Category: Events

Image

Tamil New Year: Happy Puthandu

The first day of the Tamil calendar begins early as members of the household perform ‘Kanni’. In this ritual, auspicious items such as betel leaves, jewellery, fruits, flowers and vegetables are put together and watched.

Bengali New Year: Pohela Boishakh

Bengali New Year: Pohela Boishakh

Pohela Boishakh is the first day of the Bengali calendar and is celebrated in West Bengal, Bangladesh and amongst the Bengali communities in the other states of India. Bengalis welcome the first day of the year by being part of the ‘Prabhat Pheri’ (processions) early in the morning.

Image

Wish You a Happy and Prosperous Vishu!

New Year celebrated in Kerala is known as Vishu. The most important part of Vishu is the Vishukkani (first to be seen). An array of auspicious items like rice, linen, cucumber, betel leaves and a mirror are placed in an uruli (metal vessel) the previous night.

Celebrating Baisakhi

Celebrating Baisakhi

Baisakhi is an ancient harvest festival in the Punjab region that also marks the beginning of a new solar year and harvest season. Baisakhi is a Sikh religious festival falling on the first day of the Baisakh month in the solar Nanakshahi calendar, which corresponds to April 14.

Wish You All a Happy Mahavir Jayanti!

Wish You All a Happy Mahavir Jayanti!

Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Mahavir, the founder of Jain religion who taught the world the essence of ‘Unity of Life’. Mahavir’s idol is given a holy bath on this day known as ‘abhishek’ and devotees make offerings of milk, rice, fruit, and incense.

Happy Ugadi!

Happy Ugadi!

Ugadi marks the beginning of the New Year. This day is considered quite auspicious as new ventures take place and people pray for prosperity of their business. While it is known as Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Maharastrians call it Gudi Padwa.