Category Archives: Festival

Celebrations of New Year

Being a multicultural diversified country, India celebrates occasion of New Year many a times in a year. So this day i.e. first day of Hindu calendar month Chaitra, which is falling on 21st March 2015 is one of them. This day is celebrated in most part of India in different ways with great fanfare and sumptuous feast,  and here are my best wishes:

Happy Vikram Samvat 2072
As this day marks the beginning of Hindu new year which is based on Luni-Solar calendar. Hindu calendars followed in North India – especially in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkand, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Delhi and Chhattisgarh.

Chaitra Navratri or Vasanta Navratri or Rama Navratri
This day also marks the beginning of Chaitra Navratri which is nine days festival begins on first day of Hindu calendar month Chaitra. Rama Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama usually falls on the ninth day during Navratri festivity. Hence it is also known as Rama Navratri.

Happy Chet-i-Chand
Cheti Chand is a festival celebrated as New Year’s Day by Sindhi community of India and Pakistan to honour of the birth of Ishtadeva Uderolal, popularly known as Jhulelal, the patron saint of the Sindhis. This will fall on second day of Hindu calendar month Chaitra.

Gudhi Padvyachya Hardik Shubhechcha (Happy Gudi Padwa )
This is how Maharashtrian celebrates it. You can see many a Gudis sticking out of window or terrace or right side of main entrance in traditional Maharashtrian households. Bright green, saffron or yellow cloth adorned with brocade (zari) tied to the tip of a long bamboo over which gaathi (sugar crystals), Neem leaves, a twig of mango leaves and a garland of red flowers is tied. A silver or copper pot is placed in the inverted position over it.

Navve varsache shubhashay, Samsar padvyache shubhashay (Happy Samvatsar Padvo)
This is how Hindu Konkanis celebrate in western Indian coastal region like Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala.

Ugadi Subhakankshalu (Happy Ugadi)
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana celebrates it with the name of Ugadi.

Yugadi Habbada Shubhashayagalu (Happy Yugadi)
Karnataka celebrates it with the name of Yugadi. The name is derived from the Sanskrit words yuga (age) and ādi (beginning): “the beginning of a new age”.

Nava baras ri badhaiyan (Happy Thapna)
Thapna is a New Year as per Rajasthani calendar (Marwari Miti). Starting with 1st day of Chaitra Shudh.

Sajibu nongma panba or Meetei Cheiraoba
It is the festival of the people who follows the sanamahism religion of the Indian state of Manipur. The day, begins with ritual offerings of fruits, vegetables, rice and other uncooked food items to the Meitei deity Lainingthou Sanamahi during the early morning of the festival.

Navreh is the celebration of new year in Kashmir. The Kashmiri pandits, visit the sacred spring of Vichar Nag to take the holy dip on this auspicious day. They also make new a new almanac and a scroll called ‘Kreel pach’ on this day.

Navroz Mubarak
Navroz is the name of the Iranian New Year which is celebrated by Parsi community in India.

Nyepi and Ngembak Geni
Nyepi is a Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated according to the Balinese calendar. It is a Hindu celebration mainly celebrated in Bali, Indonesia. The day following Nyepi i.e. Ngembak Geni is also celebrated as New Year’s Day. On this day, the youth of Bali practice the ceremony of Omed-omedan or ‘The Kissing Ritual’ to celebrate the new year.

Next set of Indian new year celebrations will mostly fall on 14th April 2015 i.e. first day of Hindu calendar month Vaishakh.


Holi with VJTI Friends

Hello Friends,
I hope you all are fine and enjoying your day. I just wanted to share my thoughts and details of Holi festival, which we enjoyed at Vasai, Mumbai this time.

If you also enjoyed it with great vigor and fun then do share it…
Have Fun 😉

Date : 4th Mar 2007
Place : Vasai
Venue: Adwait’s Home
Participant: Adwait, Deepesh, Jitendra, Mahesh, Mitul, Prashant, Raj, Rajesh, Ridwan, Rupesh, Sachin, Uday, Vishal
Missing: All except above thirteen …

This all started with a single message of Jeetu to me which says “hum kal vasai ja rahe hain aur tu aa raha hai bas” pin drop silence for a while…..and then i started with my excuses to avoid this …but no help…and finally in the evening i finalize for it in front of Jeetu, UD & Ridwan….

We suppose to meet at Thane ST Stop at 7 am. Most of the time whenever i want to go for picnic my stomach gets gadbad and it happened this time also so I called Jeetu at 7:20 and said “mere pet(stomach) mein gadbad hain… hum 8:15 ko milte hain….” and i reached there with the thought that “saale sab gaali denge kyunki maine late kiya hain” but then there is Rajesh who saved me by coming at 8:45….

With some initial coloring to each other we took a bus for Vasai….UD took initiative of singing and we sang exactly 3 song, all from Amitji’s movie….and with some knowledge transformation about NH-8 and enjoying scenic beauty on the road we reached Vasai ….

Conversation between UD & Adwait on phone:
Adwait: Kahan ho ?
UD: Vasai…
Adwait: “to Vasai ki bus pakad kar aa jao ….”

finally taking bus of Papdi with a good joke from conductor we reached Adwait’s Home….

Action Time:
Action begins with gullal, then some pakka color and then color mixed with waters..and yeah also some kichads(i mean matti wala paani)….in this period Jeetu’s face color changed from Red to Green to Blue etc etc…

As per Jeetu’s plan of having fun of three people with pakka color ….we started with Rupesh…..Rupesh with long hair and cool white teeth was great scope for making a colorful event…..and after making him Bhayanak Jaamuni Bhoot from all side….we went to Adwait’s home ….

He and his family served a great delicious food one after other……that we forgot to color late arrived Prashant that time….and also in meantime we enjoyed new hairdo of Jeetu and his cream secret with failed photo session …

After this we moved to nearby Suruchi beach on a DRY day…but before moving we colored Prashant … and Prashant dont mind for that red color teeth….so we had two guarantee color with us till Suruchi beach….

Getting Beachy:
We had a great fun in Suruchi beach…and in fact anyone else can describe this fun better then me…..lucky one will also get chance to view those amazing pictures of this beachy activity….

Washing Time at Adwait’s Uncle Home:
Everyone is impressed with Mitul’s work during cleaning and bathing…and i hope he will continue this service in Pune also….also when 6 people took bath outside then Jeetu came out from bathroom…. and started using that cream called…..

Gachchi par Majaa:
Jeetu was really lucky today….i tried to pull his leg as usual but this time my aces (UD & Rupesh) got against me and supported him in all activity like support gang……also he got two strong support from Raj & a rival gang member Ridwan…… .

Here again we enjoyed delicious Poran Poli and Pohe….with keeping check on number of spoons….. with the talk of Private member ….and new findings about UD…..

Session of Mimicry of our classmates by our classmates are unforgettable. ….special thanks to Ridwan…

Back to Home:
The Bus ride from Vasai to Thane was full of fun and hot debates …. where we discussed about Fractal, Party Scenario and UD’s justification of cutest smile…. and yeah i will always be grateful to Ridwan for his instant long term vision during this bus ride.

It was a great experience with lots of fun and delicious food. We should do this kind of get together as frequently as possible and in the presence of all the members of our beloved VJTI.