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  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland

    3 December 2018
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 10-day-long Hornbill Festival of Nagaland at Naga Heritage Village Kisama on 1st December 2018. More than 60,000 people have visited the Hornbill Festival. The assistant director of Tourism department (Statistics) T. Khakihe Sumi said that altogether 63,032 visitors with 780 foreigners have visited the picturesque venue. The inaugural day had 19,953 visitors. The count increased up to 43,079 on the second day of the festival. The visitors were treated with cultural performances from across the country including Odisha, Assam, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir.

    International Gita Festival to be held from Dec 7-23 in Kurukshetra

    29 November 2018
    The International Gita Festival, 2018, will be organised in Kurukshetra in Haryana from December 7-23, in which Mauritius will be the partner country and Gujarat the partner state. About 200 famous painters from across the country would reach Kurukshetra to draw paintings on the walls of Kurukshetra on the theme of the Mahabharata under the 'paint-the-wall' competition. The objective behind this event is to spread the message of Gita to the world.

    Aadi Mahotsav Organized By Tribal Affairs Ministry in New Delhi

    27 November 2018
    The 4th edition of annual “Aadi Mahotsav”, a National Tribal Festival organized by Ministry of Tribal Affairs in association with TRIFED and Ministry of Culture to celebrate and cherish the spirit of tribal culture, craft, cuisine and commerce held at Dilli Haat, Shri Aurobindo Marg, INA, Delhi. This year, more than 600 tribal artisans from 23 states, 80 tribal chefs hailing from 20 States besides 14 cultural troupes comprising more than 200 artists are taking part in the Mahotsav.

    Open Forum at International Film Festival of India to begin in Goa

    22 November 2018
    It provides a platform to filmmakers, actors, jury members, senior government officials, an organizers of film festivals from India and abroad to exchange their views in a free and frank manner. The topic for today’s Open Forum is the role of film festivals in promoting film culture and the need for spreading film festivals across the country. The Speakers include veteran filmmaker Rahul Rawail, IFFI Head Chaitanya Prasad, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) Vice Chairman Rajendra Talak, OSD to IFFI Senthil Rajan and Karnataka Chalchitra Academy Chairman N Chandrasekhar.

    Nongkrem Dance Festival Celebrated In Meghalaya

    18 November 2018
    Nongkrem dance festival, an annual event during which prayers are offered for good harvest, peace, and prosperity of the community was celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm by the inhabitants of the Khasi Hills in Shillong, Meghalaya. The unique dance is performed by the members of Hima Khyrim, a sub-tribe of the indigenous Khasi tribe.

    Aadi Mahotsav festival begins in New Delhi

    16 November 2018
    The 15-day Aadi Mahotsav festival is beginning in the national capital Delhi. Briefing media, Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram more than 600 artisans from 23 states will participate in the event.  The theme of the festival is 'celebration of the spirit of tribal culture, craft, cuisine and commerce'.  It will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewelry and much more through one hundred stalls. The highlights of the festival will be a fashion show for tribal textiles and tribal cuisines.

    United Nations Issues Diya Stamps to Celebrate Diwali

    11 November 2018
    The UN Postal System has issued two stamps with diyas in celebration of Diwali as "the quest for the triumph of good over evil". The stamps are in the $1.15 denomination, which is the basic rate for international air mail letters.

    New York's Empire State Building lit up for Diwali for 1st time

    10 November 2018
    New York's iconic Empire State Building was lit in orange for the first time to celebrate Diwali. It was organised by the Federation of Indian Associations in cooperation with the Empire State Realty Trust. Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and singer Jay Sean flipped the switch to turn on the lights on top of the building.

    Uttar Pradesh Ayodhya Deepotsav 2018 enters Guinness Book of World Records: Over 3 lakh diyas lit

    7 November 2018
    A Guinness certificate was issued to UP government's tourism department and Dr Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Avadh University, Faizabad, for over 3,01,152 earthen lamps illuminated on the bank of River Sarayu on Chhoti Diwali as part of Deepotsava. The feat was achieved in the presence of Adityanath and South Korean first lady Kim-Jung Sook.

    Shillong to host Indian Cherry Blossom Festival from Nov 14

    3 November 2018
    Shillong is set to host the second edition of the India International Cherry Blossom Festival between November 14 and 17. This is the world’s only autumn cherry blossom festival. This festival attracted more than one lakh visitors last year, boosting the local economy by 300 per cent. Meghalaya Chief Minister - Conrad K Sangma

    Gwalior Hosts 4-Day International Dance Festival

    23 October 2018
    Dance troupes from Bulgaria, Turkey and Sri Lanka, apart from 25 teams from India, participated in the event. About Gwalior State: Madhya Pradesh Region:Gird District:Gwalior Founded by:Suraj Sen (according to a legend)

    Kati Bihu festival celebrated across Assam

    20 October 2018
    Assam celebrated its 3rd Bihu festival known as the ‘Kati Bihu’ festival across the state. The name of the other 2 Bihu festivals is: Rongali and Bohagi Bihu. The festival derives its name from the Assamese month of Kati.

    Seventh edition of Old World Theatre festival will commence from October 20th

    11 October 2018
    It is organized by India Habitat Centre. It is being recognized by UNESCO as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.  Also for the first time, a National Theatre Live Broadcast of “Julie” by British theatre director Carrie Cracknell will be seen. It will showcase 15 plays on a pan-Indian constellation of original scripts from Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, and Kerala.  

    National Khadi Festival 2018 Held In Mumbai

    4 October 2018
    The National Khadi Festival 2018 is being organised by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to promote Khadi products. The festival was inaugurated by Union Minister for Micro Small & Medium Enterprises, Giriraj Singh in Mumbai on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti 2018. The main aim of the festival is to promote the products of cottage industry and create awareness regarding the art of states.  

    Eight-day long Indra Jatra festival begins in Kathmandu

    27 September 2018
    Indra Jatra festival is one of the most exciting and revered festivals of the Newari community of the Kathmandu Valley. During the celebrations of this festival dedicated to Indra, the god of rain and king of heaven, Lakhe dances are performed on the streets of Kathmandu.

    Jaipur Literature Festival Begins In Houston

    17 September 2018
    The festival is the world’s largest free literary gathering, started with a soulful music performance by Indian Sufi singer Zila Khan.  The inaugural session also saw Congress leader and writer Shashi Tharoor discuss his book “Why i am a Hindu” with writer Namita Gokhale.

    New Website for 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 Inaugurated

    17 September 2018
    External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj, along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the website for the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019, www.pbdindia.gov.in. The online registration for participation has started for this biennial event. 

    Festival of Nuakhai celebrated in Odisha

    16 September 2018
    Nuakhai Bhetghat is the reap celebration of individuals of Western Odisha. The festival bears significance among the farmer community as they perform puja on their farmland to thank ‘Mother Earth’ for being so bountiful.

    On Ganesh Chaturthi, 580-kg laddu prepared in Hyderabad

    14 September 2018
    The sweetmeat was prepared by Suruchi Food at Tapeswaram in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The laddu costs about ₹3 lakh, with 220 kg sugar, 145 kg cow ghee, 175 kg Bengal gram flour, 25 kg cashew, going into its making besides other ingredients.

    International Water Colour Festival in Ranchi

    25 August 2018
    Five-day long 'International water colour festival' is held in Ranchi at Audrey House, to promote the rich art and culture of Jharkhand. This is the first time in the country that international artists will paint together. In this program 24 countries of the world, 25 states of India and 24 districts of the state are participating. On this occasion, the artist Victoria from Ukraine and artist Uttam Karmakar from Italy did the live painting and presented it to the Chief Minister Raghubar Das.

    Ten day long 'Esala Maha Perahera' festival begins in Sri Lanka

    21 August 2018
    The Kandy Esala Perahera also known as 'The Festival of the Tooth' is a grand festival celebrated in July or August in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.

    Pineapple festival organised in Manipur's Thayong

    16 August 2018
    A 10-day pineapple festival showcasing different varieties of the fruit has been organised in Manipur's Thayong village, which produces 20-30 tonnes of pineapple in a year. The Thayong village has a population of approximately 750 people with more than 90 percent of their major sources of income lying in farming of pineapple.

    Third BRICS Film Festival concluded: Complete List Of Indian Winners

    31 July 2018
    The Third BRICS Film Festival took place in Durban, South Africa, along with the International Durban Film Festival (DIFF).  The last day of the festival (27th July) was celebrated as India Country Day, followed by Awards and Closing Ceremony.  The film festival is aimed at celebrating world-class film productions from the BRICS nations with the objective of inspiring more collaboration from these nations.  Awards won by Indian films in the 3rd BRICS Film Festival, Durban, South Africa:  1. Best Actress: Bhanita Das, Village Rockstars, 2. Best Film: Newton by Amit Masurkar, 3. Special Jury Award: Village Rockstars by Rima Das.

    Cricket Curry festival organised in Japan to promote cricket

    29 July 2018
    International cricket's governing body, ICC, organised the 'Sano Cricket Curry Festival' in the Japanese city of Sano to promote cricket in the nation. A cricket match between the Japanese cricket team and an Indian team was held at the event. The festival also featured cultural events and food from cricket-playing nations like Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

    World famous Rath Yatra celebrated in Odisha

    17 July 2018
    Popularly known as the ‘Festival of Chariots’, Rath Yatra festival in honour of Puri’s Lord Jagannath is one of the most awaited festivals of Orissa and is falling on July 14. This yatra is conducted from Jagannath temple to Gundicha  temple. Apart from Indian, this festival attracts a large number of international tourists in Puri.

    Behdienkhlam Festival held in Meghalaya

    4 July 2018
    The famous 4-day Meghalaya Annual Cultural Festival, "Behdienkhlam", held every year at the small peripheral town of Jowai, Meghalaya. Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Dr. Jitendra Singh​ attended the Festival. The festival witnessed a colourful display of 12 rots or ‘rath’ at the sacred pool, Aitnar.

    Three day annual Sindhu Darshan Festival begins in Jammu and Kashmir

    26 June 2018
    Sindhu Darshan Festival is celebrated on the bank of Indus River in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. The Festival is focused at national integration, communal harmony and national pride. This year mark the 22nd Sindhu Darshan festival and it was started by the former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani in 1997.  

    Main Event Of 4th International Yoga Day Celebrations To Be Held At Dehradun

    29 May 2018
    The main event of 4th International Yoga Day celebrations will be held at Dehradun in Uttrakhand on 21st of June. Secretary AYUSH Ministry Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha announced that Dehradun has been selected as the venue for Mass Yoga Demonstration of International Yoga Day. Mr. Kotecha is in Dehradun to initiate the preparations regarding this mega event.  

    Bisket Jatra Being Celebrated In Nepal

    19 April 2018
    The Jatra begins in Nepal. It is believed that the festival started during Malla dynasty. In Nepal, the famous Bisket Jatra is being celebrated in Bhaktapur and other parts of Kathmandu valley. The nine-day annual festival marks beginning of Nepali new year. The Jatra begins four days before the start of new year.

    President Ram Nath Kovind tributes to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia on his birth anniversary

    23 March 2018
    President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have paid tributes to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia on his birth anniversary.  Dr. Lohia dedicated his life to quest for a just, fair and egalitarian society and he remains an inspiration for welfare-oriented governance.  He described Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia as one of the most remarkable personalities of the 20th century.  The socialist leader combined scholarly zeal with a penchant for grassroots level politics and his rich thoughts continue to shape socio-political discourse. 

    Forty Fourth Khajuraho Dance Festival Held In Madhya Pradesh

    25 February 2018
    The 44th edition of Khajuraho Dance Festival 2018 was held at Khajuraho temple, a UNESCO world heritage site in Madhya Pradesh. It was inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and was organized by culture department of state government. Khajuraho Dance Festival is an annual cultural festival that highlights the richness of various Indian classical dance styles. The 6-day festival showcased classical dances including Kathak, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, and Mohiniattam.

    Worlds Largest Ice Festival Held in China

    9 January 2018
    World’s largest Ice Festival 'International Ice and Snow Festival' was held in Harbin, China. This is one of China’s coldest cities in the winter. It is the 34th annual Ice Festival in Harbin, north-east China. It features sculptures of Moscow’s Red Square and Bangkok’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

    Goa to Host 3rd Edition of Science Film Festival

    5 January 2018
    Goa will be hosting the third edition of the Science Film Festival of India in January 2018. The festival, titled SCI-FFI Goa, is being organized by the state-based Vidnyan Parishad, Goa Department of Science and Technology. The competition aims to boost the culture of science films, all the films submitted should be related to science and technology.

    President Inaugurated 100th Indian Economic Association Conference

    28 December 2017
    President Ramnath Kovind inaugurated the 100th Annual Conference of the Indian Economic Association at Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur of Andhra Pradesh. The event will be held for four days. Indian Economic Association is a registered body of Indian economic professionals with an objective of providing a forum for debate and discussion of policy-oriented issues. The Association currently has 5000 plus members, both individual and institutional.

    Mahesh Sharma Inaugurates Bodhi Parva BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage

    11 December 2017
    Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the three days ‘Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage’ in New Delhi. India is hosting the “Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage” from 8 to 10 December as part of celebrations of 20th anniversary of BIMSTEC.

    Kathakar an International Storytellers Festival held in New Delhi

    2 December 2017
    Seventh edition Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival was held at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. The partners for this edition of three-day festival are IGNCA of Union Ministry of Culture in Delhi, Heritage Transport Museum, Gurugram and National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai. It is special initiative, to promote the oral storytelling tradition which has existed across the world. It is only oral storytelling festival in India.

    Nagaland celebrates 54th Statehood Day, 18th Hornbill festival

    1 December 2017
    Nagaland is all set to celebrate the 54th Statehood Day and the 18th Hornbill festival 2017 today at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama. President Ram Nath Kovind who is on a maiden visit to the state will grace the occasion and inaugurated the 10 day State Hornbill festival 2017. The route leading to Kisama, which is 12Km away from the capital city has been all decked up with decoration to give a festive ride. Tight security arrangement has been made in view of the festival.

    President Ram Nath Kovind reaches Imphal to inaugurate Manipur Sangai Festival

    21 November 2017
    Current Affairs President Ram Nath Kovind reached Imphal to inaugurate the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2017 this afternoon. He was accorded a warm welcome at the Imphal Airport by State Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh and his cabinet colleagues. The 10-day state festival will be opened today at the Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre at Palace Compound in Imphal. He will open a two-day North-East Development Summit at the City Convention Centre in Imphal.  Around 20 memorandums of understanding(MoU) will be signed with investor companies during the Summit to attract investment in the State to generate employment avenues for the unemployed educated youths of the State.

    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated Aadi Mahotsav in New Delhi

    17 November 2017
    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated Aadi Mahotsav, a fortnight-long Tribal Festival in New Delhi. The theme of the festival is A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Cuisine and Commerce’. The festival will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewelry and much more through about 200 stalls. Over 750 tribal artisans and artists from over 25 States participated in the festival. The Tribal India cuisine, recreated and presented in delectable for recreated and presented in delectable forms to suit urban tastes by special tribal chefs is a special feature of the festival. ‎In line with the national aspiration to go cashless, all stalls will prefer and promote payments through cards.

    Andhra Pradesh hosting its first ever hot-air balloon festival

    16 November 2017
    The Araku Valley of Andhra Pradesh is hosting the first edition of its Hot Air Balloon Festival. The Hot Air Balloon Festival is organized by SkyWaltz and supported by Andhra Pradesh tourism. The festival will feature unique balloons from 13 countries. The participating countries are India, Australia, USA, Brazil and South Korea. The Extraordinary shaped balloons like the Seahorse, the Kiwi, the Bee and much more are lined up in the festival. This festival is being organized to promote tourism. A large team of over 100 photographers, nature lovers and students from across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana arrived at Araku to capture the scenes of the festival. Araku is known for its coffee plantations, rich cultural heritage, and stunning waterfalls.

    First Ever Nordic-Baltic Youth Film Festival in India

    10 November 2017
    The Nordic-Baltic embassies will host the first ever youth film festival of the European nations in Delhi showcasing movies from the region. The 6-Day long festival will run in collaboration with the India Habitat Centre. The Nordic-Baltic countries Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden or NB8 are tied together geographically and historically through trade, culture, and many common value systems.

    Nagaland aims to promote ‘plastic free’ motive through ‘Hornbill Festival’

    7 November 2017
    Nagaland is set to host ‘Hornbill Festival’ with the main motive to promote the ‘plastic-free’ mission all around. ‘Hornbill Festival’ will go on for 10 days from December 1 to 10 at the Naga Heritage village Kisama. He also urged the Hohos to give their best effort towards making the festival a grand success. Phom further informed that picturesque Kisama has been declared as a ‘Plastic Free Zone’ during the festival and asked the Hohos to propagate and ensure that no plastic is used throughout ten days festival.

    Balijatra Festival Begins In Cuttack

    6 November 2017
    The annual ‘Balijatra’ festival was inaugurated by Health and Law Minister Pratap Jena at Gadagadia ghat in Odisha on the banks of river Mahanadi. The week-long famous fair on an area of 30 acres on the river bank will continue till November 10. It got the nod from east zone bench of National Green Tribunal for the second time this year.

    HC restricts bursting of Firecrackers to Three Hrs in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh on Diwali Day

    15 October 2017
    Four days after Supreme Court banned the sale of crackers in the national capital region, the Punjab and Haryana high court fixed the time slot of 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm for bursting crackers on Diwali in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. No one will be permitted to burst crackers before 6.30 pm or after 9.30 pm.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets nation on Dussehra to attend celebrations at Red Fort in Delhi

    30 September 2017
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in Dussehra celebrations at Red Fort Ground in New Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu are also expected to take part in the celebrations. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will also take part in Dussehra celebrations with the jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border police at Joshimath in Uttarakhand.

    International Yoga Festival Starts in Kashmir

    19 September 2017
    Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra inaugurated the second International Yoga Festival and International Yoga Sports Championship 2017 in which about 300 people from across the world are participating. The festival is being organized by the Yoga Society of Kashmir at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre that about 300 participants from various parts of India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Canada, Bulgaria, USA, and Nepal are participating in the festival. The Yoga is enormously beneficial for the growth of a healthy mind and body and Vohra emphasized that learning to practice yoga, especially from a young age helps in developing the required mental and physical discipline which enables the practitioner to lead a wholesome, stress-free and balanced life.

    Birthday of Sri Guru Granth Sahib is celebrated today

    22 August 2017
    The 413th Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is being celebrated all over Punjab, Chandigarh, and Haryana. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has extended warm greetings to Punjabis living across the globe on the occasion. His teachings are even more relevant today and should be emulated by one and all for the creation of an egalitarian society, rising above the considerations of caste, color, creed, and religion.

    Parsi New Year and Navroz celebrated across the world

    17 August 2017
    Parsi New Year, Navroz is being celebrated across the world. The festival is celebrated by follows of Zoroastrianism in Middle-East, USA and South Asian countries such as India and Pakistan. The vibrant festival began 3,000 years back by the mighty emperor Jamshed, who introduced the new calendar in Persia. The day is celebrated to gain health, wealth, prosperity, and productivity. Four ‘Fs’ - Fire, Fragrance, Food, and Friendship play an important role in the celebration.

    ‘Fete de Puducherry’ Festival celebrated in Pondicherry

    14 August 2017
    A three-day annual cultural festival named ‘Fete de Puducherry’ organized by the Government of India begins in Puducherry. The festival is held in association with the South Zone Cultural Centre (Tamil Nadu) every year to bring to focus the multi-faceted cultural features of various states. The festival holding started since 1985 as part of celebrating Independence Day and also Liberation Day of Puducherry (August 16).

    Pakistan hoists ‘largest’ national flag to mark 70th Independence Day

    14 August 2017
    Pakistan hoisted a 400-feet high national flag the largest in its history at the Attari-Wagah border with India to mark the country’s 70th Independence Day.  It is made in Pakistan with 400-feet high and 120 feet by 80 feet in size. The flag is the highest in South Asia and the 8th highest in the world. Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa hoisted the flag.

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