Ethinic Touch for India

FESTIVAL

A time to celebrate and rejoice the oneness with a lightening spirit...

a time to be with family and friends...

a time to cover up on the lost days nd regain your energy... &

a time to dress up in vibrant colors of life...



VASANT PANCHAMI

Vasant Panchami marks the birthday of Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge music and art. It is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the Indian month Magh (Jan-Feb), the first day of spring. Traditionally during this festival children are taught to write their first words

The festive colour yellow, symbolic of spring, plays an important part of this day. Saraswati’s favorite color yellow assumes special significance on this day. Statues of the goddess are dressed in yellow saree and are worshiped by devotees adorning yellow garments and they put a yellow, turmeric tilak on their forehead. At home, kesar halva, also yellow in colour, is prepared.

 

BAHAG BIHU

Bahag Bihu or Rongali Bihu refers to the onset of the Assamese New Year, welcoming the spring. It’s a time to make merriment and to feast for the farmers are ready with the paddy. The ladies make pithas and larus, the traditional food made of rice and coconut which gives the real essence of the season.

During this the time the young people in the village move around in groups along with pretty girls dressed in the beautiful traditional Assamese attire and singing Bihu songs of love and romance.

 

GUDI PADWA

It is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month, and is celebrated as New Year's Day by Maharashtrians & Hindu (Konkanis). This is also the first day of Marathi calendar This festival is supposed to mark the beginning of Vasant (spring).

People dress up in Navvaari Saree. ('Nav' meaning nine and 'vaar' meaning yard.) It is popular in Maharashtra. The sari is draped like a dhoti. Thus it forms a kind of divided sari, allowing greater freedom of movement.

 

PONGAL

Thai Pongal is a harvest festival equivalent to a thanks giving event celebrated by

Tamilians across the world. Pongal coincides with the festival Makara Sankranthi celebrated in various parts of India.

Pongal in Tamil means – 'boiling over or spill over.' The act of boiling over of milk in the clay pot is considered to denote future wishes for the family.

Tamil Brahmins wear the Madisar saree – a nine-yard saree draped in the complex manner that has been handed down through generations.

The nine yards of the sari function as the all-inclusive garment. It is worn without a petticoat or underskirt – unlike the normal six-yard sari – and, if wrapped properly, requires no other undergarment or upper garment.

 

ONAM

The biggest carnival of Kerala, celebrated with great pomp and joy fills the air with vigor and life. It has a range of fascinating activities spread over a period of ten days like the snake race, grand elephant procession, flower mats and the nine-course meal— Onamsadya.

Men dress up traditionally and the women wear Kasavu saree (traditional cream sarees with a gold border) and mundu.

 

DIWALI

Diwali is one of the biggest and most celebrated festival throughout India. This festival of lights, people reunite with their family & friends embracing each other’s love. As the legend says it marks the homecoming of their beloved king Lord Shree Ram after 14 years of exile.

People light up their homes so that prosperity and happiness may fill them up. They dress in new clothes and the best attire.

Women nowdays are dressed in designer sarees with a huge variety of colors and styles.

 

NAVARATRI

Literary meaning nine nights this is a festival of dance and nine forms of shakti / Goddesses are worshipped.

Men and women in Gujarat play garba – raas all night long in traditional channiya-cholis (skirts and blouses with mirror work). On the ninth day during the emersion of the Goddess women dress up traditional Bandhani sarees (tie-dye sarees with dotted designs) out of which the most common being Gharcholas which consist of network of squares and woven band of zaris.

 

TEEJ

Held during the monsoons, July-August. Teej is also dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati and this time it is married women who pray for a happy and long married life. It is the festival of swings which are decorated with flowers and hung from trees.

Teej is celebrated mainly by the women folk of Rajasthan. All over Rajasthan, even in remote villages, Jhoolas (swings) are hung from trees and decorated with leaves and flowers.

Ladies and girls can be seen enjoying on these swings, playing games, singing folk songs and applying Mehandi (henna) on their palms, all dressed in green or other bright colored sarees.

DURGA POOJA

Durga Puja is the biggest festival in Bengal. This is also known as Dusherra and Navaratri in other parts of India. Durga is the Goddess of divine power against all evils.

It refers to all the six days observed as Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Bijoya Dashami. The Goddess of Shakti (power) and knowledge are worshipped.

Ladies dress in traditional colored Bengali Sarees with red borders. The festival is celebrated with great pomp and joy.