Raksha Bandhan – The Bond of Protection

Raksha Bandhan Festival

Raksha Bandhan is derived from two words ‘Raksha’ which means protection and ‘Bandhan’ meaning binding or bound. In Sanskrit, it translates to, “the bond of protection, obligation, or care”. It is recognized by many names like ‘Vish Trak’ – the destroyer of venom, ‘Punya Pradayak’- the best owner of boons and the ‘Pap Nashak’ – … Read more

Eid – History and Celebration

Eid

The festival of Eid or Eid ul-Fitr (also spelled as Id al-Fitr) is a religious holiday which commemorates the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting throughout Ramadan, all around the world. It is a very auspicious festival for Muslims and is considered a very important occasion in Islam.  Eid ul-Fitr, when translated directly, refers to … Read more

Rama Navami- History, Significance, and Celebration

Rama Ravami

Rama Navami (Sri Rama Navami) is celebrated to mark the day when the great Maryada Purushottam Ram Or Lord Rama was incarnated in Ayodhya as a human. Lord Rama is known to be the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is also known to embody the divinities of Lord Vishnu. Various ancient Indian scriptures accentuate … Read more

Maha Shivaratri Festival – History, Significance, and Celebrations

Maha Shivaratri

As the long and cold winter is coming to an end, religious Hindu people from around the world are getting ready to welcome the spring with Mahadeva. Mahadeva or Shiva, the destroyer, is one the deity among the Hindu trinity which consists of Brahma and Vishnu, widely recognized as the Trimurti. Maha Shivaratri symbolizes the … Read more

Vasant Panchami – History, Significance, and Celebration

Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami or Basant Panchami refers to the religious Hindu festival of Saraswati Puja or Shree Panchami. It is a seasonal spring festival that is observed in many regions of India. It is celebrated as the Basant Festival of Kites in Punjab region; observed in Gurdwaras as a Sikh festival, the birthday of the Sun … Read more

Makar Sankranti – History, Significance, and Celebration

makar sankranti

Makar Sankranti is one of the few ancient Indian festivals that has been observed according to solar cycles, while most festivals are set by the lunar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu calendar.  Being a festival that celebrates the solar cycle, it almost always falls on the same Gregorian date every year, which is January 14, … Read more