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Holi, the festival of colours, today

Logo R1 square bgMarch 13 (TravelAndy): Holi, the festival of colours, is being celebrated in India and various places around the world today.

Though the festival has Hindu origins, this festival, which is associated with the arrival of Spring, has in recent times transcended religious and political boundaries and is celebrated by people in many countries of the world.

In India, the festival is mainly associated with people colouring each other up with coloured powder (gulal) and water-based colours. Many also associate the festival with the drinking of bhang, an intoxicant that is typically mixed with milk shakes. Continue Reading →

Festival boost for Andhra tourism

Logo squareJanuary 4 (TravelAndy): In a bid to promote tourism, South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is getting ready to host a series of festivals along the eastern coast of river Godavari.

The three major festivals include, Kakinada Beach Festival scheduled at the NTR Beach in Vakalapudi from January 12, 2017. Similarly, a four-day Konaseema Festival will be hosted on the banks of the Godavari at Muramalla from February 22 and the three-day ‘Manyam Jatara’ in the Agency area from March 26, said The Hindu.

“These festivals provide a platform to display the rich culture of the district. Food stalls will serve exclusive cuisine of local flavours, while the handicrafts and handlooms of the local artisans will also be on display,”said N. Chinarajappa, deputy chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. Continue Reading →

Poush Mela to be 3-day affair: Green body

Logo squareNovember 10 (TravelAndy): The National Green Tribunal has ordered the Poush Mela festival, celebrated at Shantiniketan in east India’s West Bengal state, to be concluded within three days of its commencement.

This order has been passed to control the growing pollution left by the stall owners and visitors, which harm the environment of the place in a significant way, said The Times of India.

The festival is scheduled to begin on December 23, 2016 and conclude on December 26, 2017. Continue Reading →

West Hollywood Halloween carnaval kicks off

Logo squareOctober 31 (TravelAndy): Scores of visitors are expected to flock the annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, which is scheduled to be held in Los Angeles, California, today.

The festival will take place today from 18.00 to 23.00 at the Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.

While the street party is free and open to the public, it is recommended to leave the kids and pets at home, said the official West Hollywood (WeHo) website. Continue Reading →

Diwali, the festival of lights, today

Temporary shops such as this one are set up to sell firecrackers ahead of Diwali in India

Temporary shops such as this one are set up to sell firecrackers ahead of Diwali in India

October 30 (TravelAndy): India is celebrating the festival of Diwali today.

The primarily Hindu festival celebrates the victory of Good over Evil.

The festival is marked by the lighting of diyas (earthen lamps) and display of fireworks.

This year, there are a large number of voices on social media calling for the abandoning of noisy crackers citing the distress they cause to babies, the elderly and animals. Continue Reading →

Water sports galore at Tehri lake fest

Kayak GoaOctober 1 (TravelAndy): India’s Uttarakhand state will host Tehri Festival at Koti colony on the eponymous lake on October 15 and 16.

The two-day festival will have adventure activities such as river rafting, canoeing, paragliding, parasailing and kayaking. Tourists can take part in all the activities and watch experts demonstrate their skills.

Additionally, the festival will showcase high-octane music and dance along with exhibition of firework on the concluding day. Continue Reading →

Krishna Pushkaralu fest from August 12

Logo squareAugust 1 (TravelAndy): India’s youngest state Telangana will celebrate its first Krishna Pushkaralu, the holy festival along the river Krishna, from August 12.

This festival is celebrated along the bank of the river once every 12 years. It continues for 12 days at a stretch. Krishna Pushkaralu is celebrated along the course of the river in the staes of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka  and Telangana.

This year, the Krishna Pushkaralu will be celebrated from August 12 to August 23. Continue Reading →

Puri set for rath yatra (car festival)

Logo squareJuly 5 (TravelAndy): The temple town Puri in east India’s Odisha state is gearing up to celebrate its famous car festival from tomorrow. 

During the festival, the three idols of Puri’s famous 12th century Jagannath temple are brought out of the temple and taken to the Gundicha temple on wooden chariots, called raths.

The deities — Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra — return to the Jagannath temple after a week. Continue Reading →

Festival keeps Goa abuzz with tourists

rp_Vagator-300x225.jpgMarch 30 (TravelAndy): Goa is already buzzing with its biggest Spring festival, the Shigmo fest, and it is all set to host the Goa food and culture festival from April 6.

The Shigmo festival, which is celebrated as part of Holi, the festival of colours, began on March 24 and will conclude on April 7.

The major highlights of Shigmo include the traditional folk dance and portrayal of various mythological scenes through colourful parades that take place across the state. Continue Reading →

Ladakh’s polo festival to begin from July 11

Leh approach road. Picture taken by Swagata Basu.

Leh approach road. 

March 13 (TravelAndy): In a bid to attract adventure enthusiasts, Ladakh is all set to start its first polo festival, which will be held from July 11-17, this year.

The festival will be set in Ladakh’s Chushot village, in an attempt to place it on the tourism map of India’s state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Chushot, is located along the bank of Indus river, in the Leh district. Continue Reading →

Taj Mahal fest on in Agra

Taj Mahal in Agra. Picture by Atreyee Kar

Taj Mahal in Agra. Picture by Atreyee Kar

February 19 (TravelAndy): Uttar Pradesh started its annual 10-day Taj Mahotsav in Agra yesterday.

Taj Mahotsav is a celebration of the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world and India’s most popular tourism destination. Started in the year 1992, this festival will celebrate its 25th edition this year.

Hum Ek, Sanskriti Anek, meaning “Unity in Diversity” is the theme of this year’s festival. Continue Reading →

Durga Puja comes to an end

The Durga Puja at Bagbazar (TravelAndy)

The Durga Puja at Bagbazar (TravelAndy)

October 22 (TravelAndy): The festival of Durga Puja came to an end today.

Durga Puja is the biggest festival of the Bengalis and it usually takes place over four days in or around October depending on the Hindu lunar calendar. Though the core of the festival is religious, it has now developed into more of a Bengali cultural carnival.

At the end of the festival, the idols are immersed in water bodies. While the idols of private pujas have started today, that of the community pujas will have be immersed either today or Sunday. No immersions will take place on Saturday because the Muslim festival of Muharram falls on that day. Continue Reading →