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Fun and festivities in India - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

In mysterious and remote India, people like to celebrate different holidays and organize colorful festivals. The unique atmosphere of the East influences the organization of Indian holidays and festivals. People who manage to attend any of these entertainments are guaranteed unforgettable memories and positive emotions of the festivities. Many Indian holidays have religious roots, and the traditions of their celebration go deep into ancient times. However, it is not only traditional festivals and holidays that are celebrated in India. Special attention is also paid to official dates, the celebrations of which are bright and colorful as well.
1. In India, it is considered a sign of great rudeness to point at someone or something with one finger. If you want to do this, use all the fingers …
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The new calendar year in India, as in most countries, starts with a celebration of the New Year. However, the celebration of the New Year on January 1st is mainly held by Christians. During the period from January 4th to January 7th, all yoga lovers spend it in the town of Pondicherry. The main reason why they decide to gather here is to celebrate the international yoga week. Republic Day has become the most important holiday for Hindus. It is celebrated every year on January 26th, starting from 1950. There are special festive parades which are organized in each state capital and the capital of the country. In the capital of India, beautifully designed platforms are represented on the parade, each of which represents a particular state. The main event of the holiday is the military parade of the Delhi garrison. From the end of February to the beginning of March, the city of Khajuraho becomes the center of the Indian dance festival. In the same period, Maha Shivaratri or the Great Night of Shiva is celebrated. It is celebrated by people staying awake all night, reading mantras and religious chants.
With the onset of spring, the festival of elephants is celebrated in India. The festival begins on March 2nd, the day when Hindus celebrate the Holi festival. Both of these events are dedicated to spring and awakening of nature from the winter season. Within the framework of the Holi festival and the festival of elephants, people that occupy different social positions throw colored powder over each other and splash colored water on one another. Elephants are also decorated to match the colors of celebration and their huge bodies are decorated with different patterns. Only elephants are allowed to take part in the celebrations. After seeing all the elephants in the procession, a jury chooses the most beautifully decorated elephant. Another entertainment is the tug-of-war between the elephant and a group of people. In late April and early May, the city of Sarnath celebrates the birthday of Gautam Buddha, the ninth incarnation of the Vishnu God. At the time of celebration, Sarnath becomes the center of attraction for millions of religious pilgrims. On May 8th, Indians simultaneously celebrate three of the most important events in the life of their main god Buddha. According to the tradition, Buddha was born on this day of May. The event took place in 623 BC. After 80 years on May 8th, he achieved enlightenment and passed away. This holiday is very important for every Buddhist. Copyright
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In July, the Hemis festival is organized at Hemis Monastery. It is dedicated to the birthday of the master Padmasambhava, the founder of Buddhism in Tibet. Dalai Lama attends this holiday. Participants of the festival dress in national clothes, which have not changed at all since ancient times. The festival offers an opportunity to talk with Lamas who have become masters in the Tibet monasteries. On August 15th, India celebrates its Independence Day which they gained in the year 1947. The main event of the holiday is the hoisting of the Indian national flag at the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort. Hundreds of thousands of Indians, including the country leaders, government officials, and politicians, attend this event. After the flag has been raised, the head of the Indian government delivers a speech to the people of the country. A big reception timed to the holiday is hosted in the President’s Palace. In the middle of August, Indians celebrate the Raksha Bandhan holiday, the favorite holiday of Indian women. During the celebration, sisters tie a red thread around the wrists of their brothers. The threads symbolize the strengthening of their protection from trouble and illness.
In October, India celebrates the holiday of devotion and loyalty, Karva Chauth. Married Indian women dress up in beautiful clothes, fast and pray for the health of their spouses. Men can also join women in the fast, however, it is optional. Fasting means that a couple is ready to sacrifice something in the name of love. Spouses spend this day together and give each other presents. Husbands often present wives expensive jewelry. November 7th in India marks the Diwali Lights Festival. It symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. On the night of the holiday, also called the festival of lights, Indians light up icing lamp, torches and let off festive fireworks in the sky. According to legends, such illuminations are dedicated to the coronation of Prince Rama. According to another version, the festival of lights is held in acknowledgment of his (Prince Rama’s) wise reign and overcoming the hard period in the country. On this holiday, Indians clean up their houses, fumigate them with incense and light up lamps and candles. The holiday lasts for five days. Hindus congratulate each other, wish one another the very best, dance and have fun.
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Ladder Abaneri

From the series “Furious Footways Around the World That Make You Dizzy”
Not all of the most breathtaking stairs of the planet lead up. A good example of this is a staircase, which is located in the old Indian city of Abaneri. In ancient times, city inhabitants built a deep well, at the bottom of which they were escaping from the exausting heat. It is to the bottom of this well that the legendary Abaneri staircase leads. Like many centuries ago, today the bottom of the well is filled with water. A hundred years ago, everyone could bathe in the well, but today the historic landmark is open exclusively to pilgrims who are allowed to wash their feet in the well.

To descend into the well of the right square shape, many steep stone staircases were equipped along its perimeter. All along the perimeter there are 3500 steps. The stairs have no railing, so the descent … Read all

Delhi Pillar

From the series “The Most Mysterious Constructions of the Planet”
The Indian city of Delhi has a mysterious landmark - the Iron Column. It is located on the outskirts of the city and was built according to the scholars' opinion about 1 600 years ago. Although the column was entirely made of iron, it was not damaged by the corrosion in the course of so long existence, and has retained its original appearance for more than 16 centuries. The modern scientists do not find any explanations for this strange fact, and can not even explain the manner of the column formation.

The locals consider the Iron Column as a real miracle and believe in their magical power. Many claim that after the contact of the column many diseases are healed and the realization of desires can be reckoned with. The height of the giant iron column is 7 meters, its approximate weight … Read all
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Malaysia Shares Its 2020 Tourist Arrivals Data

Malaysia is not the only country that suffered from such a drastic drop in arrivals last year. According to the information published by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the decrease in arrivals in Asia and the Pacific reached 84% in 2020. ASEAN countries had a similar result. The arrivals in Singapore dropped by 85.7%, in Thailand – by 83.2%, in Vietnam and Indonesia - by 78.7% and 75% respectively. Read this


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Parimal Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in Ahmedabad. Visitors always mention the exotic flora of this area. In Parimal Garden, visitors can take pictures near various types of palm trees, flowers, and climbing plants. There is also a large pond that is almost entirely covered with lotuses. Beautiful fountains everywhere, charming gazebos and tents that protect from the hot sun make this park very comfortable for visitors. There is an interesting nature reserve approximately … Read more
The outskirts of Agra are home to several unique natural landmarks. For example, National Chambal Sanctuary NCS offers interesting excursions for its visitors. The natural reserve occupies an area of more than 5,400 square kilometers. It has many different zones that make a visit to this reserve even more interesting. The park has large water reservoirs, greenwood forests, spacious fields, and deserted areas. No wonder why National Chambal Sanctuary is home to hundreds of different animals, … Read more
Nature enthusiasts enjoy taking strolls in Ram Bagh Park. This park is situated in one of the newest neighborhoods in Amritsar. Ram Bagh Park got its name after the founder of Amritsar. This is one of the most beautiful landscaped gardens in the city. There is an interesting collection of conifers in this park. A part of the park is reserved for cultivating herbs. Numerous manmade canals and a pond with goldfish create a tranquil atmosphere. Gorgeous fountains decorate the central part of the … Read more
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This majestic garden features original decoration. The main inhabitants of the park are various birds. The park offers as well a vast collection of exotic plants. The park locates several ancient buildings attracting many tourists. The Garden of Five Senses is a genuinely stunning place for visitors. It meets the guests with plenty of fragrant flower beds and astonishing floristic compositions. During the exploration of the garden its visitors will find huge statues of stone elephants, fantastic … Read more
Tourists craving to learn more about the natural attractions of the destination will love the Kanheri Caves. The caves host a beautiful lake. Tourists will discover various stalactites and stalagmites while exploring the natural attraction. Exciting boat tours through the caves are held every day. To learn the local natural attractions better one should set off to the Hanging garden which boasts a huge collection of flowers. The Shivaji park offers the best facilities for sport activity and … Read more
Largest choice of high quality shopping centers and street markets will surely delight even most hard to please shoppers. Brigade Road is usually named the most famous shopping street of the city. This is the place where you can find huge selection of inexpensive shops and souvenir outlets. The most popular movie theater of the city – Rex – is also located here. Your walks in bright shops of Bangalore can be successfully combined with rest in the local cafes. Fans of active pastime will … Read more
Travelers who wish to bring a lot of interesting souvenirs should definitely visit the Storytrails district, as a colorful market is its main attraction. Here you can spend hours strolling through the winding streets, examining colorful stalls and enjoying the typical atmosphere of Indian markets. At Storytrails market, you can buy not only interesting souvenirs, but also a variety of national food and spices, fresh vegetables and fruits. Those who have vacation with children should pay … Read more
Close to the beach there is renowned Yog Nisarga health center, which will be useful not only for fans of yoga, but also for those who have long wanted to get the help of highly qualified health specialists. Travelers can make their vacations more amazing by visiting outstanding natural attractions; Dudhsagar Falls enjoy high popularity. All visitors can not only admire beauty of waterfalls, but also swim in the specially equipped area. Goa has literally all possible modern entertainment … Read more

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