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Grandparents Day: A salute to the contribution

9/5/2012 5:10:00 AM

Grandparents are essential members of our families and communities. Their contribution to the society is un-evitable. We inherit qualities like love, care, parenting and leadership from them. To recognise their contribution Grandparents Day is celebrated each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day in US. Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia, has been recognized nationally by the United States Senate – in particular by Senators Jennings Randolph and Robert Byrd and by President Jimmy Carter, as the founder of National Grandparents Day. Her motivation behind it was to eradicate the loneliness of the older people in nursing homes. She made it her goal to educate the youth in the community about the important contributions seniors have made throughout history. She recommended the young people to adopt a grandparent for the lifetime. Senators Jennings Randolph introduced a resolution to the Senate to make Grandparents Day a national holiday. National Grandparents Day was firs

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Patriot Day : A tribute to the people who lost their lives.

9/6/2012 6:02:00 AM

Patriot Day is commemorated on 11th September in the memory of the people who lost their lives or were injured on September 11, 2001 in a terrorist attack. This black day in the US history is also known as 9/11. People hold special church services or prayer meetings. People observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM. The people who lost their loved ones or their relatives may lay flowers or visit memorials. Public law which was signed by President George W. Bush designate September 11 of each year as Patriot Day. On this day the flag of the United States of America should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all United States government buildings in the whole world. On September 11, 2001 some unknown hijackers hijacked four planes. The hijackers made the plans hit building named the Pentagon in Washington DC and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York.  Nearly 3000 people lost their lives in this impact. In addition to that there was a great

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Ganesh Chaturthi: Birthday of Lord Ganesh

9/7/2012 6:03:00 AM

Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindus festival which marks the birth of Lord Ganesh. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi.  Ganesh was the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Paravati. Lord Ganesh is also known as Lord of wisdom, prosperity and good fate. Ganesh is a Sanskrit word which is made up of two word “gana” and “isha”. “Gana” means a group and “isha” means lord. Lord Ganesh has an elephant head because of which he is also known as “Gajraj”.   Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Ganeshotsav. It is celebrated for ten day. In some regions it is celebrated for five, seven or nine days. During Ganesh Chaturthi large pandals are erected in which statue of Lord Ganesh is placed. These pandals are opened for the public from seventh or eighth day of this festival. After five, six, seven or ten days idols are immersed in the sea or any other water body with huge procession accompanied with dancing, singing. This ceremony is know

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Ganesh Chaturthi: Story about the Birth of Lord Ganesh

9/8/2012 1:00:00 AM

A long time ago Lord Shiva was fighting for Gods against the asura’s(demon’s). When he used to go for the war Parvati his wife used to live alone in the house. She had great powers but sometimes she used to get afraid. One day she wanted to take a bath. Lord Shiva was not in the house. She didn’t felt comfortable taking the bath. She thought that somebody should guard the house until she finishes her bath. She started thinking what to do. She started walking here and there in the house. After sometime a thought flashed in her head. She went to the bathroom. She used to apply the paste of turmeric on her body during the bath. She took some turmeric from the bowl and made a statue. She had the magical powers. With the help of the magical powers she made the statue alive. That was the birth of Lord Ganesh. She ordered him to guard the house until she finishes her bath. Parvati was completely relieved and went to take the bath. Lord Ganesh stood at the main door so tha

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Rosh Hashanah: A New Beginning

9/11/2012 6:13:00 AM

Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the New Year for the Jewish religion. It usually occurs in the early autumn. It starts on first day of Tishrei and ends on the second day of Tishrei. It is the first month of the civil year in the Hebrew calendar. It usually occurs in September–October on the Gregorian calendar. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey. A shofar is a horn used by the Jewish for religious purposes. The shofar is blown for one month before the starting of Rosh Hashanah. It is believed that the sound of the sofar awakens the people from the unconsciousness state of mind. In addition to that it alerts the people that the judgement for their actions are also coming from the God and they should work on the purification of their mind. In addition to that people pray in temples on this day. People also reflect on the things done in the past. It is the New Year for people, animals, and legal contracts. A

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Vishwakarma Pooja: Marks the Contribution of Non-living things

9/15/2012 6:05:00 AM

Vishwakarma Pooja is celebrated to worship Lord Vishwakarma, an Indian god. It is known that he was an architect.  He constructed cities like Dwarka where Lord Krishna ruled. In addition to that he constructed Maya Sabha of the Pandavas. He also created many weapons for the Gods. On this occasion all the non-living things are worshiped. It is thought that they also have life. People clean their houses. In addition to that people also clean their non-living things like scooter and car. Bus companies wash their buses and worship them. Trains are also cleaned and worshiped on this day. Big companies organise a puja. After the puja the workers of the companies also distribute sweets amongst them.  On this day all the vehicles are given rest. All big factories are also closed on this day. People pray for the grace of Lord Vishwakarma so that they can succeed in their areas of work.  They also pray for the smooth functioning of the machinery. This year Vishwakarma pooja wo

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Gandhi Jayanti: A tribute to Father of Nation

9/23/2012 4:47:00 AM

“The principle of majority does not work when differences on fundamentals are involved.” Gandhi Jayanti or Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti commemorates the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. It is celebrated on 2nd October every year because he was born on this day in Porbandar Gujarat, India. He was son of Putlibai Gandhi (Mother) and Karamchand Gandhi (Father). He is also known as Father of Nation in India. He is still famous for his non-violence or satyagraha which constituted to a great degree in Indian independence. In India he was also called Bapu ("Father"). He was born in a small coastal town Porbandar in Gujarat, Gandhi married Kasturbai Makhanji at the age of 13. Gandhi at the age of 18 went to England to study law and returned to India in 1915. After he returned home he got involved in Indian Independence movement and played a vital role.  He is still known for Dandi March Salt in 1930 and later the most popular Quit India movement which forced the Brit

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Yom Kippur: Day of self-purification

9/25/2012 12:36:00 AM

Yom Kippur is one of the holiest days on the Jewish religious calendar. It is also known as Day of Atonement. Jewish people keep a 25-hour period of fasting and do intensive prayer. People atone for their sins by fasting and abstaining from all material things including work for an entire day. People ask God for repentance and commit that they would not repeat their past mistakes. Yom means "day" in Hebrew and Kippur comes from a root that means "to cover" or "to hide". People ask for forgiveness from God for their evil actions against God and the mankind. When Yom Kippur ends people hope that they have been forgiven by God. Yom Kippur is the tenth day of the month of Tishrei. According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person's fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to seal the verdict. The soul is the main force of our body. It is believed that if our body is in uncomfortable state t

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