Festivals You Enjoy the Most
October 15, 2010 2:51am CST
Festivals are important, I suppose, for most of the people. There are religious, spiritual, or cultural festivals everywhere. Being in a city, often termed as the cultural capital of India, I have seen different festivals round the year - a few of them are inspired from religious beliefs, while there are a few social or cultural festivals. Obviously, DURGA puja (worship of goddess Durga), a week long religious festival, is observed with great gaiety here. Other than that there are Christmas celebration, Eid ul-Fitr celebration; besides there are film fare, book fare, flower shows, hundreds of trade fares, and many more. Each event is characterized by the presence of millions of enthusiasts but nothing compared to Durga Puja (going on right now). From the end of September through the March of each year - you can literally call it the grand festive season - with a new festival comes up almost each week. Although there are various other festivals celebrated each month here during the rest of the year. Have you ever seen those big road-side PANDALS, sculptures/ worship of Goddess Durga, and a massive gathering of millions of visitors from various part of the world? Please share, if you have ever seen such mesmerizing festival! If not, what are the primary festivals in your city? Do you take part actively in those festivals?
15 Oct 10
we celebrate deepavali and pongal as major festivals. Deepavali, is being celebrated, in my religion, as Lord Vardhamana Mahaveera, got motsha. We celebrate that festival by lighting silver vilakku numbering to 24, ( 24 Thirthangaras). And we prepare sweets, in that day, we all dress up in new clothes which was given by our old people in the house and we light up the vilakku. I couldnt forget one Deepavali, which was came on a Thursday. The Auspicious time was within 6.00 am. The Ragu Kalam was 6 to 7.30 am. On that day, we wore new dresses, devoted god, and we took tiffin by 5.45 am. It works in my home only. My other relatives they celebrated only in the evening after 4.30 pm. In case of Pongal, we celebrate the mattu pongal as a major festival. In 1990s we had nearly 110 cows and buffalos. we decorate all the carts with different malai, sugarcane, coconut moodi, banana all together tied in a rope. We feed the cows and buffalos and we take them to a ride. After that we have our pongal sitting with our servants and take food.