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Lohiri
Lohiri
Lohiri festival is symbolic of the harvest of Rabi crops as well as the end of winter season. Lohiri is celebrated by people of Northern India, especially Punjab and Haryana. On this day, the harvested rabi fields and front yards of houses will be well lit up with flames of bonfires. Families and friends gather around this and sing folk songs about...

Lohiri

Lohiri festival is symbolic of the harvest of Rabi crops as well as the end of winter season. Lohiri is celebrated by people of Northern India, especially Punjab and Haryana. On this day, the harvested rabi fields and front yards of houses will be well lit up with flames of bonfires. Families and friends gather around this and sing folk songs about Dulha Bhatti, a Punjabi avatar of Robin Hood. They share sweets, have dinner with traditional dishes like dinner makki-ki-roti and sarson-ka-saag and also throw sweets, puffed rice and popcorn into flames. Children collects money by going house to house with songs and dance and the money collected will be used for merry making. Lohiri perfectly exemplifies Punjabi’s love for celebrations. Lohiri has a greater significance for families who have some happy events during the year gone by, like a marriage or the birth of a male child. Such families hosts feasts for their relatives and friends The traditional bhangra dance, dhol and gidda are the high lights of merry making. Lohiri stands for Makar Sankranti which is celebrated in some other parts of India. Geographically it is the day when the earth is on thefartest point from the sun, leaning towards the Tropic of Capricorn (Makar rekha). It is deemed as an auspicious time in The Bhagawad Gita. Across India, there are different versions of celebrations on this day -Pongal (Tamil Nadu), Bhugali Bihu (Assam), Bhogi (Andhra Pradesh) and Sankranti (Karnataka, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh).
Date: 2014-01-01
Location : Punjab
Maha Navami
Maha Navami
Mahanavami day has different significance in different parts of India. It is celebrated on the ninth day of Navratri festival. While North Indians worship Goddess Durga in the form of Aparajitha, in some parts Goddess Renuka or Matungi is worshipped. South Indians worship Goddess Saraswathy.

Several rituals are associated with navarathri in di...

Maha Navami

Mahanavami day has different significance in different parts of India. It is celebrated on the ninth day of Navratri festival. While North Indians worship Goddess Durga in the form of Aparajitha, in some parts Goddess Renuka or Matungi is worshipped. South Indians worship Goddess Saraswathy. Several rituals are associated with navarathri in different parts of India, especially by women. During Mahanavami day, South Indians, especially in Kerala, Ayudha(arms) Pooja is performed. Books, tools, musical instruments, etc are given at homes or temples for puja and people keeps away from works and studies on this day. On Vijaya dasami day, the day after Mahanavami, after prayers and puja, they start afresh. Vijaya dasami day is also considered as an auspicious day for new ventures. Navarathri festival concludes with the day succeeding MahaNavami. As it is the time of sugar cane harvest, sugar cane stalks will be offered to Goddess. In different states different lengends are associated with Maha Navami and so is the rituals associated with it.
Location : All over India
Cochin Carnival
Cochin Carnival
Cochin Carnival is a contemporary cultural pageantry held at Fort Kochi, Kerala during the last week of December. It is a lively festival dates back to the days of Portuguese rule. Today is an exciting event for the youth in Kochi as well as an impetus to Kerala Tourism.

This festival is attended by thousands of localites as well as foreigners w...

Cochin Carnival

Cochin Carnival is a contemporary cultural pageantry held at Fort Kochi, Kerala during the last week of December. It is a lively festival dates back to the days of Portuguese rule. Today is an exciting event for the youth in Kochi as well as an impetus to Kerala Tourism. This festival is attended by thousands of localites as well as foreigners who are in town for Christmas and New Year celebrations. More than traditional it is contemporary in nature. There will be a massive procession on the New Year day with several bands, tableaus, spectacular floats, folk art forms etc with the accompaniment of caparisoned elephants and percussion ensembles. The week long event will include several games, competitions, live performances, dance and musical nites, food festivals, beach events etc to enthrall the visitors and give a festive look for the entire Fort Kochi. As Kochi is a multi-cultural city, the Cochin Carnival is a meeting point of diverse cultures and appeals to all tastes.
Location : Cochin
Taj Mahotsav
Taj Mahotsav
This ten-daylong cultural extravaganza held at Agra, is a culturally rich event. It unites the finest Indian Crafts and performers in front of several lakhs of visitors. Taj Mahotsav usually occurs by mid of February and soaks the whole of Agra in a mood of festivity. Thousands of visitors come Agra to witness the event and all hotels will be booke...

Taj Mahotsav

This ten-daylong cultural extravaganza held at Agra, is a culturally rich event. It unites the finest Indian Crafts and performers in front of several lakhs of visitors. Taj Mahotsav usually occurs by mid of February and soaks the whole of Agra in a mood of festivity. Thousands of visitors come Agra to witness the event and all hotels will be booked in advance. There will be an extensive and non-stop display of traditional arts, crafts and culture of India. Folk music, shayari (poetry), ghazals, classical dance performances, safari on bedecked elephant safari, camel rides, game shows food festivals are all part of this festival. Renowned drum beaters, folk artisans, musicians, classical dancers, master craftsmen and poets from various Indian states gather here to recreate the glorious past of the Mughal empire. The permanent venue of the event is Shilpgram, near Tajmahal. Taj Mahotsav commences spectacular processions inspired by the bygone Mughal splendor. Marble works of Agra and Rajasthan, wood carvings of Saharanpur, brass and other metal wares from Moradabad, handmade carpets of Badohi, the pottery of Khurja, chickan-work of Lucknow, the silk of Banaras etc are the highlights of the event that have great demand among tourists. Soul-stirring performances by traditional folk artists of various states enchant thousands of art lovers. The folk art of Dundelkhand- 'Nautanki' (Drama), 'Sapera' dance of Rajasthan, Lavani of Maharashtra will be the highlights of the live performances. All performances will be strictly adhering to traditions. The Taj Mahotsav offers a true glimpse of the rich heritage and legacy of India.
Date: 2014-02-01
Location : Agra, Uttar Pradesh
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