Chhath or Chhath Puja is an age old Hindu festival, mainly observed in Bihar, Jharkhand in India. This festival of Chhath is celebrated in the northeast region of India, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and some parts of Chhattisgarh too.
Chhath is a festival devoted to the Surya, the Sun Goddess, who is considered as a mode to show gratitude to the sun for conferring the reward of life on earth.
Chhath is celebrated twice a year, once in the summers, the Chaiti Chhath, and once in the winters, called the Kartik Chhath. Chhath is a grueling ceremony, where the devotee is needed to fast for more than 24 hours without even drinking water.
The most important annual religious feast or festival in the Christian liturgical year is the Easter, or Easter Festival, the festival of renewal and rejuvenation of life and living. Jesus Christ, according to the Christian scripture, was resurrected from the dead on the third day subsequent to his crucifixion.
Christian and Jewish people worldwide celebrate this incident of resurrection on Easter Day or Easter Sunday, which comes two days after Good Friday and this celebration now-a-days formally continue for fifty days.
Easter Bunnies and Easter eggs are a major attraction of this feast. Conventionally, Easter eggs are hard-boiled eggs tinted in dazzling red to represent the spilt Blood of Christ which is an assurance of interminable life. These eggs are broken collectively to mark the opening of the Tomb of Christ.
The Kite Festival of Jaipur is observed on 14th of January, which is also celebrated as the day of Makar Sankranti. This day indicates the shifting of the Sun into Northern hemisphere.
The three-day long Jaipur Kite Festival includes equally enthusiastic participation of children and old people.
It begins with an official unveiling of some serious kite flying fights, hundreds of school children release bunches of colorful balloons and Air Force helicopters release beautifully innovatively designed and decorated kites from the sky. The final day of the festival is observed by a prize-distribution ceremony where the winners of the Fighter-Kite Competition and Display-Kite Competition, who also are honored with a farewell dinner with the Maharaja of Jodhpur.
Among all other important Buddhist festivals observed and celebrated in Sikkim, Losoong Festival is considered a very significant one, observed mainly in the rural part of Sikkim. The observation of Losoong symbolizes the conclusion of the harvest season and also the ending of the tenth month of the Tibetan Year. Taking signal from a good harvest the common people pray for much healthier prospects for the subsequent harvest.
The Losoong festival is made special by Chaam dancing at the monasteries at Phodong, Palace, and Rumtek.
The Chaam dance symbolizes the banishment of the wicked spirits of the year and it welcomes the superior spirit of the New Year.
The legendary Bihu brings enormous joy and the spirit among the rough and tough people of the hill area of Assam.
Bihu is the national festival of Assam which is celebrated by the Assamese people. This festival is celebrated thrice in a year with different perspective.
The first is Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu celebrated in April which marks the beginning of New Year and agricultural season. People wear new clothes; arrange cultural nights, like Bihu Nritya, make different types of sweets like pithas—til pitha, ketli pitha, bora chawlor pitha etc.
Second one, Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu is celebrated in January and this marks the end of harvesting period. They celebrate it by buffalo fight, community feast etc.
The third is Kati Bihu or Kongaali Bihu which falls in October and it signifies the completion of sowing and transplanting of paddies.
Bakri Id is celebrated enthusiastically by the Muslims all over the world. According to the Muslim calendar it is celebrated on the tenth day of the month Dhul Hijja. This is the day of sacrifice for the Muslims.
On this occasion they sacrifice animals specially goats and that is why this festival is called the “Bakri Id”. This meat of the sacrificed goat is then distributed among themselves. The Muslims celebrate the day by visiting “Mosques” and engage themselves in reading holy “namaz”.
Muslim men, women and children wear new clothes and actively take part in socialization. This day also coincides with the anniversary of the day when the holy “Quran” was declared to be completed.
Christmas is celebrated on 25th of December, it is a festival of joy as it commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is celebrated by the especially Christians but nowadays it has become a secular festival. As Christmas in celebrated in winter season so it is the ideal time for the people to go out for socialization and they celebrate it by having cakes and exchanging gifts among themselves.
The main attraction of this festival for the kid is Santa Claus or the Christmas Father. His image was created by Thomas Nast. Santa Claus hands out gift to the children in the time of Christmas.
Another attraction of this festival is Christmas tree, it is one of the popular traditions associated. An angel or star is often seen at the top of the tree representing the Angel or Star of Bethlehem and it beautifully decorated.
Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated all over India, mainly by the Hindus, in the month of November. It is celebrated on the occasion of the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile in the forest, and also for his victory over the demon, Ravana.
People from all walks of life, definitely makes it a point to adorn their homes with ‘diyaas’ and candles, and create ‘rangolis’ in the entrance of the houses.
People celebrate by offering prayers to Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi, and this also marks the beginning of a new financial year. People buy and wear new colorful clothes, and exchange gifts and sweets with relatives and friends and enjoy themselves thoroughly by bursting crackers.
Djibouti is a country which fortifies the word small is beautiful. It’s a country with plains and mountains bounded by marine sea life of Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. The people here are neutral and economy is stable.
Travelers to this country never miss out carefree night life, and intoxicating landscape of Goda Mountains which blends between the sun tanned slope and lush green slope on the other side.
The fun and frolic also extends to mountaineering, diving, snorkeling with whale and even windsurfing. That’s not all, basking in the sand beach of Gulf of Tadjoura with its scenic beauty, completely rejuvenates one self.
Durga Puja is the greatest festival of Bengali and is celebrated with great pomp. Ma Durga is worshipped for four days and the days are divided as Shasti, Saptami, Astami and Nabami and the fifth day is on Dashami She is immersed in the holy Ganges. Maha shasti is the “bodhon” of Ma Durga.
The word Durga means incomprehensible. She is a form of Shakti, worshipped for her gracious as well as terrifying aspects. She is the mother of universe and the symbol of female power.
These four days Bengalees enjoy to the hilt. Clad in new dresses all are in a festive and celebration mood. The dhaki drumming the dhak, the fragrance of incense stick add splendour to this occasion. Everyone with a heavy heart bid adieu to Maa on the day of Dashami.