5-in-1 Indian Festivals on January 14th, 2014

Reblogger Ajay Pandya
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14th January is a big day for Indian culture.

There are many different celebrations in different parts of India.

As Praful shares in this post

5-in-1 Indian Festivals on January 14th.

Original content by Praful Thakkar

5-in-1 Indian Festivals on January 14th, 2014

Oh yes - there are 5 festivals just on January 14th, 2014! (And if you consider Uttarayana and Makar Sankranti as a separate festival, then it is 6-in-1!)

Kite Festival

Let me start with the most popular world festival - Uttarayana, also known as a Kite Festival. The reason this is first in the list is, despite the fact that Western State of India - Gujarat - is most popular for this festival, it is celebrated not only in India but also in some South Asian countries like Pakistan (known as Gudi-bazi or Patang-bazi - Patang means Kite), Vietnam, Afghanistan, Polynesia, New Zealand and even United States (in Long Beach, WA, there is a The World Kite Museum.)

Highly maneuverable single-string paper and bamboo kites are flown from the rooftops while using line friction in an attempt to cut each other's kite lines, either by letting the cutting line loose at high speed or by pulling the line in a fast and repeated manner - as per Wikipedia.

Uttarayana is also known as Makar Sanktanti - a day when the Sun begins its movement away from the tropic of Capricon and towards the northern hemisphere. Families propare 

Uttarayana is referred to as the day of new good healthy wealthy beginning.

BonefireLohri or Maghi is mainly celebrated by Punjabis, a Northern State of India. It is also celebrated in state of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

The Lohri festival is marked by a range of traditional exciting activities such as lighting the ritualistic bonfire during the evening, dancing on the beats of the dhol, traditional handmade dishes, singing popular folklore around the bonfire and enjoying sumptuous feast

Lighting the bonfire in Lohri symbolizes offering prayers to Lord Agni (god of fire) to shower blessing on the land with abundance of crops and prosperity

Buffalo Fight

Bihu or Bhogali Bihu is celebrated by Assammes, the eastern state of India, their second biggest post-harvest festival.

The festival is marked by feasts and bonfires. Young people erect makeshift huts, known as meji, from bamboo, leaves and thatch, in which they eat the food prepared for the feast, and then burn the huts the next morning.

The celebrations also feature traditional Assamese games such as tekeli bhonga (pot-breaking) and buffalo fighting (image courtesy: Wikipedia.org)

PongalPongal is mainly celebrated in Southern state of Tamil Nadu. Families prepare rice delicacies in pots. Pongal is a harvest festival, one of the most important festival celebrated by Tamil people at the end of the harvest season. In Sri Lanka, this festival is known as Ulavar Thirunaal.

Traditionally, ancient Tamil people cook pongal ( a rice dish) before pooja (prayers to God) and offer it to the deities.

Eid-e-Milad

Eid-e-Milad is celebrated as a Festival of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.

Many Muslims in India observe Eid-E-Milad. Those who observe Milad-un-Nabi gatherings remember, discuss and celebrate the advent of the Prophet Muhammad's birth and his teachings. Some people send Milad-un-Nabi e-cards to friends and family. 

And not to forget that January 14th is 'Organize Your Home Day'! 

5-in-1 Festivals on January 14th, 2014

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Ajay Pandya the 5-in-1 Indian Festivals are great fun events to attend.

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Excellent choice of re-blog. It has been a long time - so thanks.

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Thanks for spreading the word via re-blog, Ajay - this may help many members.

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Very good posts about different festivals of India for sure - with lots of good information in this post.

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We always wonder will we ever get to read these posts!

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Think of it - just one day - 14th January - and there are 5 celebrations!

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Thanks a lot, for stopping by and your comments - really appreciate it.

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Thanks a lot, Wayne, for stopping by and your comments - really appreciate it.

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Most of the people believe that one day means one fesival, Wayne.

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Yoi are 100% right Wayne, the kite festival is most popular in India.

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And of course other festivals are also equally important elsewhere.

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Thanks a lot, Gita, for stopping by and your comments - really appreciate it.

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One of the reasons these re-posts are popular is - people get a chance to intereact.

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Thanks a lot, John Pusa, for stopping by and your comments - really appreciate it.

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Indeed these 5-in-1 festivals are great - especially in Mumbai city where all the festivals are celebrated in different communities.

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Thanks a lot, Praful, for stopping by and your comments - really appreciate it.

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It was a very nice blog post you compiled it from different resource. Keep it up, Praful.

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Quick question - can you name all the Festivals of India from this post?

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