Lohri – Why do Sikhs celebrate Lohri?

Lohri is a popular festival celebrated on the 13th of January every year. The first association with the name is ‘Punjabi Lohri’ since it is an exclusive Punjabi festival, celebrated with great enthusiasm in the states of Punjab and Haryana. It is traditionally associated with the harvest of the rabi crop. Celebrated a day before … Read more

Janmashtami & Celebration of Dahi Handi

The birth of Lord Krishna was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This incarnation was for ending the reign of evil Kansa whose atrocities had been troubling mankind. Janmashtami is observed is the Shravan maas on the eighth day, the birth falls in Rohini nakshatra that is in the months of August-September. It is ceremonious to … Read more

Jamshed Navroz – What is Parsi Navroz?

The Zoroastrians celebrate Jamshed Navroz on the 21st March as the first day of their calendar year. This Parsi New Year commences with the Vernal Equinox – when the length of the day equals that of the night. ‘Nav’ means new and ‘Roz’ means day and thus ‘Navroz’ means a new day. Jamshed Navroz History: … Read more

Hemis Gompa

Hemis is around 35 km, while the Gompa is nearly 45 km to the south of Leh. The place is well known for Hemis Gompa, the Monastery and the two-day colourful festival by the same name. The Monastery: Hemis Gompa also known as Chang Chub Sam Ling in the local language or the lone place … Read more

Buddha Purnima – What is it & Why it Celebrated!

Buddha Purnima, also known as Buddha Jayanti or Vesak is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It holds special importance as it commemorates the three most significant events in the life of Gautama Buddha – His birth, enlightenment and nirvana; all three took place on the same day – full moon day of … Read more

Gandhi Jayanti

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a normal Indian citizen living his daily life was exalted when he moved out of his nest to fight a kingdom that had made the country their domain. Born in Gujarat, like every well doing Indian, he travelled to UK to complete his education and become a lawyer. On completion he travelled … Read more

Navratri festival

Navratri is a Hindu festival celebrated for nine days worshipping the various forms of Durga. ‘Nav’ means nine and ‘ratri’ means night, thus the name meaning ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit. It is celebrated five times a year – Vasanta Navaratri, Ashadha Navaratri, Sharada Navaratri and Poushya/Magha Navaratri. Of these, Sharada and Vasanta Navaratri are most … Read more