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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Day of Festivals

January 14th is probaly one day which is celebrated in all parts of India in diffreny way. Here a glimpse of Our India festivalsMakar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious day for the Hindus, and is celebrated in almost all parts of the country in myriad cultural forms, with great devotion, fervor & gaiety. Lakhs of people take a dip in places like Ganga Sagar & Prayag and pray to Lord Sun. It is celebrated with pomp in southern parts of the country as Pongal, and in Punjab is celebrated as Lohri & Maghi. Gujarati's not only look reverentially up to the sun, but also offer thousands of their colorful oblations in the form of beautiful kites all over the skyline. They may be trying to reach upto their glorious God or bring about greater proximity with the one who represents the best. It is a day for which Bhishma Pitamah kept waiting to leave his mortal coil. Bihu is one of the most popular festival is observed with immense joy and gaiety in the the state of Assam. Celebrated to mark the change of season, it is celebrated thrice a year.

Pongal is an ancient festival of people in South India particularly Tamils. The history of the festival can be traced back to the Sangam Age i.e. 200 B.C. To 300 A.D. Although, Pongal originated as a Dravidian Harvest festival and has a mention in Sanskrit Puranas, historians identify the festival with the Thai Un and Thai Niradal which are believed to have been celebrated during the Sangam Age.. The celebrations of Sangam Era led to today's Pongal celebrations. As part of the festivities, maidens of the Sangam era observed 'Pavai Nonbu' at the time of Thai Niradal which was a major festival during the reign of the Pallavas (4th to 8th Century AD). It was observed during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December-January). During this festival young girls prayed for rain and prosperity of the country. Throughout the month, they avoided milk and milk products. They would not oil their hair and refrained from using harsh words while speaking. Women used to bath early in the morning. They worshiped the idol of Goddess Katyayani, which would be carved out of wet sand. They ended their penance on the first day of the month of Thai (January-February). This penance was to bring abundant rains to flourish the paddy. These traditions and customs of ancient times gave rise to Pongal celebrations.
Bihu: The first of the three Bihus, is celebrated in the month of April coinciding with other harvest festivals like Sankranti, Chait or Baisakhi It is a time for rejoicing as well as praying for a bountiful harvest.The history of Bihu celebration can be traced to 3500 B.C., when it is was celebrated for around a month, in the present times, it is however celebrated for a week. Incessant dancing, singing mark the occasion. Dancing was earlier restricted only to men, but with the change in times, women folk is sometimes made a part of dancing. Some people observe lot of praying and fasting,a night before the beginning of the festive celebration.
Lohri: The history of Lohri, a seasonal festival of North India is as old as that of story of Indus Valley civilization itself. The Festival of Lohri marks the beginning of the end of winter and the coming of spring and the new year.
The fires lit at night, the hand warming, the song and dance and the coming together of an otherwise atomized community, are only some of the features of this festival.

32 comments:

Er. Nidhi Mishra January 14, 2009 at 8:03 PM  

dats so colorful pic specially last one n nice info

Dr. Pragya bajaj January 14, 2009 at 8:17 PM  

lovely captures gr8 presntation

Er. Snigddha Aggarwal January 14, 2009 at 8:23 PM  

yes agree its one when many festivals r celebrated in diffrnt ways

Anonymous,  January 14, 2009 at 8:24 PM  

some lovely captures

विनय January 14, 2009 at 8:37 PM  

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Anonymous,  January 14, 2009 at 9:50 PM  

nice post very beautiful n informative blog

R. Ramesh January 14, 2009 at 9:50 PM  

perfect timing and wonderful post...thanks Dr 4 passing by my blog..do stay connected..and best wishes to your, friends, near and dear ones..

Ritu January 14, 2009 at 10:13 PM  

elephant pic very nice..good post

Anonymous,  January 15, 2009 at 12:05 AM  

those r nice pics & text content

Rashmi Yadav January 15, 2009 at 4:11 AM  

nice post some beautiful pics...last photo is nice

Dr. Aradhna Awasthi January 15, 2009 at 7:00 AM  

Some of you may be wondering, ‘How does Swami arrange these elaborate festivals and functions? Who does He charge with the various items of work?’”

magiceye January 15, 2009 at 10:05 AM  

beautiful pictures and delineation of our festivals!

Amit January 15, 2009 at 10:16 PM  

nice and beautiful pics...

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