Author: Abhishek Singh

International Day of Forests

The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution on 28th November 2012, designating 21st March as the International Day of Forests. Hence the first International Day of Forests was observed on 21st March 2013; since then it is being celebrated annually to raise awareness about all types of forests and to protect them. Various United Nations’ organizations like UNFF (United Nations Forum on Forests) and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) facilitates the events. The agencies collaborate with governments, CPF (Collaborative Partnership on Forests) and other relevant organizations to celebrate the “International Day Of Forests”. International Day of Forests 2019? International Day of Forests 2019 will be celebrated on Thursday, the 21st of March. International Day of Forests 2019 theme is “Forests and Education – Learn to Love Forests”. The day will be celebrated to raise awareness on the importance of forest for the maintaining the balance of the ecosystem and to provide a sustained development. This year the focus will be made on the raising awareness campaigns and educating people about forests and how it is a vital part of our planet. Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE) held an event on the eve of International Day of Forests.  The event was mainly focused on promoting the importance of education for the conservation of the forest and maintaining the biodiversity of a place. Famous...

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Maha Shivaratri

“Maha Shivaratri” is a Hindu festival dedicated to lord Shiva; a revered Hindu Deity. The followers of Shiva worship him as the supreme God. They believe that he is the creator as well as the destroyer of the universe. Many Hindu festivals are celebrated during day, but Maha Shivaratri holds an exception of being celebrated during night. It is also called the great night of Shiva. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated in the Hindu calendar month of Magha, which is the tenth month of the year and corresponds to February/March months in Gregorian calendar. Like other Hindu festivals, there are various historical legends related to Maha Shivaratri and all of them are related to Lord Shiva. The festival of Maha Shivaratri holds much significance for Hindus and is usually celebrated with worships, meditation and self realization rather than lively and noisy festivities, like in other festivals. When is Maha Shivaratri 2019? The “Maha Shivaratri” in 2019 will be observed on 4th March, Monday. The Chaturdashi Tithi will begin at 16:28 P.M. on 4/03/2019 up to 19:07 P.M. 5/03/2019. When is Maha Shivaratri Celebrated? “Maha Shivaratri” is celebrated in the Hindu calendar month of Magha, just before the arrival of summer. Though, every month of Hindu calendar has a Shivaratri usually falling on 13th or 14th day of the month; Maha Shivaratri is celebrated in the late winter months corresponding to...

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Thaipoosam Festival

Thaipusam is an Indian festival celebrated by Tamil community in and also outside India, where there is a presence of Tamil Hindu fraternity. It falls in the last week of January or the first week of February. The festival is associated with Tamil God “Murugan”, and is also celebrated as his birthday. Murugan is the son of Goddess Parvathi and Hindu God Shiva, and is a revered God in Indian Tamil community. The festival of “Thaipusam” is grandly celebrated in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Canada, Mauritius, Singapore, South Africa, Indonesia and Thailand and also other parts of the world where there is a presence of Hindu Tamil community. Like many other Indian festivals, Thaipusam also has an interesting history and mythological legends attached to it. The festival is vibrantly celebrated by all the Tamil Hindu communities and reflects religion, culture, faith and endurance of the devotees. Thaipoosam Festival 2019 Thaipusam Festival in 2019 will be celebrated on January 21, Monday. When and Why is Thaipusam Celebrated? Like many Indian festivals which are celebrated on a full moon day; Thaipusam is also celebrated on full moon day which falls in the month of Tamil month of “Thai”. “Thai” means 10th; a reference to 10th month of Tamil calendar and “Pusam” refers to a star. Thaipusam is celebrated when the full moon aligns itself with a constellation...

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Vasant Panchami Festival

“Vasant Panchami” or “Basant Panchami” is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly in central and northern parts of India. It marks the onset of spring season and is celebrated in the Hindu calendar month of “Magha”, usually falling in January end or early February as per the Gregorian calendar. “Vasant Panchami” is a very auspicious festival for Hindus, invoking the sense of religiousness and also gratitude towards revered Gods/Goddess and nature for providing sustenance, livelihood, wisdom, love etc. Like many other Hindu festivals, “Basant Panchami” is also celebrated vibrantly by all the Hindu communities. The festival of “Basant Panchami” has an ancient history with many legends attached to it. In a way it is also associated to the harvest and therefore it also holds much significance among Indian farming community. It is a festival equally revered and celebrated by students, normal households, businesses and farmers. The celebrations of “Basant Panchami” are as colorful as its glorious and legendary past. We will go through all the aspects of “Basant Panchami” in this article. Vasant Panchami Festival 2019 The festival of “Vasant Panchami” in 2019 will be celebrated on 10th February, Sunday. The puja timing for “Basant Panchami 2019” will begin at 07:06 A.M. lasting till 12:41 P.M.; duration of 5 Hours and 34 Minutes. What does “Vasant/Basant Panchami” Mean? In Hindi the season of spring is referred to as Vasant or...

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Pongal Festival

“Pongal” is a four day long harvest festival celebrated in the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is also celebrated in other parts of world with presence of Tamil Diaspora – Sri Lanka, Malaysia, South Africa, Singapore, United States and Canada. “Pongal” is also called as “Thai Pongal”, referring to tenth month in the Tamil Calendar. The four day long celebrations of “Pongal” have different activities assigned for each day and usually include thanking God and other elements for providing sustenance and livelihood. Though “Pongal” is not a gazetted holiday in India, schools and colleges remain closed for all the four days and also no agriculture businesses remain closed during the festival. “Pongal” is observed in other states of India as well, with different names; usually as a day’s celebration. In national capital Delhi and adjacent state of Haryana, it is celebrated as “Maghi”; in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar it is celebrated as “Khichri” and in state of Assam it is called “Magh Bihu”. Pongal Festival 2019 “Pongal” or “Thai Pongal” 2019 will be celebrated from January 15th (Tuesday) to January 18th (Friday) 2019. What Does “Pongal” Means? “Pongal” in Tamil means to ‘over flow’ or to ‘spill over’. It is a reference to the rice dish which is customary prepared during the festival. A mix of rice, milk, jaggery, lentils, nuts etc is...

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