The festival of lights

It’s the “Festival of Lights” today,
It’s again the day of Diwali,
It’s time to dress up folks,
It’s time to adorn the thali.

It’s the occasion to throng the temples,
Pray to the Gods and give them offerings,
It’s an opportunity to entreat the deities,
To bless us all and rid us of sufferings.

It’s the day to light the diyas,
Ignite the rockets and burst crackers,
But it’s also the time to be safe,
From the fireworks and all the sparklers.Read more at

It’s the season to pay a visit,
To all our friends and relations,
To hand them over sweets and presents,
Diwali is our splendid chance

It’s the “Festival of Lights” today,
It’s again the day of Diwali,
It’s time to dress up folks,
It’s time to adorn the thali.

It’s the occasion to throng the temples,
Pray to the Gods and give them offerings,
It’s an opportunity to entreat the deities,
To bless us all and rid us of sufferings.

It’s the day to light the diyas,
Ignite the rockets and burst crackers,
But it’s also the time to be safe,
From the fireworks and all the sparklers.

It’s the season to pay a visit,
To all our friends and relations,
To hand them over sweets and presents,
Diwali is our splendid chance

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Maha Navami: The belief

Navami is believed to be the last day of Goddess Durga’s fight with the buffalo demon Mahishasura. The battle that continued for days, ended on the tenth day, which we celebrate as Vijay Dashmi, on which Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In parts of Bengal, where Durga Puja is celebratedwith great gusto, pandals can be seen bustling with a huge crowd making merry in the festive vibe, gorging on delicious snacks and participating in cultural events, since it is the last day before Maa Durga takes her ride back to heaven. The rituals for Navami start with a holy bath followed with a special Shodhasopachar of the deity.
Navami is believed to be the last day of Goddess Durga’s fight with the buffalo demon Mahishasura. The battle that continued for days, ended on the tenth day, which we celebrate as Vijay Dashmi, on which Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In parts of Bengal, where Durga Puja is celebratedwith great gusto, pandals can be seen bustling with a huge crowd making merry in the festive vibe, gorging on delicious snacks and participating in cultural events, since it is the last day before Maa Durga takes her ride back to heaven. The rituals for Navami start with a holy bath followed with a special Shodhasopachar of the deity.

The fiesta del Tomate

a fiesta and celebration of this juicy red

carried in baskets brimming full

spilling out onto the streets of Spain

this ripened bounteous store is made

 

slipping and sliding they begin to squelch

only the softest is thrown

licking the fruit from tasty lips

I’ve heard they’re a pheromone

 

friendships are forged

in a friendly fire of squishy spirited fun

chaos reigns as they intertwine

and teeming the juices run

 

but the juice that creates

isn’t wine

but for cleansing the streets

from the ripened vine

Rakshabandhan : the purity which can’t be understood

Raksha Bandhan is a popular festival in India, especially North India. The festival depicts the love of brothers and sisters. On this day sisters tie a thread called ‘Rakhi’ around her brother’s wrist. She prays to God for the safety of her brother and to lead him to good path.The brother in return gives her sweets and blesses her with good wishes. 


Raksha Bandhan is not only for meant for siblings, but for protection for any loved one. ‘Raksha’ means protection and ‘bandhan’ means bond. Hence the festival does not signify bond between a brother and sister only.

Once Indra, the God of Heaven was about to go into battle and was feeling a little apprehensive. When his wife tied a sacred thread to his arm for his protection and assurance all his fears vanished and he was successful in all his endeavors. From then on began the tradition of celebrating Raksha Bandhan. A festival of protection for loved ones. I think people are being led away from the true meanings of some happenings because they follow traditions, instead of finding the true meaning and stems of these traditions.

World music day special: MUSIC IS LIFE

Every year on the 21st June, which is also the longest day of the earth, is celebrated ‘La FÈTÈ DE LA’ musique also known as world music day. It was first celebrated in Paris, France, where almost every single person walked out on the streets with music in his heart and a instrument in his hands.

Music is a stuff which combines science and myth in its own and blends it in a PHENOMENAL way that it puts the world together in a whole new Dimension. 

I mean if we stop for a moment and just think that a mix of some rhymes, tunes and notes can keep us away from many disharmonious stuffs like depression.

Music is like yoga, it makes us happy and helps in keeping hormonal balance in the body, relief our body and mind and thus keeps us physically and mentally fit. It prevents us from being obese and keeps us away from the awful lot of tension the world tries to impose on us.


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Ramdan: The month of Holy

There are five pillars of Islam besides fasting. Prayer is called the Salat, where believers pray five times a day.

There is the Zakat, giving to others and charity. The Shahadah is acknowledging that there is no higher being than God, and Mohammed. Hajj is that all Muslims go to Mecca during their lifetime. After Ramadan, Muslims congratulate each other by saying Kullu am wa antum bi-khair. This means “May you be blessed throughout the year.”

Another reason Ramadan special is it is mandated in the Quran.

“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan), he must fast that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number (of days which one did not fast must be made up) from other days

Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for Muslims — the Prophet Mohammed said “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.”

Muslims believe it was during this month that God revealed the first verses of the Quran, Islam’s sacred text, to Mohammed, on a night known as “The Night of Power” (or Laylat al-Qadr in Arabic).