Jaipur Rugs-Business with a heart

Design has been an integral part our lives since the starting. It’s pervasiveness is such that we are unconsciously captivated and intrigued by the articles/objects with the perfect balance of design, colour and texture. It was this balance, which drew Culture Chauraha’s eyes towards Jaipur Rugs at the India Design Fair, 2017. As we walked towards…

Celebrating Govardhan – a day after Diwali

 Krishna lifting the Govardhan mountain on his little finger. Govardhan is a mountain in Vrindavan near Mathura in India where Lord Krishna was born. The day after Diwali is celebrated as Govardhan. The story/myth behind the celebration is very interesting. A long time ago Vrindavan was a village kingdom. The inhabitants were mostly farmers and…

Navratri…. Celebrating the Girl Child

The fabric of our society and religion is woven with reverence, regard and worship for the female energy.  So what is going awry that is ripping this fabric apart……..!!   Navaratri celebrates the power of the female goddess in all her manifestations. This festival is celebrated all over India in the months of October /…

Jagannath Yatra Celebrations

In India festivals are colourful celebrations full of rituals, legends and myths. Food cooked is very special and distinct for every festival.  It is according to the seasons and the harvest available at the time.  On 18th of July 2015 is the annual sojourn of Lord Krishna popularly known as Lord Jagannath from the temple…

Eid Mubarak

I love the festival of Eid. For me growing up in Army Cantonments, all festivals were awaited and celebrated with great gusto.  Being confused as to which Eid is to be celebrated when I was young, for me it was sewai Eid as I love the way Sewai  is cooked for Eid.  Eid ul Fitr is…

Happy Fathers Day

Father’s day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and this year it is on the 21st of June and is coinciding with the International Yoga Day. Today we live in the age of instant information and awareness of all that is happening around the world. Within minutes news travels.  We are truly a…

Celebrating Baisakhi.

 Dress the Figure Challange Any Indian festival is a community celebration and Baisakhi is no different. Punjabis as a community are colourful, full of vigour, 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…

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 is what contributes to our vivid culture.  On 28th of March this year we celebrate Ram Naumi or Ram’s birthday. The…

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…

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…