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
Devotees believe that Goddess Lakshmi visits the cleanest house first, so, they clean their homes vigorously days before the auspicious day
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
Onam symbolizes demon king Mahabali’s homecoming. It is among the biggest festivals in Kerala and is celebrated throughout the state
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
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
In its historical sense, rangoli was believed to be an omen of good fortune and was created as a symbolic representation of divine blessings
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 CEO Marian Goodell said the “difficult decision” is “based on the best information available to us.”
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Literature returns to Mosul two years after Islamic State's occupation, amid efforts to rebuild spirit of the city
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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.
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