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Songkran festival celebration 2021

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Songkran

Songkran is a festival celebrated by Thai people in Thailand (Bangkok) from April13-April15 every year welcoming the start of a new year, it’s a festival of waters, where people splash water on one other and enjoy with their friends, family, neighbours and relatives. People travel around the city to their relatives residence and gathers to enjoy the festive.

Many outsiders from around the world especially plans a holiday just to visit and enjoy the festival with the Thai people and the best part is that the outsiders are welcomed the same way as their own people, the use of water during this festival symbolizes the cleaning of all the dirt and misfortune before starting a New Year.

Water is poured especially on the images of Buddha to clean the misfortune and the year is started then. There are various set rules that one must follow during the time of Songkran which is discussed below.

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Songkran a festival of Thailand:

Songkran is basically a festival of Thailand, which means “movement” or “to move”. According to the solar calendar a Songkran is a celebration of a New Year in the late 1888, and is celebrate from 13 April-15 April. It is a festival of Water where people splash water on one another, and even visit their relatives.

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During this festive season buildings, malls, shops, restaurant remain close. Local People living in different parts of the world travel back to their home town for Songkran celebration and enjoy the family reunion.

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What source is used to celebrate Songkran?

Water is the main source or say an element with which Songkran is celebrated, people enjoy this festive season by splashing a bucket of water or they use pistols full of water to make others wet from head to toe, they throw water on each other with utmost enjoyment and also visit their relatives this day, again a beauty is added to their festival by pouring water on the images of Buddha and also on the hands of the Buddhist monks as a sign of respect.

Why is water used to celebrate Songkran? You might be amazed as to why water is used to celebrate Songkran? The real reason being, water as we all know cleanses out every dirt and misfortunes, in order to start a New Year Thai people pour water on the images of Buddha to clean out all the misfortunes and to start up fresh.

And they celebrate this with so much of enthusiasm, by visiting temples, relatives and cleaning off their houses and the best part is anybody from this whole wide world can visit and be a part of their festival, they give equal respect and love to others as they show to their relatives, family and friends.

Do’s and Dont’s:

There are various set rules that one must follow to avoid any mishap.

Do’s:

• One must wake up early and wish their family.

• Take bath, get ready and wear a nice dress.

• Use scent or perfume added water to pour over your parents hands in order to get their       blessings.

• Visit temple,and try to be a part of pouring water on the images of Buddha.

• Visit your neighbors,relatives and friends.

Dont’s:

• Do not drink and drive.

• Do not throw water on a persons face, intentionally, because the water might contain impurities that is harmful if you intake.

• Do not roam around in the road since the traffic is completely paralysed and try to be the part of the gathering.

• Be polite to others if you are splashed with water, as the festival is of waters, do not become impulsive.

• Try to be very friendly with others, and enjoy the festival with utmost excitement.

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Cinco de Mayo famous festival celebration 2021

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a Spanish word which means 5th of May. Cinco de Mayo day in Mexico is celebrated as annual celebration. This day is a celebrated as remarkable victory of Mexican Army in the year 1862 at the battle of Puebla over the French Empire.

The victory is celebrated out of happiness that the larger and much bigger French Army was defeated by the small Mexican Army.This celebration boost the moral of all. After the battle of Puebla the leader Zaragoza died because he was ill. At the second Battle of Puebla  big French force defeat the Mexcian Army and Mexico city come under the invaders.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is most popularly celebrated in United States. Cinco de Mayo has become the common festival of both Mexican American culture. Since 1863 this Cinco de Mayo is celebrated this celebration started in California.

But the popularity this festival Cinco de Mayo gained popularity n 1980s, Cinco de Mayo must have thanks to the many advertising companies advertising their beer and wine. The campaign run buy these advertising companies gained the popularity of the festival.

Cinco de Mayo in U.S

Since 1963 this festival is celebrated in US. In US Cinco de Mayo celebration is worth watching. The Mexican who lived in the United States celebrate the festival with remembering the battle and achievements of the people. Many people put banners so that they educate those who are not aware of the victory of Mexico over French.

On this day the school organised program and special events in order to educate their children about the culture and history.

Cinco de Mayo

This festival in US is celebrated in largest the main cities were largest Mexican population found is Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, San Antonio, Sacramento, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Denver the celebration in these cities were just like you are in Mexico.In some areas you can also enjoy the dance and music of Mexico.

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In US this festival is not the Federal holiday that is why schools and offices are still opened and public transport are also open. Some cities were Mexican population is high you an see parades and street programs which may cause little convenience  to the public.

Why Cinco de Mayo celebration is bigger in US than in Mexico??

In Mexico celebration of festival is on smaller scale and it is focused only on Military events but this is not in America. In America  drinking wines and eating, dancing and celebrating takes place.

Many American believe it is a Mexican Independence Day but it is not so, actually it is a small holiday to remember the Battle of Puebla and the victory. 16 September is Mexican Independence day.

Cinco de Mayo is among the top 5 five holiday for drinking the biggest difference between the celebration in Mexico and America. tequila, tecate, micheladas, and margaritas these are some of the special drinks used most in the festival.

People in American whether Mexican or not enjoy with eating Mexican cuisine and drinking beer. People of America especially in areas where the Mexican population is highest can see the celebration whether in Mexico it is a celebration of the victory over the French and they all engage in the military areas and parades takes place where more than 20,000 people take part.

Misconception of Independence Day

Mexican Independence day is celebrated is celebrated on 16 September which is celebrated throughout Mexico. But have you imagine that Cinco de Mayo is started in America because of the ties of the history to the civil war and started from there. But Mexican Independence Day is not connected with this festival. So in short enjoy Mexican food and their tradition and enjoy the festival no matters whether American or Mexican or else.

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Upcoming Indian colourful Holi Festival 2021 celebration

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Holi festival

Holi is a festival of color. This Holi festival is the most popular festival among children. Holi festival signify the triumph of the good over bad. This festival celebrate the end of the winter season and arrival of the spring season. This Holi festival celebrated in India and it has become the part of the Indian festival.

According to the Hindu Calender this festival comes in the month of Phalguna acceding to the English calendar which is generally comes in the mid of the March. This Holi festival means festival of love people enjoy and play with colors and forgive each other and spread the message of love. Laughing and playing with colors is the main fun.

Holi festival

Holi Festival is start gaining much popularity in the other parts of Asia and especially among non-Hindu. Holi is ancient festival for Hindus not only in India but also in Nepal and other Indian subcontinents . According to the reports this festival is also spreading and gaining popularity in Europe and North America as well.

the celebration of Holi start one day before where in the night with burning of the woods and doing pooja the process is called Holika Dahan. All the rituals regarding the bonfire is done there and they pray for good for everything, they pray to destroy the evil like that Holika destroyed.

Holi festival

The next day Holi is celebrated with full enthusiasm and full of colors and put color on each other and play. Water balloons and water guns used to drench each other. Their is no difference between the rich and poor and whether stranger or friend everybody put colors on each other and show brotherhood.

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Holi parties was also organised by the people at homes or parks and an special drink know as bhang was prepared especially in Holi festival which is made from crushing the cannabie which made you Drowsy. Many food items were also prepared by women at home.

History of Holi festival related to Krishna

Lord Krishna was grew up in Braj a place in India. Where the festival of Holi is considered to be the festival of love. Here in Braj this Holi festival is celebrated in the memory of the divine love of Radha and Krishna. Krishna has dark color complexion because when he was baby the demon Putana feed him with her breast milk and poisoned him.

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Krishna mother told him to go to Radha and ask her to put color on your face because Krishna was always thinking whether Radha wj=ho is fair skinned will like him or not. when Krishna visit Radha and ask her to color his face in any color she like and she did it and they became a couple since then.So this is the history related to the Radha and Krishna.So this festival is celebrated with full enthusiasm.

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History of Holi Festival related to Lord Vishnu

It was a story of victory of good over bad. When King Hiranyakashipu have got boon and have five powers those are that he neither killed by human being nor by an animal,and on land not water and air this made him think that he was a God and he become very arrogant.

He demanded that everyone should worship him and no one else. But his son Prahlada did not agree and go against him, which made king angry and gave punishment to his son Prahlada.

Holika  Prahlada aunt ask him to sit on fire with her and she where a  cloak from which fire doesnot effect her but  when the fire grew her cloak flew from her and save Prahlada and burned Holika. Then Lord Vishu appear as Narasimha who is half human and half animal.at dusk and kill the arrogant king Hiranyakashyapu at the door. This is the victory of good over evil.

Famous festival celebration Mardi Gras 2021

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Mardi Gars

Mardi Gras is carnival celebration which falls on Tuesday.It begins from on or after Christian feast . The day before ash Wednesday. This festival also  refer to the last day of eating rich food because when the fat Tuesday come most of the people go on fasting so this considered to be the day of last day eating too much fatty foods before the ritual Lenten season.

Mardi Gras 2021 will be on 16 February as this is the last day of carnival celebration and it also falls on the day before the Ash Wednesday.

New Orleans  is the worlds biggest place where Mardi Gras celebration held at large. New Orleans is the biggest celebration and most famous place of Mardi Gars celebration.apart from New Orleans in Italy ,Australia, Brazil,Britain and Alabama is also famous places where Mardi Gras is celebrated with full spirit.

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Every festival is celebrated differently in different country and city.  Mardi Gras stretches from the entire period that is the last night of the Christmas to Ash Wednesday apart some other belief to be the last three days before the Ash Wednesday to be the Mardi Gras. In Alabama The events is started from the November.

In Czech Republic Mardi Gras is Folk tradition which is also called Masopust Which is also known as meat fast. Many places festival is celebrated which include Prague.The festival is celebrated at many places.

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Mardi Gras 2020 incident

Mardi Gras festival in the year 2020 is remarkable. No one ever forget this incident. This festival held on 25 February 2020 around 6:30 pm in New Orleans incident occur when two bystander were killed or accident by the floats when people enjoy the carnival and taking part in it. Officials from New Orleans has cancelled the tandem floats from parading.

Celebration of Mardi Gras in the World

In different different places the Mardi Gras is celebrated differently like that in Germany it is also celebrated and is known by different name chmutziger Donnerstag or Fetter Donnerstag that is Fat Tuesday. Where as in Italy Mardi Gras festival is called the Martedì Grasso. This day is important and day before Thursday called Giovedí Grasso that is Fat Thursday. In Venice this famous festival carnival celebrated huge.

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In the same way in Sweden this Mardi Gras festival named Fettisdagen. The same theory is also follows here that eat as much fatty food as you can before fasting. In United States this festival is traditionally celebrated in French cities and area in the country. French Catholic tradition brings this festival in North America.

In Poland this is known by the name Tłusty Czwartek. In this day here in Poland people eat their favorite pastries and doughnuts before the Lent that is the Christian fasting time . Here also the same theory continues that eat as much fatty as you can before day of fasting this day is celebrated with carnival.

Costumes in the Mardi Gars

Before the falls of the Ash Wednesday the Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is celebrated. In New Orleans the carnivals create the great joy people wear mask and march on the streets of the New Orleans.

They take up the costumes of the fairies, animals, Costumes from historic events and many other medieval costumes as well as characters from India. apart many dressed as just with colored feathers and uses mask and capes. Mardi Gras costumes shows and dipicit the joy that comes out from the people and not just costumes. in Venice their is a tradition to wear golden mask.

Generally women expose during the carnival in New Orleans. This practice is limited to the tourist and in the crowded area it is avoided by the locals in New Orleans.Generally exposing cause the crowded street so, it is avoided by the officials and local but tourist practice it mostly in the upper Bourbon street.

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Most popular festival Up Helly Aa celebration

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Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa is a unique festival of Shetland. Shetland is a small island actually Shetland is a collection of many small islands together called Shetland islands. These islands are situated in between the Greet Britain and Norway.

Festival of fire is another name of Up Helly Aa.  This Up Helly Aa is celebrated to mark the end of the Yule season and generally celebrated from January to March. This Up Helly Aa is celebrated to mark the victory of Yule. This Up Helly Aa is fire festival where people lit torch and marched on the streets. The crowd who march and torch lit are called  quizers of Lerwick.

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When crowd follow up marching with the torch light it is spectacle to see. The view is just beautiful. This Up Helly Aa has carried on with it the superb history.

History related to Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa

Before telling you the history about the Up Helly Aa let us know about the Up in Up Helly Aa, up means something which is in the end and Helly is festival mean a holy festival and Aa refers to all.

Let us know something intersting about the older Yule tradition of tar barreling. Eariler every year tar barrelling is celebrated on the eve of Christmas and New year as Up Helly Aa where a group or squad of young men drag burning tar barrel through town on a sledge but in the year 1874–1880 it is band considering the safety of the public.

Permission for torch processions was given and since then it is still continuing. The very first torch march procession celebration held in the year 1881. Slowly slowly this event of torchlit celebration celebrated at eleven places Uyeasound, Northmavine, Bressay, Cullivoe, Norwick, Waas, the South Mainland  Scalloway, Lerwick, Nesting , Girlsta and Delting.

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Modern Event related to Up Helly Aa

In modern times many thing has changed like in the year 2020 the blackface has been banned by the community. the squads visit the schools, hotels and many local places after the procession. Singing and dancing continues and at some places skit also performed which is recorded and send to the T.V shows.

Guzier  Jarl ?? Who they are ??

Guziers  Jarl are the main person who follow the torch lit. Every Guzier is character of the Norse legend. They wear their costumes and Guzier Jarl throw torches in the galley (replica of viking longship is build )after the procession.

In this festival of fire Up Helly Aa where thousand of paraders set vessel on fire. The Jarl supporter are collectively called the Guzier Jarl squad. And the participant is called the Guzier. Full of enthusiasm and joy this festival of fire is celebrated.

Every year a gallery is prepared which is replica of the Viking Longship. The street of the Lerwick town is torch lit at night. The view of this just blow you up it is so beautiful. More then the beauty the spirit of the people to celebrate this festival of fire is worth watching. The squad members are the torch bearers.

Every squad choose it own theme and dress themselves accordingly. Theme should be historical or may be tropical or satirical.

When torch bearer arrive at the the Galley which is the final destination of the torch bearer they all gather together and form a circle around the Galley and they all sing their traditional song related to the Up Helly Aa.

When the song finishes all the Guzier start throwing their torches into the longship repilca. When the Longship Galley burned down and fire dies the Guzers again start singing their traditional song which is “The Norseman’s home” and then they go on partying every Guzier visits the halls where party is going on and sing and dance and enjoy.

There are many Guzier squads and there are many halls or place of party and till the night or you can say till the next morning the party continues and the next day which is known as the “Hop Night” where dances and celebrations and party continues.

One most important thing is that Up Helly Aa for the year 2020 has not been celebrated due to the Covid 19.

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Kite Festival or Makar Sankranti festival of India 2021

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kite festival

Every year this kite festival or you can say Makar Sankranti is celebrated with full enthusiasm and joy. Children as well as the older ones enjoy this festival and fly kite. In this festival. Rabi crop harvest and also celebrate the end of the winter season. There is a belief or you can say a tradition of people to fly kite in sun as to show that summer is coming and winter ends and most important to get rid of the winter illness.

Makar Sankranti 2021

kite festival

This is one of biggest festival of Hindu which is also celebrated in many other country like in Nepal. Nepal celebrate the Makar Sankranti in different different religion but the common about this festival is flying of the kite and making the sky looks so beautiful.

Makar Sankranti or Kite festival is associated with God of Sun or Sun God or Surya Devta. The Makar Sankrati actually origin from the winter solstice. This kite festival is celebrated all over India with full enthusiasm and joy and every state celebrate this colorful festival differently.

This Makar Sankrati is very auspicious where one thing is flying a kite the other thing is doing or performing pooja with full riti riwaj or rituals and the preparation for the pooja starts in the morning, where you have to clean and decorate the house and take bath. Clean your pooja ghar or mandir where you going to perform the pooja.

Steps involve in the Pooja

Firstly for baayna, take two ghevars and put it in the Pooja thali. Secondly also put some money in the thali and sprinkle rice or chawal on the baayna and finally put tilak on your face and finally fold your hand and cover it with duppatta or saree whatever you are wearing and  four time rotate over baayna.

When the pooja done you can give this baayan to someone elder then you in your house like your mother-in-law or sister-in-law and if know one was there you can sent it to the temple.

One more important that is associated with this kite festival is Brahmin are invited for lunch and they are gifted with any 14 things to 14 Brahmin, it can be anything like blankets etc. This is also don every interestingly like you have to keep the things that is to be gifted with some money and sprinkle some chawals or rice over it.

Craze of Flying Kites

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If you are born in India or ever been to India you will definatly now about the craze of flying kites in India. Irrespective of the caste, religion and gender everyone are invited and free to fly his favorite kite. All variety of kites are available in the market.

The kite becomes demanding and whole market is flooded with kites. In this kite flying festival fighting is also important, actually fighting word is related to the cutting of kite who will cut kite of whom.

The whole sky looks so beautiful during this kite festival. Many kite are brought from abroad like from Malaysia, USA, Japan, Italy and also when the sun sets then the sky is full of the tukkals or you can say kite carrying candles or you can say a paper lantern.

International kite Festival 2021

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The lovers of kite festival take part in the International Kite festival. The Tourism Corporation of Gujarat,main motto to start this festival is promote the festival and highlight their culture.

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The kite flyer from all over the country come to take part in the festival from over 45 countries from all over the world are taking keen interest in the festival. since 1989 Ahmadabad is the host city for the International kite festival.

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