Tag Archives: Indian Festivals Significance & Importance

Muharram: Muslim Festival of Mourning

Muharram

Muharram is a Muslim festival of mourning observed in the first month of the Hijri Year. The Shia community in Particular celebrate it with great fervor and enthusiasm. Muslims, in general, observe fast, offer prayers, recite fatihas, and sing elegies in homage to the martyrs during the celebrations. On the final day Tajias are taken out in grand processions, accompanied …

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Muharram: Islamic Month of Mourning, Sacrifices

Muharram: Month of mourning

Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, begins with mourning processions all over the world. Muslims of Shia sect, in black attire, participate in the gatherings in which the sacrifices of Hussein and his companions are commemorated. Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was martyred in 680 AD by a group of 72 men, women and children in the …

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Snake Boat Race (Vallamkali) – Kerala

Snake Boat Race (Vallamkali) – Kerala Culture & Tradition

Snake Boat Race, known as Vallamkali in Kerala is the most captivating facet of the festival of Onam. It is also promoted as one of the major tourist attractions in the state and draws a lot of local, national as well as international crowd. Vamakalli or the boat race has now been an integral part of Kerala‘s identity and its …

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Eid el-Adha: Bakrid – Festival of Sacrifice

Eid el-Adha

Eid el-Adha – A ritual of sacrifice and thanksgiving announces a religious pilgrimage. Eid el-Adha is an officially observed religious holiday that precedes the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Islam‘s holiest sites. Eid el-Adha, is one of Islam’s most important celebrations, announcing the beginning of the Hajj, the celebrated yearly pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Muslims …

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Sant Gyaneshwar Jayanti Information For Hindus

Sant Gyaneshwar Jayanti 2017 - June 1

Full Name: Sant Gyaneshwar / Sant Dnyaneshwar, also referred to as Jnaneshwar, Jnanadeva, Dnyandev or Mauli; Dnyaneshwar Vitthalpant Kulkarni Born: Utpatti Ekadashi, 1275 CE Apegaon, Sevuna Samrajyam (present-day Paithan Taluka, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India) Died: 1296 CE (age 21) Alandi, Yadava kingdom (Pune District, Maharashtra, India) Philosophy: Advaita, Varkari Literary works: Dnyaneshwari, Amrutanubhav, Changdev Paasashti, Haripath, abhang devotional poetry Honors: Sant …

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Vrishabha Sankranti Information For Students

Vrishabha Sankranti

The transition of Sun from Mesha rashi to Vrishabha Rashi takes place during Vrishabha Sankranti or Vrushabha Sankraman. It is the beginning of Vrishabha season as mentioned in the solar calendar. The day is famously celebrated as Brusha Sankranti in Odisha. Rituals of Vrishabha Sankranti Gifting cows is considered to be auspicious on this festival. Devotees specially visit Lord Vishnu …

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Buddha Poornima Festival Information for Kids

Buddha Poornima

Buddha Poornima, which falls on the full moon night in the month of Vaisakha (either in April or May), commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, founder of Buddhism. Notwithstanding the summer heat (the temperature routinely touches 45 degrees C), pilgrims come from all over the world to Bodh Gaya to attend the Buddha Poornima celebrations. The day is marked …

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Ramzan Festival Information For Students

Ramzan (Id-Ul-Fitr)

Ramzan (Id-Ul-Fitr) – Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan The five basic tenets of Islam are: There is no God but Allah and Prophet Muhammad is his messenger. Offering of five daily prayers. Fasting during Ramadan. Paying Zakat, a compulsory annual tax of 2.5 per cent on savings and assets that is distributed among the poor. The Haj, …

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Jamat-Ul-Vida: Last Friday of Ramzan

Jamat-Ul-Vida 2017: Last Friday of Ramzan

Ramzan is the holy month wherein Muslims observe a fast. In this pious period, Jamat-Ul-Vida is an extremely auspicious day for Muslims. As per Islamic history and religion, it is the last ‘Jumma’ prayer of the month. In other words, it marks the last Friday of Ramzan. Etymologically, it arises from the words ‘juma’ and ‘wida’ which mean “gathering” and …

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Baisakhi Festival Information For Students

Baisakhi

Baisakhi festival derives its name from the month of Vaisakha (April-May) in which this day occurs. It invariably falls on the 13th of April every year,though once in 36 years it occurs on April 14th. On this day people bathe in the sacred tanks, rivers, pools and wells early in the morning, dress themselves in festival clothes, and visit shrines, …

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