We are Celebrate Raksha Bandhan……

Raksha Bandhan is a popular festival celebrated across the country. Irrespective of caste and creed people from all walks of life participate in this festival. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the lunar month Shravana (Shravana Poornima) which also coincides with Upa-karma (changing the sacred thread for the brahmins, Avani Avittom in South India).

Raksha Bandhan is a festival of rakhi. This festival is dedicated to the bonds between brothers and sisters. On this occasion, the sacred relation between sisters and brothers is celebrated.

The festival is also called as Rakhi Poornima, Nariyal Poornima and Kajari Poornima in different states and is celebrated differently.

Once the rakhi has been tied, the sister says a prayer for the well being of her brother – good health, prosperity and happiness. This ritual sometimes involves an aarti, where a tray with lighted lamp or candle is ritually rotated around the brother’s face, along with the prayer and well wishes.

As well as having a significance in human life (i.e. in the fact that brothers and sisters are very important to us), we celebrate the Rakhi festival for mythological and religious reasons as well. Raksha Bandhan can be traced back to several Hindu myths that celebrate the power of sibling bonds. In one myth that is foundational for Raksha Bandhan, for example, Lakshmi uses a sibling bond she has created with Bali to save Lord Vishnu from being trapped. The legend says that Lakshmi tied a Rakhi around the wrist of the evil King Bali and made him a brother so that he allow her husband, Lord Vishnu, to leave his palace. He granted her wish.

For Jains, Raksha Bandhan has an additional significance, as during this festival devotees celebrate their bonds with their priest by receiving woven bracelets or other types of band from the priest.

 

Gangaur is a festival celebrated in the Indian

Gangaur is a festival celebrated in the Indian  state of Rajsthan  and some parts of Gujrat , West Bengal  and Madhya Pradesh .

Gangaur is colourful and one of the most important festivals of people of Rajsthan and is observed throughout the state with great fervour and devotion by womenfolk who worship Gauri , the consort of Lord shiv  during March–April. It is the celebration of spring, harvest and marital fidelity. Gan  is a synonym for Lord Shiv  and Gaur which stands for Gauri or Parvati  who symbolizes Saubhagya (marital bliss). The unmarried women worship her for being blessed with a good husband, while married women do so for the welfare, health and long life of their husbands and for a happy married life. People from Rajasthan when migrated to Kolkata in West Bengal started celebrating Gangaur.

Rites and Rituals

The festival commences on the first day of chaittra , the day following  Holi  and continues for 16 days. For a newly-wedded girl, it is binding to observe the full course of 18 days of the festival that succeeds her marriage. Even unmarried girls fast for the full period of the 18 days and eat only one meal a day. Festivity consummates on 3rd day of Shukla Paksha  of Chaitra Month.Fairs (Gangaur Melas) are held throughout the 18 day period. Numerous folklores are associated with Gangaur which makes this festival deeply ingrained into the hearts of Rajasthan, and parts of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana & Gujarat.

The festival reaches its climax during the last three days. The images of Gauri and Isar are dressed in new garments especially made for the occasion. Unmarried girls and married women decorate the images and make them look like living figures.

At an auspicious hour in the afternoon, a procession is taken out to a garden, bawdi or johad  or well with the images of Isar and Gauri, placed on the heads of married women. Songs are sung about the departure of Gauri to her husband’s house. The procession comes back after offering water to the first two days. On the final day, she faces in the same direction as Isar and the procession concludes in the consignment of the all images in the waters of a tank or a well. The women bid farewell to Gauri and turn their eyes and the Gangaur festival comes to an end.

Happy New Year of Gudi Padwa

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Gudi Padwa, the first Holy festival which marks the beginning of the New Year, new month and new day for the Hindus falls on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. (8th April 2016) It is known as Gudhi Padwa (in Maharashtra), Ugadi (in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh). [In other parts of country it is celebrated during Nau Roz (Kashmir), Baisakhi (Punjab), Cheti Chand (Sindhi), Naba Barsha (Bengal), Goru Bihu (Assam), Puthandu (Tamil Nadu), Vishu (Kerala)] On this very day Lord Brahma created the Universe. Therefore for Hindus, this day carries special importance. The day is celebrated with an auspicious bath, followed by decorating the doorway with a ‘toran’, performing ritualistic worship and hoisting the Gudhi.
Gudi Padwa, the first Holy festival which marks the beginning of the New Year, new month and new day for the Hindus falls on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. (8th April 2016) It is known as Gudhi Padwa (in Maharashtra), Ugadi (in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh). [In other parts of country it is celebrated during Nau Roz (Kashmir), Baisakhi (Punjab), Cheti Chand (Sindhi), Naba Barsha (Bengal), Goru Bihu (Assam), Puthandu (Tamil Nadu), Vishu (Kerala)] On this very day Lord Brahma created the Universe. Therefore for Hindus, this day carries special importance. The day is celebrated with an auspicious bath, followed by decorating the doorway with a ‘toran’, performing ritualistic worship and hoisting the Gudhi.
Gudhi Padwa is celebrated as Ugadi (or Yugadi) in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The day, begins with ritual showers (oil bath) followed by pooja to god and Panchanga Shravana.Houses are decorated with Mango Leaves and Rangoli and everyone in the family wear new clothes and celebrate the festival by wishing each other New year greetings.
The eating of a specific mixture called Bevu-Bella (Neem and Jaggery) in Kannada, symbolizes the fact that life is a mixture of good and bad, Happiness and Sorrow. Eating Neemand Sweet Jaggery means one need to take both Good and Bad or Happiness and Sorrow should be accepted together and with equanimity through the New Year. The special mixture consists of:
uds/Flowers for its bitterness, signifying Sadness
  • Jaggery which is sweet, signifying Happiness
In Karnataka a special dish called Obbattu or Holige (Puran Poli), is prepared on this occasion. It consists of a filling (gram and jaggery/sugar boiled and made in to a paste) stuffed in a flat roti like bread. It is usually eaten hot/cold with ghee or milk topping or coconut milk at some places of Karnataka.
Astronomical
This new moon day has special meaning from Astronomy point of view. The sun is supposed to be in first point of Aries, (Hamal) which is first sign of Zodaic and is a natural beginning of spring. Many civilzations have known this.
People of ancient Egypt knew this and Nowruz (literally “New Day” ) in Persia is also based on this observation.
The Sun however may not be exactly in Aries due to Lunear Month . This is adjusted by adding a “Adhika” (Literally an extra) Lunar month every three years to ensure New Year Day( “Gudhee Padwa”) indeed matches observed season.
It has evolved into of many festivals Holi, Gudi Padwa around this part of year in India It is one of the most famous harvesting festival in India.
Indian family are celebrated New Year of theis day , Day Gudi are celebrated to New Day and New year Start in Hindu’s , Hindu are celebrated New Vikram Sambat.
Festivities
On the festive day, courtyards in village houses will be swept clean and plastered with fresh cow-dung. Even in the city, people take the time out to do some spring cleaning. Women and children work on intricate rangoli designs on their doorsteps, the vibrant colours mirroring the burst of colour associated with spring. Everyone dresses up in new clothes and it is a time for family gatherings.
Traditionally, families are supposed to begin the festivities by eating the bittersweet leaves of the neem tree. Sometimes, a paste of neem leaves is prepared and mixed with dhane, gul/gur (known as jaggery in English), and tamarind . All the members of the family consume this paste, which is believed to purify the blood and strengthen the body’s immune system against diseases.