Author: Abhishek Singh

World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day is observed globally every year on 25th April, to escalate global efforts for controlling malaria epidemic. Malaria is a mosquito borne infectious disease affecting both humans and animals, causing millions of deaths annually. World Malaria Day was established by the 60th session of World Health Assembly in May 2007, which is a governing body of World Health Organization, constituting of 194 member states. World Malaria Day was established to provide knowledge and information about the causes and spread of Malaria, as well as to provide financial and technical support to anti malaria campaigns across the globe. World Malaria Day 2019 World Malaria Day 2019 was observed on Thursday, 25th April, 2019. World Malaria Day theme 2019 was “Zero malaria starts with me”. Paris and France were the official host for the World Malaria Day 2019. There was a series of activities and events which were organised throughout the city. The events focused on fighting malaria and the steps to prevent it. The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the launch of first malaria vaccine for children less than 2 years of age in Africa. The countries which will pioneer in the pilot project are Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. Around 3.6 lakh children will be receiving the vaccine in these African countries post launch of the vaccine. Awareness posters and pamphlets were distributed ahead of World Malaria Day in...

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Hemis Gompa Festival

Hemis Gompa festival is a two days festival celebrated in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. It is celebrated in Hemis Monastery which is also called Hemis Gompa. The second day of the festival marks the birth anniversary of Padmasambhava, an 8th Century Buddhist master and spiritual guru. The term “Gompa” is used for Buddhist fortified schools of learning and meditation, something like a university. Gompas are common in Tibetan region including parts of China, India, Nepal and Bhutan. Hemis Gompa Festival 2019 Hemis Gompa Festival in 2019 will be celebrated from Tuesday, 11th June 2019 to Wednesday, 12th June 2019. When is Hemis Gompa Festival Celebrated? Hemis Gompa festival is an annual celebration, held on the 10th day of Tse-Chu Lunar month as per the Tibetan calendar. Tse-Chu is the second lunar month in Tibetan calendar. The festival also marks the conclusion of harsh winter and the beginning of sunny days. However, the dates of celebration might vary each year. Various Names of Hemis Gompa In Laddakh the festival is known as Hemis Gompa Festival, Tse Chu ceremony, Tse Chu Cham, Hemis Tse Chu or simply the Hemis festival. In Bhutan the festival is called Paro Tse-Chu. Why is Hemis Festival Celebrated? Hemis festival is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of a Buddhist Guru named Padmasambhava, meaning lotus born. He was an 8th century Buddhist Guru and...

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Ullambana Festival

Ullambana is a popular Buddhist festival observed in some Asian countries. The festival is held to please the deceased ancestors by making offerings to their spirits. The festival is celebrated on 15th day of the seventh month or the monkey month as per the traditional Chinese Lunisolar calendar. It is also called the Ghost Festival or the Hungry Ghost festival, because of the ritual of making offerings to the spirits of ancestors or to any other wandering spirit, for that matter. The name Ullambana has been derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “to rescue from being hanging upside down”, or to rescue from great suffering. Ullambana 2019 This year Ullambana will be celebrated on Thursday, 15th August 2019. When is Ullambana Celebrated? Ullambana is celebrated on 15th day of the seventh month as per the Chinese lunisolar calendar. The date of observance of the festival varies each year. Ullambana Nomenclature According to the ancient Buddhist scriptures, the word Ullambana has been derived by combining two Sanskrit words – Ullam and Bana. In Sanskrit “Ullam” means to hang upside down and Bana means “to rescue”. Ullambana therefore means to rescue form being hanged upside down or a great suffering. In present context it is a festival to rescue one’s ancestors from hell and liberate their souls. Legend of Ullambana The legend of the Ghost Festival is associated with Gautam Buddha...

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Mahamastak Abhisheka

Mahamastakabhisheka refers to the anointment (abhisheka) ceremony of the Jain images. The most significant of the Mahamastakabhishekas held in India is the anointment of the statue of Bahubali at Shravanabelagola, Karnataka, known as the Gommateshwara statue. Bahubali is much revered figure in Jainism and was the son of Jainism first tirthankara – Rishabhanatha. The Mahamastakabhisheka of Bahubali Gommateshwara statue is a major festival of Jainism, celebrated every 12 years. Last anointing took place 17th February 2018 to 25th February 2018 and the next is scheduled for the year 2030. Mahamastak Abhisheka 2030 When Will Next Mahamastak Abhisheka Held? As the festival is observed every 12 years, the next is scheduled for 2030. Mahamastak Abhisheka 2018 The last Mahamastak abhisheka of Bahubali at Shravanabelagola (District – Hassan) was held from February 17th to 25th in 2018. When is Mahamastakabhisheka Celebrated? The dates for Mahamastakabhisheka are decided based on the Lunisolar Jain calendar and depend on the location of celestial bodies. The ritual is observed every 12 years and usually falls in the month of February. The dates of the ritual are announced by the main Swami of Jain Mutt at Shravanabelagola, well in advance to give plenty of time to devotees coming from far off places. Legend Behind Gommateshwara Mahamastak Abhisheka Gommateshwara statue is carved from a single piece of stone and represents a revered Jain figure Bahubali, the son...

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Dev Deepawali

Dev Deepawali is a Hindu festival of light celebrated mainly in the Hindu pilgrimage city of Varanasi (Kashi); celebrated fifteen days after the festival of Deepawali. The festival is also called Tripuri Purnima and Tripurari Purnima and is equally celebrated by Sikhs and Jains as well. Varanasi is the holiest city in India and a major religious pilgrimage for Hindus. “Dev Deepawali”, as the name suggests, refers to the Deepawali of Gods (Devs). Hindus believe that on this day, Gods descend from heaven to celebrate Deepawali in Varanasi and to bathe in the holy water of Ganges. Dev Deepawali is grandly celebrated as a five day festival with pomp and show in Varanasi, concluding with main celebration on Kartik Purnima. Dev Deepawali 2019 Dev Deepawali in 2019 will be celebrated on Tuesday, 12th November 2019. The auspicious time for lighting diyas and performing other religious rituals is during the Purnima Tithi. On 12th November 2019, the Purnima Tithi begins at 18:01 P.M. and will end at 19:04 P.M. When is Dev Deepawali Celebrated? Dev Deepawali is celebrated fifteen days after Diwali (Deepawali) festival. It falls on a Purnima (full moon day) in the Hindu month of Kartik, which is the seventh month of traditional Hindu calendar. While Diwali falls on a no moon day, Dev Diwali on the other hand is celebrated a fortnight later on a full moon...

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