for free is DesiEvite. Desievite.com  is the portal which provides all the features to send online invitation and e-cards. Desievite was started by 4eGuru. It is a gift for the internet users. Desievite is the portal which has an excellent collection of invitations and e-cards. In addition to

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St. Andrew's Day: Feast Day

11/26/2012 6:43:00 AM

In Christianity there is a calendar known as calendar of saints which associates each day with one or more saints and refers to the feast day of said saint. It is also known as the Feast Day associated with Saint Andrew. It remembers the Saint Andrew. In certain places around the globe it is known as St Andrew's Night, St Andrew's Prayer and Andrew's. Saint Andrew was an intelligent and a hardworking fisherman whose name means Strong. Later he became the follower of Jesus Christ, founder of the Christian religion along with his brother peter. He was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. It is known that he was responsible for spreading the tenets of the Christian religion though Asia Minor and Greece. People in Scotland believed that he had good social skills. In addition to that people say that he brought the first foreigners to meet Jesus. He also advised the people share their food with the people living in their neighbourhood. Saint Andrew was one of the most popular Sa

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December Six: Saint Nicholas Day

11/28/2012 3:40:00 AM

In Christianity there is a calendar known as calendar of saints which associates each day with one or more saints and refers to the feast day of said saint. The calendar associates December Six to Saint Nicholas. He is remembered by Catholic and Orthodox Christians for his contribution towards Christianity. He was a man of faith who lived his life in devotion to Christ. Saint Nicholas was a fourth century bishop of the city of Myra in what is now Turkey. He is known for his great kindness and his generous aid to those in distress. Saint Nicholas is very famous amongst sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, and students in various countries. He was the only son of wealthy Christian parents. He was very religious from an early age and used to observe fasts on Wednesdays and Fridays. His wealthy parents died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young and he was raised by his uncle. His influence turned the young Nicholas as a reader, and later as a priest. On Saint Nicho

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