Celebrating Baisakhi.

 Dress the Figure Challange Any Indian festival is a community celebration and Baisakhi is no different. Punjabis as a community are colorful, full of vigor, fun-loving, and equally brave. It is no wonder that when the last Guru of the Sikhs wanted to create the ‘Khalsa’ he asked these brave people to wear the 5…

Step by Step Decoration of Easter Eggs!

Easter is celebrated at a time when new life is sprouting after a long and hard winter. The tradition of Easter eggs is related to a long happy life, rebirth and immortality.  Easter Sunday falls on the day Jesus Christ Resurrected and so it is celebrated.  Different traditions are followed of painting eggs and decorating…

The story of Ram’s birth and the celebration!

Festivals and holidays are a part of our lives.  Almost every week we have a major or minor festival. Festivals are so woven in the fabric of our lives that their celebration and ritual are what contribute to our vivid culture.  On the 28th of March this year we celebrate Ram Naumi or Ram’s birthday….

The Hindu New Year !

The Hindu New Year is celebrated by different states of India on different days between March and April. These New Year Festivals follow the Hindu Lunar calendar and fall on different dates every year since it follows the movement of the moon. It is known by different names such as Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, Baisakhi…

Story of Holika-

Holi Celebrations have a number of legends related to it.  The most popular is the story of Holika and her nephew Prahlad. Once upon a time, there was a King called Hiranyakashap. This is a story from the Puranas.  Hiranyakashyap’s brother was killed by Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap was very angry at this. He wanted to…

Celebrating Holi – Happy Holi!

Holi is the celebration of spring and related to agriculture. Festivals for children are a time of fun and frolic. In our country, each festival is celebrated in its own set style.  Actually, Holi festivities start long before the festival arrives. All the food and snacks were then homemade. I don’t think we could buy…

Easy to Make Organic Holi Colours at Home

Holi is a festival of fun and frolic. We play with colours, but over the last so many years our colours have changed to chemicals. These chemical colours are harmful to our skin, system as well as environment. There has been an effort by a lot of people to create awareness and promote natural organic…

Maha Shivratri- The night of Shiva

We all celebrate the festival of Mahashivratri with fasting and cooking food which I feel is related to the crops harvested at this time. Don’t forget these festivals have been celebrated for centuries and the rituals and cultural practices vary from region to region. The variation may be slight but it is there as one…

Celebrating Basant Panchmi/ Saraswati Puja

Saraswati Puja or Basant Panchami as the name suggests is celebrated on the fifth day of Maghi Shukla Paksha, which usually falls in February. This year it falls on 25th January. It signifies the worship of Goddess Saraswati or the Goddess of Learning and Music as She holds the Veena in her hand. The puja…

Celebrating Makar Sankranti.

Makar Sankranti is the first  Hindu festival to be celebrated in a New Calendar Year. It is usually celebrated on 14th January. It is said that Kharmas is prevalent before that date which ends on that day and the sun enters Makar Rashi which is considered auspicious. It is called by different names in different…

Lohri

Lohri is celebrated on 13th of January every year. Actually on this day the Sun enters the Capricorn Zodiac  known as Makara.  Growing up in various cantonments all over India we celebrated all festivals with equal gusto. It never occurred to us whether a particular festival was Punjabi, Hindu, Muslim, North or South Indian. So…

Rangoli Tutorial

Irrespective of its name this art form is practised by the whole of India- rich and poor alike. This is an art form for all festivals and celebrations. The Rangoli design is created every day, hence you get a new rangoli with a new dawn. The method may be dry or wet and colours may…