Mar 202012

Holika, or Holi for short, is the Festival of Color. It marks the end of the nippy winter months and the beginning of spring. This festival comes during the full moon in the Hindu month of Phagan, in February or March. Bura na mano, Holi hai! “Don’t mind (feel offense), it’s Holi!” Traditions and customs: […]

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Mar 202012
Basant Panchami

Basant Panchami is the Festival of Spring celebrated in Haryana and Punjab, India in January or February. It is a time to say goodbye to winter and welcome spring. Also known as Vasant Panchami, Saraswati Puja, Shree Panchami, or the Festival of Kites it is held on the fifth day of Magha (a month in the […]

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Mar 202012

Pongal is a harvest festival in India on or close to January 15th. It is celebrated in many different ways throughout the country. This festival dates back at least 1,000 years. Some regional names are Makar Sankranti, Kanumu, Lohri, Bihu, Bhogi, Thai Pongal, Poki festival, and Hadaga Festival. Thai Pongal is celebrated by Tamils (originating in […]

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