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What is Thanksgiving?

A modern thanksgiving feast
Celebrated on the fourth Thursday on November, this American festival is an acknowledgement of gratitude for a plentiful harvest. Nearly all cultures celebrate this festival. For instance south Indians celebrate it as Pongal in the month of January, while the north Indians celebrate it as Holi in the month of March.The American act of thanksgiving began during the early...

Here Comes Pujo!

Durga Puja is the most important festival for the people of West Bengal, the Eastern Indian state that has been home to three Nobel Laureates - Rabindranath Tagore, Amartya Sen, and Mother Teresa - as well as Oscar awardee Satyajit Ray.Durga Puja, or Pujo as it is usually referred to, ushers in a sense of well-being, with Diwali following...

The Story of Dussehra

Dussehra, also called Vijayadashmi (or Bijoya in Bengal), is the culmination of the nine-day Navaratri celebrations. It is a festival that marks the killing of Ravana, his son Meghanatha and brother Kumbhakarna, by Rama. It is seen as the vistory of good over evilThe RamayanaThe epic Ramayana, describes the story of Rama. Rama was the exiled prince of...

The Nine Nights of Navaratri

This year, the end of September marks the onset of Navaratri or "nine nights" in the Hindu calendar. With this begins one of the most festive phases in India, with Durga Puja in east India, Dussehra in north, central and west India, and Saraswati Puja in South India. It also sets the stage for Diwali in the near future....

Camel’s Milk and Pet Registration

November 24: Hey, how about trying camel's milk instead of buffalo's or cow's milk with your porridge? Not very keen on the thought? Doesn't sound appetising?Did you know that many mothers, particularly in the rural regions of Rajasthan and Gujarat, offer camel's milk to their children? Unlike cow's milk, a camel's milk is rather salty and very thick. But...

Joking with the Goddess

Gopal was in great pain. A big battle seemed to be raging in his stomach. Of course, there was nothing unusual about this. With his weakness for good food -- sweets in particular -- he often did overeat and this was the inevitable result. As long as the pain lasted, Gopal was full of remorse, and made wild promises...

The End of Living – The Beginning of Survival

A Native American mask
In 1854, the government of United States made an offer for a large area of Indian land and promised a ‘reservation’ for the Indian people. Chief Seattle's reply is a most beautiful and profound statement on environment…How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us.If we do not...

A Harvest of Festivals

The Punjabis celebrate this festival as Baisakhi. The Assamese call this festival Bohag Bihu. In Kerala they usher in the new year with Vishu. For Tamilians it is Varasha Porupu, while Gudi Padva is important for Maharashtrians. But what are they celebrating in the first half of April? The start of a new year according to the indigenous calendar...

The Horse’s Revenge

The Horse's Revenge
Once upon a time a horse and a buffalo lived in a beautiful meadow up in the mountains. There was plenty of grass to eat and water to drink, and the two had become good friends. But one year, there was no rain. The meadow stream dried up and the grass turned brown. Soon the horse and buffalo found themselves...

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