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All Saints' Day 2022: Know why it is marked on 1 November every year
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All Saints' Day 2022: Know why it is marked on 1 November every year

Speaking about the history of the festival, it is said that All Saints' Day was proclaimed by Pope Gregory IV in 837 CE on 1 November and is believed to be of Irish origin

Diwali 2022: Lakshmi Puja date, shubh muhurat and puja vidhi
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Diwali 2022: Lakshmi Puja date, shubh muhurat and puja vidhi

Devotees believe that Goddess Lakshmi visits the cleanest house first, so, they clean their homes vigorously days before the auspicious day

Chhath Puja 2022: 5 recipes to cook for the festival
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Chhath Puja 2022: 5 recipes to cook for the festival

Green chickpeas or hara chana is usually eaten in winter. It is one of the prasads made during the festival and is made by sauteing the channa in ghee with green chillies and cumin seeds

PM Modi greets people on Ganesh Chaturthi
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PM Modi greets people on Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated across the country to mark the birth of the god of wisdom who is worshipped before beginning anything new

Onam: All you need to know about the 10 days of the harvest celebration
India

Onam: All you need to know about the 10 days of the harvest celebration

Onam symbolizes demon king Mahabali’s homecoming. It is among the biggest festivals in Kerala and is celebrated throughout the state

PM Modi greets people on Raksha Bandhan
India

PM Modi greets people on Raksha Bandhan

The festival celebrates the bond between a brother and a sister

Vinayaka Chaturthi 2022: Date, puja vidhi, rituals, significance and mantras
India

Vinayaka Chaturthi 2022: Date, puja vidhi, rituals, significance and mantras

This festival is also called Varad Vinayaka Chaturthi, which means “praying to God to fulfil any wish one has.” On this day, devotees observe fast and offer prayers to please Lord Ganpati. They present offerings to the god and ask him to remove negative influences from their lives

Bonalu 2022: Here’s all you need to know about month-long Telangana festival
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Bonalu 2022: Here’s all you need to know about month-long Telangana festival

For the unversed, Bonam means meal or feast in Telugu, and signifies an offering to the Goddess. It shows the importance of food in the festivities, as special dishes are prepared in honour of the Goddess Mahakali

Diwali 2021: Here are some design ideas to brighten your house with rangolis
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Diwali 2021: Here are some design ideas to brighten your house with rangolis

In its historical sense, rangoli was believed to be an omen of good fortune and was created as a symbolic representation of divine blessings

The Festival of Lights illuminates the Berlin skies
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The Festival of Lights illuminates the Berlin skies

Visitors will be enthralled by the artworks that will feature on 70 locations and buildings, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin TV Tower and the Berlin Cathedral

Burning Man cancels 2021 festival in northern Nevada desert citing COVID-19 pandemic
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Burning Man cancels 2021 festival in northern Nevada desert citing COVID-19 pandemic

Burning Man CEO Marian Goodell said the “difficult decision” is “based on the best information available to us.”

In a winter without festivals, kite flying on Makar Sankranti offers hope for a socially-distanced, eco-friendly celebration
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In a winter without festivals, kite flying on Makar Sankranti offers hope for a socially-distanced, eco-friendly celebration

With people engaging in customary duels of kite flying from rooftops of their respective places, COVID-19 restrictions like night curfews, curbs on public gatherings, and the firecracker ban will not rob Makar Sankranti of the fun and frolic it is associated with.

From hiding brooms in Norway to Venezuela's roller blades, some peculiar Christmas traditions around the world
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From hiding brooms in Norway to Venezuela's roller blades, some peculiar Christmas traditions around the world

Norwegians have a pagan belief according to which evil and naughty witches come out on Christmas Eve and ride on brooms. So they hide all the brooms in the household at the safest possible place to keep the wizards from flying about

Delaying COVID-19 peak was important, says govt-appointed panel chief Prof M Vidyasagar as India bends curve
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Delaying COVID-19 peak was important, says govt-appointed panel chief Prof M Vidyasagar as India bends curve

Staying the course would lead to a steady reduction in cases, while any departure in terms of slackening safety protocols would disturb this trend, the professor who chaired a panel of experts that worked on India’s COVID-19 “supermodel”, warns

Literature returns to Mosul two years after Islamic State's occupation, amid efforts to rebuild spirit of the city
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Literature returns to Mosul two years after Islamic State's occupation, amid efforts to rebuild spirit of the city

Literature and poetry are regaining ground in the Iraqi city of Mosul two years after its brutal occupation by the Islamic State armed group that branded artists as criminals.

Shubho Mahalaya 2019: With a week left for Bengal's annual festival, devotees observe auspicious day to welcome Goddess Durga
India

Shubho Mahalaya 2019: With a week left for Bengal's annual festival, devotees observe auspicious day to welcome Goddess Durga

Shubho Mahalaya 2019: Falling a week before West Bengal's most popular annual festival, Durga puja, comes Mahalaya. This year, the auspicious day falls on Saturday, (28 September), according to the Hindu calendar.

The Himalayan Echoes festival retells tales of Kumaon, its wildlife, craft and food
India

The Himalayan Echoes festival retells tales of Kumaon, its wildlife, craft and food

A festival like Himalayan Echoes is as much a reminder of what’s dying as it is of the need to bring it back to life.

French photography festival Tisseurs d'Images explores complex representations of contemporary India
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French photography festival Tisseurs d'Images explores complex representations of contemporary India

For its third edition, the festival Tisseurs d'Images (translates as 'Image Weavers') is presenting a selection of works by 14 photographers from India and France, all having India as their main subject.

FotoFest 2018: Glimpses of culture, domesticity from the largest display of Indian photography in the US
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FotoFest 2018: Glimpses of culture, domesticity from the largest display of Indian photography in the US

At this year's edition of FotoFest, there was a series which juxtaposed Native Americans with Indians settled in America | #FirstCulture

FotoFest 2018, the largest display of Indian photography in the US, comments on culture, conflict
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FotoFest 2018, the largest display of Indian photography in the US, comments on culture, conflict

The INDIA/ Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art exhibition at this year's FotoFest addresses caste, migration and other issues | #FirstCulture