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Most Colorful Festival Pohela Boishakh of West Bengal 2017

Pohela or Poyla Boishakh marks the beginning of the Bengali New Year. Though from Durga Puja to Id, and Christmas to Book Fair, Bengalis have been known to have a big heart and be a part of all kind of festivities, be it religious or social. But Poyla Boishakh has a different charm. It is not observed with the extravaganza of Durga Puja, for sure, but everyone celebrate it in their own ways- subtle and cozy. Let us know some more things about the favorite festival of Bengali- Poyla Boishakh.

  1. Poila Boishakh falls on 14th or 15th April and is called Naba Barsho. Many regions in India observe New Year Day around this time. Baisakhi in Punjab, Maha Vishubha Pana Sankranti in Odisha, Vishu in Kerala, Rongali Bihu in Assam and the list goes on. In the morning, pujas are performed. Prabhat feri or morning processions are organized. Men, women, children and old people walk around their locality singing Tagore songs. Kids wear new clothes. Afternoon means wholesome lunch with all Bengali delicacies. Evening is left for some outdoor activities like meeting with relatives, friends and dear ones.
  2. Dressing is very important today on this particular day. Even those who do not get to wear authentic Bengali wear lovingly and zealously drape Bengali tant and handloom sarees, team it with custom jewelry that represent Bengali craft like terracotta, wooden beads etc. You will find men dressed in kurta-pyjama- a typical urban Bengali male wear. Thanks to rising fashion sense and social media hype, people have started taking Bengali festivals even more seriously. People dressed beautifully is truly a treat to eyes. Even the scorching sun fails to dampen the spirit of urban Bengali especially young crowd.

    Beautiful Tant Cotton Sarees for Summer Festive Wear
    Beautiful Tant Cotton Sarees for Summer Festive Wear
  3. Restaurants turn Bengali on these days. Elaborate Poyla Boishakh menu will keep you drooling just with its teasers. Advertisements are posted from 15 days with description of the items introduced especially for Poila Boishakh. Restaurants like Aheli, Bhajohori Manna, Oh Calcutta! and Sholo Aana Bangali compete to serve the finest but exclusive Bengali delicacies like Daab Chingri, aampora shorbot, paturi, chital machher muithha etc. Even in every household, there is a gastronomic explosion where every mother wants to serve the best for the family members. Mutton, hilsa, prawns etc are high on demand on this particular day.
  4. This is a very important day for the business. Bengali tradesmen and shopkeepers open new ledger on this day. They perform special puja of Lakshmi and Ganesh to mark this new beginning. This is called Haal Khata. Customers are invited and treated with gifts and snacks. On the day of Haal Khata, old books are closed and new ones are opened. Customers are expected to clear their debts and start afresh in the new book. Established big businessmen throw lavish party on this day. This custom was started by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1584 with an intention to ease taxation on tradesmen. The literal meaning of Haal Khata means updating ledger. Other than West Bengal, it is also celebrated in Tripura and Bangladesh.
  5. Bengalis are culturally inclined people, so music and dance programs are an integral part of Pohela Boishakh celebration. Rabindra Sangeet is an integral part of this festivity. Cultural functions are organized by societies, clubs and organizations where everyone performs. This has almost become a tradition. Though in big cities, celebrations revolve around visiting shopping malls and dining out. But there are still people, especially in suburbs and small towns of West Bengal for whom Pohela Boishakh and such cultural programs are synonymous.

Pohela Boishakh is undoubtedly a very vibrant festival and you don’t need to be a Bengali to feel it’s true essence. There is something in the air which makes everyone a part of it.

Rock This Ugadi Festival with These Traditional Ikat Sarees

Thirteen festivals in twelve months give us, the women, a good reason to buy and flaunt new sarees. And why not, when the rich and varied heritage of India gives us a multitude of options in terms of sarees! Have you ever thought how many kinds of sarees are found in all over India? You can bet that you don’t own more than 1%-2% of them. There is no dearth of designer sarees and each of them looks exclusive and fashionable. But appeal of Indian traditional sarees does not need any introduction. Ikat is one such variety. And since Ugadi, the new year of Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Karnataka and spring festival in Maharashtra, is not far away, why not rock this Ugadi festival with these traditional Ikat sarees.

  1. With uttering the word Ikat, first image that pops up in our mind, is that of a box checked saree in maroon, black and white. This is the ultimate traditional Ikat saree. You will get this design in both cotton and silk. If you do not belong to Andhra, Telengana or Maharashtra and have been invited for Ugadi festival, you can wear this saree as a mark of solidarity. Your thoughtfulness as well as style would be appreciated by one and all.
  2. One of the most popular colour combination in Ikat sarees is blue and red. The typical motif which is the signature of this kind of saree is there all over the body and pallu. Body of the saree is in blue while border and pallu is red or maroon with golden thread work as well. This can be worn for wedding or other traditional parties. You can enjoy the limelight because the woven sarees, though look same due to their patterns, but are exclusive. It is like a chef making sweets where each one looks and tastes same but requires exclusive and absolute attention.

    Traditional Ikat Sarees for Ugadi Festival
    Famous Ugadi Festival
  3. When you are celebrating Ugadi as your main festival, what you wear should be the best. After all, you are beckoning a new start. So, here is a special saree for the special day- a red and golden silk saree. The entire saree is red with small cream motifs all over the body while the border is of solid tissue zari. The pallu is gorgeous red with golden stripes and temple patterns. When you team this saree with traditional gold jewellery, you are surely going to be the show stopper.
  4. For some casual Ugadi get together, cotton Ikat sarees make a perfect wear. This time of the year is quite hot in these regions. So pick up a lavender colour saree with small Raj Kot designs all over the body and simple off white and baby pink border and pallu. This saree is in one word comfort with style.
  5. Try black Ikat with yellow and red pallu. It is simplicity at its best. The all over black body has sparse off white dots within faint off white checks. There is no border. But the pallu is in solid yellow with big bold red square within. Undoubtedly, this saree is simple, stylish and comfortable. When you are holding veneration for Ugadi, you must wear something comfortable to carry it off till end.

So, these were five best Ikat sarees, both in silk and cotton. If you still don’t have one in your collection, this is the right time. No matter you are from Andhra region or not, you can always wear the signature saree of the region to celebrate Ugadi. Isn’t this is a great excuse to add another traditional Indian saree in your exclusive collection.

What are the best 5 Traditional wears for Diwali festival?

Diwali is the time of the year when friends and family get together to have a great time. It is the time when people celebrate the joy of good over evil, of light over darkness. One of the best ways to make this time of year count is by choosing clothes that really make you look good and bring you the happiness you deserve. If you are looking to create a dynamic impact this festive season, you need to shop for clothes that are ethnic and yet unique in their own ways. Here are the best 5 traditional wears that you can opt for this Diwali to look different.

Look different with short kurtas

One of the major style trends that can be seen in this Diwali is that of experimentation. While at one point of time it was okay to combine a Patiala salwar along with a well chosen full length kurta, nowadays short kurtas are very much the in-thing. These short kurtas are quite high on style quotient and can be worn easily with a salwar. In this festive season, short kurtas that are adorned with embellishments and motifs are going to be more popular than ever before. You can complete your attire by choosing a nice and trendy dupatta that perfectly complements your salwar and kurta. The best colors to choose for this look are the bright ones, such as dark orange, blue, green, pink and other similar such hues.

Maxi dresses and gowns can bring sheer elegance

If you are looking for versatile clothing options, then you can certainly go with gowns and maxi dresses got this year’s Diwali celebrations. You can try an Indo-Western fusion dress that brings a hint of modernity and class to your outfit while at the same time keeps your look’s traditional quotient intact. Alternately, you can also carry out full-fledged experiments with colorful maxi dresses that add to your individual style.

Gorgeous Silk Sarees for Diwali
Gorgeous Silk Sarees for Diwali

Choose velvet garments to highlight your look

One of the style trends that are going to make headlines this year is that of velvet. A velvet garment can not only add charisma and grandeur to the outfit, but also provide with a lot of depth. You can choose a nice velvet blouse to go with your saree to look charming and exquisite during this year’s Diwali celebrations.

Long skirts make way for this year’s Diwali wardrobe

Do you like to wear garments that are long and elegant? Then try out something different this year. While Anarkali suits have been the most popular clothing items as far as ethnic dressing is concerned, it is time for you to look for a new way to express your true beauty. So go ahead and choose long skirts to define your look this season. These skirts come in numerous striking designs and embroideries that create a traditional yet classy look. While choosing long skirts, always look for the ones with bold colors. You can combine them with loose-fitting kurtas as well as chic jewelry to stand out in a crowd.

Go for heels for best walking comfort

No matter what clothing item you choose for the festive occasion of Diwali, you should also focus your energies on getting the trendiest heels so that you have no worries when you need to strut in style. It is always best to opt for heels during the festive season as you can walk with elegance no matter what you wear and stand out from the others. You can also choose to experiment with different types of heels such as high-heeled stilettos or wedges and find out which of them best suits your walking style and posture.

What are the common protection need to take during Diwali in India?

Diwali or the festival of lights is one of the most important times of the year when people and families get together and celebrate the auspicious event with a lot of sweets, good wishes and of course firecrackers. Plenty of preparations are made from several weeks ahead to make sure that the ceremony of Diwali is enjoyed by each and every member of the family. However, in this beautiful occasion one also needs to take special precautions to make sure that he or she can have fun in a safe and secure manner. Here are some ways in which one can celebrate Diwali and yet avoid any kind of health problems or injuries.

  • Burning crackers is one of the most engaging activities that people of all ages love to indulge in during this time of the year. However, care should be taken so that there are no fire injuries. While handling fireworks like sparklers, one should handle it properly and keep it as far as possible from the body so that the sparks do not touch the skin, clothes or hit the eyes.
  • While playing with crackers, a person should not wear synthetic or silk clothing as they can easily catch fire. Instead, he or she should stick to cotton clothing only as they are less prone to catch fire immediately.
  • Many types of crackers actually produce harmful smoke that can cause serious harm to the lungs if breathed inside. These crackers actually cause serious pollution which can have long term devastating effects. It is always better to stay away from those cracks and focus on the ones that produce as less smoke as possible.
  • If you are an adult, then it is imperative to say that you should supervise your kids while they are playing with fire crackers. This can greatly reduce the chances of accidents taking place.

    Deepawali or Diwali is a festival of lights
    Deepawali or Diwali is a festival of lights
  • It is necessary to use slippers or footwear while burning crackers as the sparks emanated from the crackers can injure the foot. Sometimes particles are emanated from the burnt crackers which can injure the feet of a person when he or she unknowingly steps on them.
  • There are specific firecrackers that cause a lot of noise pollution. If possible, it is better to stay away from these crackers. However, even if a person prefers to light them up, it is always better to make use of cotton plugs for ears that would offer protection from possible deafness.
  • Firecrackers should not be played with in roadsides or crowded areas as they can easily cause harm to bystanders as well as the general public.
  • Special care should be taken so that the crackers do not cause damage to any personal or private property.
  • Sweets are some of the most popular dishes that are exchanged and consumed by people. However, it is better to consume as little amount of these sweet delicacies as possible since most people in India are genetically susceptible to diabetes.
  • The sweet dishes that make use of chemical preservatives should be avoided as well if one is keen on maintaining good health. These preservatives can cause major damage to the liver and kidneys.
  • Sweets that make use of silver coating should be strictly avoided as well. The foils are frequently adulterated by aluminum which is a hazardous material. When enough amount of aluminum enters our system, it can accumulate in the body tissues and also affect the brain.

It is always ideal to stay away from alcohol during this special day as you may need to drive your car or light up some crackers, and in either cases you must maintain your complete conscious awareness.

Why people visit Lord Shiv Temple at the month of “Shravan”?

India is often known as the land of festivals since many different types of religious ceremonies are held here all throughout the year. These religious events are believed to bring good luck and blessing of the gods. The month of Shravan is considered to be particularly important for Lord Shiva. Shravan usually falls around the Western calendar months of July and August every year. Ever since the ancient times, Shravan has been considered as an auspicious time by the people. It has also been highly revered in the scriptures as well. The Shravan Nakshatra is considered as the birth star of Lord Vishnu, which falls on the day of full moon on this time. Due to this reason, this month is referred to as the month of Shravan.

On the days of this month, special rituals and prayers are carried out in the temples of Lord Shiva. The Mondays are particularly considered important as on these days Lord Shiva is worshiped with great devotion and austerity. People visit the temples of Lord Shiva in the evenings on this holy month and offer abhishekam and flowers to obtain a happy and prosperous life. The month of Shravan is also the time when the Kanvar Yatra takes place to the Hindu pilgrimage places of Gaumukh, Haridwar and Gangotri in the Uttarakhand region. Among the Indian festivals that are held in awe and respect of lord Shiva, this one deserves special mention as it is one of the most important pilgrimages taken by the Hindu people who visit the shrines and temples of Lord Shiva to offer the Holy water of Rive Ganga to Lord Shiva. Some of the specific temples that see maximum footfall during this time of the year is Kashi Vishwanath, Devghar and Baidyanath.

Devotees offer prayers to Lord Shiva
Devotees offer prayers to Lord Shiva

In mythology, it is said that during this time Lord Shiva drank poisonous Halahala which was released at the time of Samudra Manthan between Devas and the Asuras for the ultimate quest of Holy nectar Amrita or ambrosia. At the time of this great Samudra Manthan, numerous valuables were released by the ocean, such as cows, gemstones, riches, conch, the Moon and other specialties that were taken up by the gods and demons. It is said that fourteen different forms of gems were released by the ocean which were taken by the gods and demons. However, when the ocean released Halahala, the deadliest poison, everyone cringed back as this was too deadly to destroy all the universes. It was during this time that Shiva came forward and decided to consume the poison to save the whole world from destruction. His wife saw him consuming the deadly poison and held his throat so that the poison won’t just go down. This turned his throat blue and from that time onwards Lord Shiva was also known as Neelkantha.

Devotees of Lord Shiva commemorate this special event on the event of the month of Shravan by taking part in devotional acts like worshiping Shiva, performing meditation, Sadhanas and singing bhajans or holy hymns at Shiva temples or in homes. Mondays are specifically dedicated to Lord Shiva. Tuesdays are used by women for worshiping Gauri for better health of family members. Wednesdays are dedicated for the worship ping of Vithala which is an incarnation of Krishna or Vishnu. The Thursdays are held for worshiping Guru and Buddh and the Fridays are reserved for worshiping Tulsi and Lakshmi. The Saturdays are meant for worshiping Shani Devata and Sundays are meant to revere the Sun God. Worshiping all the Gods in this way on the month of Shravan can bring good luck and happiness to all members of the family.

State-wise Holi Celebration and Traditional Clothes for Holi

Holi is one of the most celebrated festivals of India. However, there are different names and significance with which it is celebrated all over the country. It is celebrated in month of Falgun and commemorates good harvest and fertility. Since it is observed at the time of harvest, it is also celebrated as the harvest festival. Here is a brief account of how is Holi celebrated in different states.

  • Holi is perceived as a festival of colours. It is so because most of the northern and eastern states of India celebrate it with colours. UP, Delhi and Bihar observes it with most vigour and vibrant way. The day before Holi, a bonfire is lighted with the wood of Holika and Redi trees, cow dung cakes, dried hay and unwanted leaves. A clay model of Holika and Prahlad is put in the bonfire. This is called Holika-dahan which originates from the mythology of demon king Hiranyakashipu and his devout son Prahlad. Holi is celebrated next day with dry and wet colours. Special puja of Lord Krishna and Radha is done in the morning. People of all age groups participate in this fun filled festival. Music is an integral part of Holi. Faag in Bihar, or Baithki Holi and Khari Holi in Uttarakhand make the ambience perfect for celebration. Different sweets like malpua, rabdi, thandai, etc and savouries like pakoda, dahi vada are the main attraction of Holi in these regions.

    Holi: One of the biggest festival in India
    Holi: One of the biggest festival in India
  • Holi is more of a religious festival in West Bengal and Odisha where it is known as Dol-Jatra and Dola respectively. While in Bengal, the idols of Krishna and Radha are placed on a decorated swing (dol-na in Bengali), in Odisha Jagannath Dev takes the centre stage along with His companions Balbhadra and Subhadra. Processions are made with these deities. In both the states, people play with ‘abir’or ‘gulaal’ once the puja is over. Holi is called Dol jatra in Assam as well where Holika-dahan is observed a day before and Holi is played with powdered dry colours.
  • Punjab and Himachal Pradesh- In these states, the courtyards and walls are decorated with beautiful patterns called chowk-purana. Holika dahan is preceded by throwing colours on the Holi-day.
  • Karnataka- Holi is Kaamna Habba in Karnataka where they commemorate the sacrifice of Kaamdeva (Cupid of Indian mythology who became a victim of the wrath of Lord Shiva). This is essentially a festival of boys who would loiter around the neighbourhood for a week collecting woods and cow dung cake for Kaamdahan.
  • In Tamil Nadu, vasantotsavam is of quite significance, as it is the day when Goddess Mahalakshmi appeared from ‘samudramanthanam’ or churning of ocean. Also, on this day many mythological characters had got married. So, temples are decorated beautifully, traditional music and dance is performed and special puja is offered. Colours are also an important part of vasantotsavam or festival of spring.

There is no specific dress code for Holi. While offering pujas and cultural celebrations, new or clean traditional dresses are worn. Women wear salwar kameez, saree or long skirts while men stick to kurta-pyjama or dhoti. However, while playing Holi, they change to some light coloured old cloth which is ready to be discarded. Light colour is preferred because it testifies how much colour you have played with. It is advised to women not wear any transparent or sheer dress to avoid any kind of embarrassment. Suede, velvet, leather or any expensive footwear is a strict no on this occasion. Rubber or plastic made bathroom slippers are the best choice. This way you will be comfortable and your favourite footwear would be saved from colours too.

What Not to Wear as Clothes for any Indian Festival

India is a land of festivals. With so many communities cohabiting together, the title is so apt. In local language, a popular adage goes as “thirteen festivals in twelve months”. And it is such a fact. Dussehra, Deepawali, Id, Christmas, Guru Nanak’s Birthday, Holi, etc are some of the names which are celebrated on national basis. And there are the lesser known local ones as well. Every festival has its own special delicacies and dress codes. Let us discuss the clothes for Indian festivals and also the ones that are to be avoided on these few days.

Cultural upbringing suggests men and women should wear formal and traditional Indian clothes on festivals. With so many diversities, clothing differs as well. Yet, saree, lehenga choli and salwar kameez are dominated clothing lines for women. Traditional wear for men include dhoti and kurta pyjama. In southern India, mundaveshti, lungi and pavda are regional dresses. However, southern India especially Tamil Nadu and Karnataka produces best silk in the country which is the main fabric of the clothes for any Indian festivals, weddings and formal occasions.

Traditional Patachitra Saree for Indian Festivals Wear
Traditional Patachitra Saree for Indian Festivals Wear

It is not expected from men and women to wear casual and western dresses on Indian festivals.  There are different festivals celebrated all year through. And Indian clothing line is shared in all distinct communities. While women are expected to wear sarees for Hindu festivals, but young girls wear salwar and churidar kurta too. Senior men wear dhoti, kurta and young guns wear kurta pyjama or sherwani. In Muslim and Punjabi festivals, women mostly wear salwar kameez and lehenga. But saree being primary clothes for any Indian festival, it is worn as well. However, men wear kurta with pyjama or salwar. But with so many designers reviving the basic Indian clothing line, youngsters love wearing dhoti too.

Festivals are religious gatherings and it is not expected from anyone to wear skimpy or rogue dresses that do not go well with our culture. Often seniors of the family feel offended on juniors’ choice of wrong clothes for such occasions. All year through, they wear dresses as per the dress code of their school, colleges or offices. On social gatherings too, they can wear western dresses but code for clothes for any Indian festival has to be Indian traditional wear. It may create a lot of storm in the tea cup, but the fact is you cannot feel one with the essence of festivities if you don’t wear Indian traditional wear.

However, there are some dresses that can cause hazards too. For example, on Diwali, one should not wear synthetic or silk fabrics. Diwali is the festival of lights and crackers. Synthetic and silk materials catch fire and spread easily. Indian wear always have some flowing ends like pallu or dupatta which can be hazardous, if not handled properly. So, recommended wears on this festival is anything in cotton. This fabric is comfortable and safe. It is true that cotton wear does not have the same glamour quotient like those in silk, georgettes, chiffons etc. If you want to wear the traditional wears in these fabrics, you have to take utmost care in not being careless at any point of time when you are near the lamps or crackers.

With so many diversities, Indian culture is very open but at the same time it is quite sensitive too. So, choose your clothes for any Indian festival ensuring it does not hurt the sentiment of the celebrations as well as people celebrating it. Indian festivals mean dancing and fun. So pin up and fix your dupatta and pallu properly. This way it will be no longer hazardous either. And you will ready to enjoy the grandeur in your clothes for any Indian festival.

Send Raksha Bandhan Gifts through Online

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu occasion that celebrates the love and responsibility between brothers and sisters; the celebration is also commonly used to celebrate any brother-sister connection between men and women who are family members or biologically not related. It is called Rakhi Purnima, or simply Rakhi, in many parts of India. The event is watched by Hindus, Jains, and many Sikhs. Raksha Bandhan is mainly watched in India, Mauritius and parts of Nepal. It is also celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs in parts of Pakistan, and by some people of Indian origin around the world.

Raksha Bandhan is an olden event, and has many myths and historic legends linked to it. Such as, the Rajput queens applied the tradition of sending rakhi threads to nearest rulers as token of brotherhood. On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a rakhi on her brother’s wrist. This represents the sister’s love and appeals for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s ultimate vow to defend her. The event falls on the full moon day of the Shravan month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar.

Handcrafted Patachitra Sarees Available Online for Raksha Bandhan Gifts
Handcrafted Patachitra Sarees Available Online for Raksha Bandhan Gifts

According to this myth, credited to Hindu scriptures Bhagavata Purana and Vishnu Purana, after Vishnu won the three worlds from the devil King Bali, he was asked by Bali that Vishnu reside in his palace, an appeal Vishnu allowed. Vishnu’s spouse, Goddess Lakshmi did not like the fort or his new found companionship with Bali, and preferred that her husband and she go back to Vaikuntha. So she visit to Bali, tied a Rakhi and made him a brother. Bali asked her what reward she wished. Lakshmi asked that Vishnu be opened from the appeal that he stays in Bali’s palace. Bali sanctioned, as well recognized her as his sister.

In this celebration every brother wants to send gift to their sister’s. But everytime it is not possible to present Raksha Bandhan Gift by hand. Now it is easy to send rakhi gift through online shopping store. We all know that Indian women always love to wear Sarees, so saree is the best gift from a brother to any sister. In this celebration Online Shopping Store presents some discount offers to send the gifts.

“Raksha Bandhan” The famous Hindu Festival

In Hindu culture many festivals are celebrated throughout the year, Raksha Bandhan is one of the important festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs community’s peoples in all over the India and also in other places of the globe where these community people are leaving.

Raksha Bandhan is a holy festival which was dedicated to brother and sisters. In this festival sisters tie a rakhi (a sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist, this shows the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, all sisters pray for their brother’s long life and simultaneously brothers vow to protect their sisters from every difficulties.

The literal meaning of Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit is “the tie or knot of protection”. Here brothers promise to their sisters to protect from any kinds of problem throughout the life.

Raksha Bandhan an auspicious event in India
Raksha Bandhan an auspicious event in India

According to Hindu mythologies Lord Krishna considered Draupadi or panchali as his sister. Once Krishna cut his finger while beheading Shishupal, Draupadi immediately tore off a piece of her sari and bandaged his cut. At that time Krishna said that she wrapped him in debt and he would repay each “thread” when the time arrives. And when Draupadi needed Krishna’s protection he appears and gave her unlimited cloth. This is the story of origin of this Raksha Bandhan festival according to Hindu people.

These are many other mythological stories are present those shows the importance of this holy festival Raksha Bandhan.

In different parts of India and Nepal people celebrate this festival with a heart full of joy. Sisters tie a Raksha on his brother hand and brothers giving a goft to her sisters. Every year this festival falls on the full moon day (Shravan Poornima) of the Shravan month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar.

So these are some things about the famous Hindu festivals of India Raksha Bandhan.

Different Festivals and Festival Shopping in India

A festival is a special occasion of celebration in which people are gathered together and celebrate with their friends and family members. These are many different types of festivals are celebrated in different communities. Such as in Hindu, Muslim, Christian etc are celebrating their own festivals. In different communities the name if the festivals are different, the way of celebrating the festivals are also different but these are some things are same in all, like wearing good cloths during festivals and preparing good, delicious food during festivals are same in all cultures.

Patachitra Saree: One of the famous Festival wear in India
Patachitra Saree: One of the famous Festival wear in India

Festivals are categories in different ways, some of the categories of festivals are:

  1. Religious festivals: these are many religions are present in all over the world, the festivals those are related to religions are known as Religious festivals.
  2. Arts festivals: these arts festivals are including ones that showcase intellectual or creative achievement. Example of the art festivals are science festivals, literary festivals and music festivals etc.
  3. Food and drink festivals: the festivals those are related to the food are known as food festivals. Galway International Oyster Festival in Ireland is best example of the food festival.
  4. Seasonal and harvest festivals: these Seasonal and harvest festivals are celebrated in some special times in the year. According to the season these festivals are celebrated, those festivals are celebrated in summer are called summer festivals and others as well.

In India also many festivals are celebrated in different ways. In India these are many cultures and traditions people are leaving so many types of festivals are celebrated here.

In festivals the many requirement of people are good food and good cloths, so most of the people preferring shopping during festivals times. In India now day’s people prefer online shopping technology for different types of festival shopping. As the online shopping sites providing many varieties of choices of products so the popularity of the online shopping sites are going on increasing day by day.

So these are some things about the different festivals and festival shopping in India.

Famous Indian Festival Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya is a very famous and important festival in India. This Akshaya Tritiya festival is also known as the name Akha Teej, this is a holy day for peoples of Hindus and Jains communities. Generally it falls on the month of Vaishakha, more specifically on the third Tithi (lunar day) of Bright Half (Shukla Paksha) of the pan-Indian month of Vaishakha.  We can say this is one of the four most important days for peoples of Hindus Jain Communities. According to Hindu mythologies, It is an auspicious day of the birthday of Lord Parasurama.  Lord Parasurama is the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Another thing is on this day Veda Vyas and Lord Ganesha begins witting Mahakabya Mahabharata, Which is very important in Hindu dharma.

Happy Akshaya Tritiya
Happy Akshaya Tritiya

The word Akshaya Tritiya is a combination of tow words, one is “Akshaya” means the never diminishing in Sanskrit language and the day is believed to bring good luck and success. It is believed that if you do charity on this day you will be blessed by Gods.

On Akshay Tritiya, Mrutika worshiped. As in India many farmers are leaving and they all depending on farming for caring out their life. So it’s the festival of the farmers where they go to their farms and worship the work field. They also worship Maa laxmi (Lord of Money) in Hindu monuments. This Akshay Tritiya is the day when farmers are starting farming; they began the work on this day.  The day is considered auspicious for starting new ventures. The legend is that any venture initiated on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya continues to grow and bring prosperity. Hence, new ventures, like starting a business, construction, etc. is performed on Akshaya Tritiya.

Another important thing is the Akshay Tritiya was the day when Vyasa started writing the history of the great Bharat war in the form of an epic Mahabharata. This day is symbolized by Lord Vishnu. According to Hindu mythology, on this day the Treta Yuga began and the river Ganges, the most sacred river of India, descended to the earth from the heaven. So this day is very important, and also it is the day that Goddess Annapoorna devi was born. So people of Hindu community celebrate this day with full of joy.

Celebrating Happy New Year All Over The World

End of the countdown and today we are all celebrating another Happy New Year. Wish you all the best. Now this time we are all busy with this carnival. Some are enjoing party, some are enjoing long drive, some are enjoing family vacasions etc etc. After some days we will be back in track, I mean in our regular life. With a brand new resolution for the year ahead.

So enjoy with your friends and family in this new year’s eve. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015.

Happy New Year 2015
Happy New Year 2015