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Tag Archives: Festivals

tgblog Sep 27 2014

Durga Puja – Visit, Eat and Worship

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Growing up in a region with a cosmopolitan nature gave me a chance to understand different cultures. The North-East is an area with a sizeable Bengali population. Thus, after Christmas, the major festival celebrated here is Durga Puja, popularly known as Sharadiya Utsav. The ethnic Assamese or Asomiya people also celebrate it. As the festive season approaches, my Bengali friends would say that they could easily smell the fragrance of puja in the air. It is an event to welcome goddess Durga into our homes from her husband Shiva’s abode. Truly so, as it is a time when we would […..]

tgblog Aug 28 2014

Sneak a Short Holiday this Vinayaka Chaturthi

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Here comes Ganesh Chaturthi again! In South India, the festival is popularly referred to as Vinayaka Chaturthi and is celebrated to mark lord Ganesha’s birthday. Almost all Indians are bound to know about this festival as it has featured in many Bollywood movies, with the likes of Salman Khan and Govinda dancing to the tunes. Celebrated Where? While celebrated in the whole of India, the place which takes centre stage for Ganesh Chaturthi is Mumbai. True, that the festival has sort of exerted a trademark influence over the city, but this does not mean that other cities take a back-seat. […..]