Culture & Tradition of India

India boasts of strong culture & traditions. This category introduces you to different aspects of Indian cultural traditions.

Mothers Day Proclamation: Julia Ward Howe

Mothers Day Proclamation: Julia Ward Howe

Mothers Day Proclamation: This powerful Proclamation was made by Julia Ward Howe in the advocacy for the need of official celebration of Mother’s Day in Boston, United States of America in 1870. Miss Howe was the first person in US to recognize the need for Mother’s Day holiday. She was successful in raising awareness amongst the masses and pushing her …

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Eid-ul-Fitr Festive mood grips Srinagar Valley

Eid-ul-Fitr Festive mood grips Srinagar Valley

Festive mood gripped the entire Kashmir valley, as Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated. Eid-ul-Fitr Festive mood grips Srinagar Valley: While people were seen thronging the marketplaces for last-minute shopping, others were seen rushing home early ahead of the festive occasion. Maximum rush of shoppers was witnessed at the bakery and butcher shops. Most of the offices, especially the government ones, wore …

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Jain Holidays and Observances

Jain Holidays and Observances: Jain Culture & Traditions

Jain Holidays and Observances: The most famous of all Jain festivals, Mastakabhisheka (“Head Anointment”), is performed every 12 years at the Digambara sacred complex at Shravanabelagola (“White Lake of the Ascetics”) in Karnataka state. In this ceremony the 57-foot- (17-metre-) high statue of Bahubali is anointed from above with a variety of substances (water, milk, flowers, etc.) in the presence …

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Brief Introduction to Jainism: Culture & Traditions

Brief Introduction to Jainism: Culture & Traditions

Brief Introduction to Jainism: The word “Jain” is derived from Jina (“Victor,” or “Conqueror”) implying final victory over bondage to life’s misery. Jainism has the universal message of nonviolence. The absence of a creator god in Jainism can be understood as a reaction against the nature worship of early Vedic religion, the priestly order of Brahmanism, and the theology of …

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Jainism at A Glance: Jain beliefs and practices

Jainism at A Glance: Jain beliefs and practices

Jainism at A Glance: Jainism is an ancient religion from India that teaches that the way to liberation and bliss is to live lives of harmlessness and renunciation. The essence of Jainism is concern for the welfare of every being in the universe and for the health of the universe itself. Jainism at A Glance: Most Jains live in India, …

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Mahavir Jayanti Celebration in Jain Community

Mahavir Jayanti Celebration: Jain Culture & Traditions

Mahavir Jayanti is the most auspicious day for the followers of Jainism and particularly the Digambars. On Mahavir Jayanti, Jain temples are decorated with flags. In the morning the idol of Mahavira is given a ceremonial bath called the ‘Abhishek’. It is then placed in a cradle and carried in a procession around the neighborhood. The devotees make offerings of …

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When is Ramadan: Date, Observance, Charity

When is Ramadan 2017? Date, Observance, Celebration

Ramadan this year, like all Ramadan observances, will occur during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Ramadan typically lasts for 29 – 30 days. Ramadan dates will vary from year to year because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar calendar, which is several days shorter than the solar calendar. The sighting of the moon marks the beginning …

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