As we have begun our countdown to the year, we have already calculated the number of long weekends the year is going to bless us with.
OMG! we have got freaking 16 this time! So, get on to vacation planning and ticket booking. Pre-planning never harmed anyone, has it? The bonus it provides: You save half your costing!
The day of Basant Panchami is considered as the beginning of life. This day is the day of arrival of happiness. The season of spring is the season of rebirth and renewal. In this season, fields of yellow mustard charm everyone’s heart. Colorful flowers start blooming. The day of Basant Panchami is celebrated as the welcoming of colors and happiness.
The color yellow is perhaps the most prominent feature on Vasant Panchami. Yellow colored clothes, foods (like saffron rice), flowers (mustard) and sweets (with kesar) are the traditional norm on this day.
According to Hindu mythology, Mahashivratri is Lord Shiva's favourite day so by worshipping Lord Shiva on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri one can attain his blessings very easily.
The festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bael leaves to lord Siva, all-day fasting and an all-night-long vigil. People in India generally observe fast on this day. The devotees chant 'Om Namah Shivay' mantra & penances are performed in order to gain boons in the practice of Yoga and meditation. The planetary position on this day, act as potent catalysts to upgrade spiritual energies of the devotee. It proves highly beneficial to chant Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra on this night.
Holi is an ancient Indian festival. It is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun. Two functions are celebrated on Holi: one is Holika Dahan and the other is Dhulendi i.e. the day of playing with colours and making everyone colourful. Actually this festival of colors is associated with Lord Krishna, who in his childhood played with Gopis and Gopas in Vrindavan.
Festival of Burning of Holika (Holika Dahan) is celebrated on the Poornima(Full Moon Day) falling during Pradosh (Sun Set time). If Poornima falling during Pradosh get extended to two days then it is celebrated on second day and if on both the days it does not fall during Pradosh then it is celebrated on the first day.
Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti is the greatest festival of Buddhists all over the world. Buddha Purnima memorializes and celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha. It is believed that Lord Buddha was born and left the world on the same date after living for eighty years. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Vaishakha, a month in the Hindu calendar.
Buddha Purnima is celebrated everywhere and in Bodh Gaya, pilgrims from all around the world come on this occasion. Prayers and sermons are held and processions are taken out that day. Group meditation is done and people worshipping the statue of Buddha fill in the environment with complete devotion and dedication.
In India, there are many popular places for Muslims to congregate to perform Eid prayers at this time include the Jama Masjid in Delhi, Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, Aishbagh Idgah in Lucknow, Red Road and Nakhoda Masjid in Kolkata, Taj-ul Masjid in Bhopal, Jama Mosque in Mumbai, Hajratbal Mosque in Kashmir.
Celebrations in India and the rest of the Indian subcontinent share many similarities with regional variations, because a large part of the Indian subcontinent was ruled as one nation during the days of the Mughal Empire and British Raj. The night before Eid is called Chaand Raat, which means, "Night of the Moon". Muslims in these countries will often visit bazaars and shopping malls with their families for Eid shopping. Women, especially younger girls, often apply the traditional Mehndi, or henna, on their hands and feet and wear colourful bangles.
Independence Day of India is celebrated throughout India on 15th August every year with great splendor, joy and respect for Mother India. Many Indian cultural programmes are organized on the Independence Day. Indians dedicate this day to all those brave leaders and fighters who gave freedom to this golden bird on this day.
Children have a different perspective. They like this day because they get sweets and holiday after flag hoisting in their schools. The National Flag is hoisted by the Prime Minister of India on the ramparts of the Red Fort, Delhi after which his speech is followed. Other politicians hoist the flag in their constituencies.
The main significance of Janmashtami is to encourage goodwill and to discourage bad will. Krishna Jayanti also celebrates togetherness. The holy occasion brings people together, thus it signifies unity and faith.
Janmashtami is celebrated not only in India but also in Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. About eighty percent of the population of Nepal identify themselves as Hindus and celebrate Krishna Janmashtimi.
Devotees celebrate Janmashtami by fasting until midnight. They chant slokas from the Bhagvadgita and sing religious songs called bhajans. See Ganesh Chaturthi
Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday celebrated in India to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the "Father of the Nation". Though the title is not officially declared, as the Constitution of India does not permit a father of nation, it is mostly conferred to him.
Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated yearly on 2 October. It is one of the three official declared national holidays of India, observed in all of its states and union territories. The other two are Independence Day (15 August) and Republic Day (26 January).
Gandhi Jayanti is marked by prayer services and tributes all over India, especially at Raj Ghat, Gandhi's memorial in New Delhi where he was cremated.
It is believed that Goddess Laxmi visits everyhouse during Diwali and brings peace and prosperity to all. On the night of Diwali "Lakshmi-Pujan" is performed in the evening. A traditional Pujan is performed after sunset in all the homes and Lord Ganesha and Laxmi are worshipped along with Saraswati and Kali.
Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.
Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated culturally by a large number of non-Christian people, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.