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  • Ganga Utsav 2020 celebration

    83 days ago
    Recently, the Ganga Utsav 2020 has begun which celebrates the glory of the National River Ganga. Ganga became the National River of India on November 4, 2008. Highlights: ♦ The NMCG (National Mission for Clean Ganga) celebrates the festival every year. National Mission for Clean Ganga is the implementation wing of National Ganga Council, set up in 2016, that replaced the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NRGBA). ♦ The 3 - Day’s festival aims to promote stakeholder engagement and ensure public participation. It celebrates mystical and cultural river Ganga through storytelling, folklores, quizzes, displaying traditional art forms, dance and music performance by renowned artists, photo galleries exhibitions etc. ♦ Ganga Task Force (GTF) conducted an afforestation drive with National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets and educational tour for youth. GTF is a unit of a battalion of ex-servicemen deployed in the services of the Ganga with the approval of the Defence Ministry for the period of four years till December 2020.  ♦ It was approved by the Cabinet under the Public Participation component of the Namami Gange Programme and the 1st battalion was raised in March 2016. Mini Ganga Quest, designed to make youth and students aware of environmental issue. ♦ Ganga Quest is a pan India bilingual quiz to increase public participation in Namami Gange program and encourage the youth. In 2014, Namami Gange Programme was launched to accomplish the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution and conservation, and rejuvenation of Ganga. Ganga Action Plan:  It was the first river action plan taken up by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in 1985, to improve the water quality by the interception, diversion and treatment of domestic sewage. The National River Conservation Plan is an extension to this plan, which aims at cleaning the Ganga river under Ganga Action Plan phase-2. National River Ganga Basin Authority:  The Authority was formed by the Government of India in the year 2009 under Section-3 of the Environment Protection Act 1986. Clean Ganga Fund:  The fund was formed in 2014 for cleaning up of the Ganga, setting up of waste treatment plants and conservation of biotic diversity of the river. Bhuvan-Ganga Web App:  The app ensures the involvement of the public in the monitoring of pollution that is entering into the Ganga river.  Ban on Waste Disposal: In 2017, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned the disposal of any waste in the Ganga. River Ganga: Ganga river is the longest river flowing over 2,510 km of mountains, valleys & plains and by Hindus as the most sacred rivers on the world. The river originates in the snowfields of the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas as the Bhagirathi River and is joined by other rivers such as the Alaknanda, Son, Gumti, Yamuna, Kosi & Ghagra. The River Ganga basin is one of the most fertile and densely populated areas of the world and the river covers an area of 1,000,000 sq. km. Ganges River Dolphin is an endangered animal by IUCN. The River Ganga widens out into the Ganges Delta in the Sundarbans swamp of Bangladesh, and emptying into the Bay of Bengal. 

    PM to participate in the Ekta Diwas Celebrations

    88 days ago
    Prime Minister to participate in the Ekta Diwas Celebrations at Kevadia, Gujarat on 31st October. Prime Minister will pay homage to Sardar Patel on his 145th birth anniversary on 31st October 2020. Highlights: ♦The Prime Minister will participate at the Ekta Diwas Parade and administer the Rashtriya Ekta Pledge in Gujarat. ♦Police forces of Gujarat State and Central Reserve Armed Force, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Forces and National Security Guards will participate in the Parade.  ♦The Prime Minister will also witness a Rifle drill by female officers of CRPF.  ♦As part of EktaDiwas celebrations, a cultural show of tribal heritage is also being organized at Kevadia and Indian Air Force will perform a Fly-past. ♦Thereafter, the Prime Minister will interact with and address 428 Officer Trainees belonging to various Civil Services currently undergoing the 95th Foundation Course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie through videoconference as a culmination of Aarambh 2020. ♦The theme of Aarambh 2020 is “Governance in India @ 100” with three subthemes - ♦Ek Bharat - Shresth Bharat: Cultural diversity and synergy in India as an Influencer; Economic diversity and oneness as strength ♦Atma Nirbhar Bharat: in Energy, Health and building large systems for handling black swan events ♦Naveen Bharat: Research & Innovation in Education, Industry and Administration.  ♦PM Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate various projects on the 30th & 31st October 2020. ♦These include the flag-off of the Ekta Cruise Service to the Statue of Unity, the inauguration of the Ekta Mall and Children Nutrition Park there.  ♦Shri Narendra Modi will also unveil the website of Statue of Unity in all the UN official languages and will launch the Kevadia App, at the Unity Glow Garden. Ekta Cruise Service: One can experience the viewing of Statue of Unity through the Ferry Boat Service from Shrestha Bharat Bhavan to Statue of Unity by covering a distance of 6 km. New Gora Bridge is built especially for the operation of the ferry service. Boating Channel is constructed to provide boating services to tourists visiting the Statue of Unity. Ekta Mall: The Mall displays a diverse range of handicrafts and traditional items from all over India symbolizing unity in diversity and is spread over 35000 sq ft.  The mall consists of 20 Emporia each representing a specific state in India and is built in just 110 days. Children Nutrition Park: It is the world’s first ever technology-driven nutrition park for children and is spread over an area of 35000 sq ft.  A Nutri Train runs across the park to various exciting theme-based stations namely ‘Phalshaka Griham’, ‘Payonagari’, ‘Annapoorna’, ‘PoshanPuran’, and ‘Swastha Bharatam’.  It will raise nutritional awareness through various edutainment activities like Mirror Maze, 5D Virtual reality theatre and Augmented reality games. Aarambh 2020: Aarambh is an initiative to bring all the probationers of All India Service, Group-A Central Service and Foreign Service together for a Common Foundation Course (CFC) with the vision to break the silos of departments and services from the very beginning of the career of a civil servant.  Aarambh aims at making the civil servants capable of leading the transformation and work seamlessly across departments and fields. Aarambh was started as part of the 94th Foundation Course in 2019 where Officer Trainees (OTs) from 20 Services participated in a week-long programme at the Statue of Unity, Kevadia, Gujarat.   It culminated into a presentation to the Honourable Prime Minister, an interaction with him followed by his address to the Officer Trainees. This year, the second edition of Aarambh 2020 is taking place in LBSNAA from 14th to 31st October, 2020,  in which 428 Officers Trainees from eighteen Services and three Royal Bhutan Services are participating.   Due to the prevailing pandemic situation, this year the Aarambh 2020 is a virtual one, with the focus on cultural diversity and synergy in India as an influencer, economic diversity and oneness as strength, Atmanirbhar in Energy, Health, Building large systems for Black Swan events, Research and Innovation in Education, Industry and Administration.

    Onam Festival is celebrated in Kerala on 31st August

    147 days ago
    Onam Festival is celebrated in Kerala on 31st August. In 2020, the Onam festival began on 22 August. The main celebrations were held on 31 August on Thiruvonam Day or the Sacred Onam Day. The festival ends on 2 September. The festival is celebrated in Kerala.  History: ♦ According to the Legends, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam. ♦ Onam is celebrated as the festival of paddy harvest. ♦ During the Onam festival, people dress in their traditional attire and prepare the Onam Sadhya. They take part in a variety of group activities such as the Pookolam (rangoli made with fresh flowers), Vallam Kali (boat race), Pulikali (tiger dance), Kai Kottu Kali (Onam dance), Kummattikali (mask dance), and various other activities.

    Nuakhai Juhar was celebrated in Odisha, Chhattisgarh

    154 days ago
    Nuakhai Juhar was celebrated in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and areas of neighbouring states on August 23. It is one of the most ancient festivals celebrated in Indian. The festival is to welcome the new crop of the season. The festival is celebrated to appreciate and celebrate the hard work of the farmers, with whose effort the country is fed. Nuakhai Juhar: Nuakhai Juhar is an agricultural festival. It is also called as Nuakhai Parab or Nuakahi Bhetghat. Nuakhai is a mixture of two words that signifies eating of new rice as ‘nua’ means new and ‘khai’ means eat. During the festival, food grains are worshipped. On this special festival, people organize dances and folk songs in their districts with an aim to display their culture and tradition.  Nuakhai Juhar is predominantly celebrated in western Odisha. From March 2020, the festival is celebrated in several other tribes also. In this year 2020, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, people celebrated the festival inside their homes.

    President inaugurated Dhamma Chakra Day 2020 celebrations on 4th July

    206 days ago
    President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated Dhamma Chakra Day 2020 celebrations on 4th July 2020. The day is celebrated to mark Buddha's First Sermon to his first 5 ascetic disciples at the Deer Park, Rsipatana in the present-day Sarnath near Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Dhamma Chakra Day is celebrated by Buddhists across the world as the day of Dharma Chakra Parvattana or “Turning of the Wheel of Dharma”. It is celebrated by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture. Dhamma Chakra Day: ♦ Dhamma Chakra day is the second most sacred day for Buddhists after the Buddha Poornima or Vesak. It is known as Asanha Bucha in Thailand and Esala Poya in Sri Lanka. ♦ The day marks Buddha's first teaching after attaining Enlightenment to the first five ascetic disciples "pancavargika" on the full-moon day of Asadha at Deer Park, Risipatana (current day Sarnath, near Varanasi, India.) ♦ The 5 ascetic disciples are: Kondanna Assaji Bhaddiya Vappa Mahanama ♦ Buddha's first sermon, after his enlightenment, is recorded in the Buddhist text "Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta." ♦ The day is also celebrated as Guru Poornima by both Buddhists and Hindus as a day to mark reverence to their Gurus. Events: On this day, many events including messages from top Buddhist religious leaders, Masters, and Scholars from various parts of the world will be streamed from Sarnath and Bodh Gaya. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the whole program will be conducted virtually. The event is expected to be witnessed by around 30 lakh devotees worldwide via live webcast.

    PM to address celebration of Dharma Chakra Day

    206 days ago
    President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovid will inaugurate the Dharma Chakra Day from the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to address the celebration of Dharma Chakra Day, also known as Asaadh Poornima, on 4 July 2020. The day is celebrated by the Buddhists all over the world as the day of Dharma Chakra Parvattana or Turning of the Wheel of Dharma.  Highlights: ♦ The Dharma Chakra Day will be celebrated by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), which functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Culture.   ♦ The day commemorates Buddha's First Sermon to his first five ascetic disciples at the Deer Park, Rsipatana in the present-day Sarnath near Varanasi, UP. ♦ The day aims to emphasize the teachings of peace and justice of Lord Buddha and the Eight-Fold Path shown by Buddha to overcome the sufferings of sentient beings. ♦ All the events will be conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Eid-ul-Fitr festival is celebrated on 24,25 May in India

    245 days ago
    Eid-ul-Fitr festival is celebrated on 24,25 May in India in the year 2020. The celebrations began on the evening of 24 May and will end on the evening of 25 May. The festival is celebrated by all Muslims across the world. They celebrate the festival by preparing feast and family gatherings. Eid-ul-Fitr festival is celebrated in India by taking precautions and maintaining social distancing, amid the COVID-19 lockdown. Eid-ul-Fitr: Eid-ul-Fitr festival is famously known as the 'festival of breaking the fast.' The festival marks the end of a month-long period of fasting of Ramadan. It is one of the most significant festivals celebrated across the Muslim community around the world.  Why is Ramadan celebrated? Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Eid is the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The fasting is observed to mark that Allah (God), gave the first chapters of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad in 610 CE. During this period, Muslims abstain from food and water during the period between sunrise to sunset. 

    Baisakhi, Rongali Bihu, Naba Barsha, Vaisakhadi, Puthandu is celebrated on 14 April

    287 days ago
    President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have greeted people on the occasion of Baisakhi on 14 April. On this auspicious day, people celebrate Vaisakhi, Vishu, Rongali Bihu, Naba Barsha, Vaisakhadi, Puthandu, Pirappu, which are being celebrated in different parts of the country. The festival is a religious festival celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus.  Highlights: ♦ The harvest festivals are a celebration of the hard work and efforts of the farmers. These festivals show a glimpse of India's rich and diverse culture. ♦ The festival celebrates the Solar new year, based on the Hindu Vikram Samvat calendar. The festival is aimed to celebrate farmers as they produce food grains for everyone and bring food security and prosperity through their tireless efforts. ♦ Baisakhi is the Harvest Festival of Punjab. It is celebrated on 14 April. ♦ Vishu is the Malayalam New Year. It is celebrated on 14 April. ♦ Puthandu is the Tamil New Year. It is celebrated on 14 April. ♦ Poila Boishakh (Naba Barsha) is the Bengali New Year. It is celebrated on 15 April. ♦ Rongali Bihu is the Harvest Festival of Assam. It is celebrated on 15 April.

    Odia New Year is celebrated on 13 April

    288 days ago
    Maha Bishuba Pana Sankranti is celebrated as the Odia New Year on 13 April. Pana Sankranti begins on 13 April every year. The day is named after "Pana", a drink offering. The day is celebrated with great joy, social, cultural and religious performances.  Pana Sankranti: ♦ The reason the day is observed is that it is the first day of the solar year. Only on this day, the Sun fully rests on the equator on two occasions namely 'Mesha Sankranti' and 'Tula Sankranti'. After Mesha Sankranti, the Sun moves in the northern direction to the side where India is situated to the north of the equator. Hence from this day of the first movement of the Sun from Mesha Sankranti that the New Year is counted. ♦ As per the tradition of Odia, the Pana Sankranti is believed to be the birthday of the Hindu deity Hanuman. His loving devotion to Vishnu avatar Rama in Ramayana is legendary. His temples, along with those of Shiva and Surya (the sun god) are revered in the new year. Hindus also visit Devi temples on Pana Sankranti. Celebrations: ♦ On this day, people use a small pot filled with "pana" or a sweet drink of Mishri and water is hung on a basil (Tulsi) plant. A hole is made at the bottom of the pot which allows the water to fall from the pot, representing rain.  ♦ The festival is observed widely in the coastal areas, in some towns and villages of other areas as a rigorous ritualistic observance in Odisha.  ♦ Other festivals are otherwise known as Jharnu Yatra, Hingula Yatra or Patua Yatra, Danda Yatra, Uda Yatra culminate in the Bishuba Sankranti. Note: Other New Year festivals celebrated in India are Baisakhi in Punjab, Bihu in Assam, Juir Sheetal in Mithila, Naba Barsha in Bengal, Bisu Parba in Tulu Nadu region of Karnataka, Vishu in Kerala, and Puthandu in Tamil Nadu.

    Easter festival is celebrated on 12 April

    289 days ago
    Easter festival is celebrated on 12 April in the year 2020. The day varies every year. The festival is celebrated by Christians across the world. The festival is celebrated to observe the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The festival is celebrated on the Sunday after the first full moon, the Paschal full moon, after the vernal equinox.  People celebrate the Easter festival this year at the homes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Easter Festival: Easter means Victory of Jesus Christ over death. According to the Holy Bible, the event occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died around 30-33 A.D. Easter follows a period of fasting known as Lent of 40 days. Lent starts with Ash Wednesday and ends with Good Friday (Crucifixion of Jesus Christ). The week that leads up to Easter is called Holy Week. The week includes Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.  The 40 days period is established by Pope Gregory 1 using the 40-day pattern that happened with Israelites in the desert, Moses, Elijah and Jesus' time in the wilderness.  The date for the celebration of Easter is set after determining the date of Passover by the Jewish leaders. After fixing that the date is set for Easter by figuring three days after Passover. Therefore, the date of celebrating the Easter festival varies every year.

    Hindu New Year began on 25 March

    306 days ago
    The Hindu New Year 2077 began on 25 March. It is officially known as Vikram Samvat 2077 or Nav Samvatsar 2077. In common language, it is also known as Hindu Panchang. The Vikram era is extremely ancient and completely scientific. As per the Hindu calendar, the new year of Vikram Samvat starts from Chaitra Shukla Pratipada Tithi. History: According to Vedic scriptures and Puranas, Lord Brahma created the universe. He created the world on the Pratipada date of the Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month. The day is celebrated on the bright half of the month of Chaitra. Hence, the holy date is also celebrated as the 'Nav Samvatsar' festival. Also, Navaratri fast starts from this date. 

    Hola Mohalla festival was celebrated at Anandpur Sahib Punjab

    319 days ago
    Hola Mohalla festival was celebrated at Anandpur Sahib Punjab from 10-12 March 2020. Hola Mohalla is a Sikh festival celebrated in the month of Phalguna, a day after Holi.  Celebrations: ♦ The three-day festival will host mock battles, poetry, and music competitions.  ♦ The Nihang Singhs will carry the martial tradition with mock battles and displays of swordsmanship and horse riding. They also perform daring feats, such as tent pegging, Gatka (mock encounters), bareback horse-riding, and standing erect on two speeding horses. ♦ The festival ends with a long procession that starts from Takth Keshgarh Sahib and passes through various important gurdwaras like Qila Anandgarh, Lohgarh Sahib, Mata Jitoji and terminates at the Takth. It will be led by Panj Pyaras. History: Hola Mohalla was instituted by the tenth Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh, in 1757 AD. It was started to revive the spirit of Holi and weave its essence into a festival created in the Khalsa traditions. It began as a gathering of Sikhs for military exercises and mock battles on the next day of Holi. The festival reminds the people of valour and defence preparedness. Recently, the Indian Government accorded the Holla Mohalla festival the status of a "National Festival." Note: Nihang Singhs are the members of the Sikh army that was founded by Guru Govind Singh.

    Ekam Fest concluded on 9 March

    322 days ago
    The exhibition cum fair "Ekam fest" concluded on 9 March. The exhibition-cum-Fair was organized by National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation (NHFDC) under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. Aim: EKAM Fest was aimed to promote entrepreneurship among the Divyangjan community. The main objective of the fest is to raise awareness about the potentialities of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). The Fest provides an opportunity for all to encourage these products made with extraordinary determination by the divyang craftspersons and entrepreneurs. Highlights: ♦ Ekam Fest presented vibrant products from J&K and North Eastern regions ranging from handicrafts, handloom, Embroidery work, and dry fruits. ♦ 82 Divyang artisans and entrepreneurs from 17 States/UTs showcased their products in the Fest. ♦ On 8 March, during the occasion of International Women Day, a free camp was organized by NAB, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, for examination for early breast cancer by trained visually impaired women.  ♦ The Fest recorded a collective sales of more than Rs.8 lakhs from the bills. ♦ The Fest culminated with the various award presented to Divyangs artisan and entrepreneurs by Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment.

    Holi festival is celebrated in India

    322 days ago
    Holi, the Festival of Colors, is a famous festival in India. It is celebrated on different dates every year. The famous Indian festival is observed at the end of the winters in the month of March after the full Moon. This year the festival is celebrated on 9-10 March 2020. Holi is celebrated around the country with great zeal and enthusiasm.  History: Holi is an ancient Indian festival. It was originally known as Holika. The celebration of the festivals has been described in early religious works such as Purvamimamsa Sutras of Jaimini and Kathaka Grhya Sutras. It is believed that Holi was celebrated by Aryans. Earlier, the festival was celebrated as a special rite performed by married women for the happiness and well-being of their families. The full Moon, Raka, was worshiped on the day. However, the meaning of Holi is now believed to have changed over the years.  But as per the legend, the festival is about a king Hiranyakashyapu and his son Prahlad. The devil king hated god, especially Lord Vishnu, and threatened people in his kingdom to stop worshipping him. But his own son was a verdant devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyapu instructed his sister Holika to get rid of his own son Prahlad. Holika had the boon to enter fire unscathed. She was asked to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad Prahlad. Lord Vishnu rendered protection to Prahlad while Holika paid the price for her sinister desire. The tradition of burning Holika or the Holika Dahan comes mainly from this legend.

    Mizoram celebrates Chapchar Kut the festival of Mizos

    325 days ago
    The biggest and most joyful festival of Mizos, Chapchar Kut, is being celebrated across the state. The Chapchar Kut is regarded as the most popular spring festival for the people of the state. The Chapchar Kut shines through with plenty of dancing and music to keep everyone in good spirits. The celebration started yesterday with the mega event holding at the Assam Rifles Ground at Aizawl. The State Art & Culture Minister R Lalzirliana welcomed all people to participate in the fun and amusement events organized during the festival. Traditional bamboo dance - Cheraw and other dances were performed at the main event, attracting thousands of people. The similar festive events are held throughout the state. Chapchar Kut The Chapchar Kut is a festival of Mizoram, India. It is celebrated during March after completion of their most arduous task of jhum operation.

    Chapchar Kut festival began in Mizoram

    326 days ago
    Chapchar Kut began in all parts of Mizoram on 5 March 2020. The festival will be held on 5-6 March. The festival is celebrated at the Assam Rifles Ground at Aizawl. Festival Highlights: ♦ Chapchar Kut is the biggest and most joyous festival of the Mizos. ♦ The pre-festival was held on 5 March and was graced by Art and Culture Minister R Lalzirliana as "Kut Pa" (Meaning-"father of the festival.") ♦ The grand festive is celebrated on 6 March. It was graced by the Chief Minister of Mizoram Zoramthanga. ♦ The theme of the Chapchar Kut festival is "Mizos' culture and moral code."  ♦ The festival is regarded as the most popular spring festival for the people of the state. ♦ The festival shines through with plenty of dancing and music to keep everyone in good spirits.  ♦ Many people participated in the fun and amusement events being organized during the festival.  ♦ Traditional bamboo dance "Cheraw," Sarlamkai, Khuallam, and other dances were performed at the festival to attract thousands of people.  ♦ The festival includes an exhibition of painting, photo, handloom, and handicraft will be held in different places in Aizawl. Participants: Diplomats from countries such including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Thailand, Myanmar, Korea, Japan, Nepal, China, the USA, Israel, and the leaders of different tribes of Mizo from different parts of the world are expected to participate in the festival. Chapchar Kut: Chapchar Kut is believed to have started in 1450-1700 AD in a village called Suaipui. It is a spring festival. The festival was discouraged when the Missionaries came to Mizoram. It was revived in 1973. 

    Kobita Utsav began in Kolkata

    326 days ago
    Kobita Utsav, a poetry festival, is being held in Kolkata on 5 March. The festival aims to encourage the reading of Bengali poems among the younger generation. It will be held from 5-8 March. The festival was inaugurated by Eminent painter Jogen Choudhury.  Organizing Team: Kobita Utsav is an initiative of Abrittilok Kolkata in association with Bratati Parampara and in collaboration with Sahitya Akademi, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC), and Ministry of Culture Government of India.   Kobita Utsav: ♦ Kobita Utsav provides a platform to poets in the city and districts of West Bengal. ♦ The festival will host discussions on poetry, apart from recitals. ♦ Seven renowned poets, including Binayak Bandyopadhyay, Srijato Bandyopadhyay, Pranab Kumar Mukhopadhyay, and Subhra Bose, will participate in the festival. ♦ The festival will be hosted at seven venues across the city in Charukala Parshad complex, Rabindra Sadan, Abanindra Sabhaghar, Bangla Akademy, Gaganendra Pradarshanshala, Sisir Mancha,  and Ektara Mancha. ♦ Around 600 poets from Kolkata and various districts will recite their works during the festival.

    Rangotsav begins at Barsana in Mathura

    328 days ago
    The famous Rangotsav celebration began on 3 March at Barsana in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The festival was inaugurated by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.  Highlights: ♦ The 10-day-long Rangotsav celebration in Mathura is famous for its colourful Holi festivities.  ♦ Ladoo Holi that marks the start of the Rangotsav is played with sweets and colours ♦ The festival also includes Latthmar Holi, Chadi Holi, and Phoolon ki Holi. ♦ The festival will witness the cultural presentations made by local artists on the occasion. ♦ Various forms of Holi including Chadi Maar Holi, Falain ki Holi and Dau Ji ka Aurangabad will be played at different places in Mathura, Vrindavan. ♦ The festival will also feature cultural events. ♦ The buildings and structures at the various Ghats have been illuminated through coloured concept lighting to enhance the grandeur of the venue along with 35 temples in Vrindavan, Barsana, Mathura, and Nandgaon, including Dwarkadhish Temple, Krishna Janambhoomi, and intersections in the twin towns.

    Losar festival is celebrated in Himachal Pradesh

    333 days ago
    Losar festival was celebrated by the Tibetans from 24-26 February. The festival was celebrated in the Dharamshala, Lahaul Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The festival is aimed to preserve its unique identity and rich traditions. The festival includes sacred and secular prayers, several ceremonies, rituals, and folk dancing. Highlights: ♦ The special feature of the festival is the 'Chham Dance.'  ♦ During the festival, people prepare famous dishes like the 'Kapse' (cake) and drinks like the 'Chang' (alcoholic beverage). ♦ An occasion of "khepa" is observed, a day before the start of the Losar Festival. On this occasion, people fetch small branches of a thorny bush and keep on the doors of the houses to protect them from evil spirits. ♦ During the festival, the lighting of butter lamps by the lamas, with each lamp signifying Buddha's enlightenment. History: Losar is a festival in Tibetan Buddhism. It originated in Tibet during its pre-Buddhist period. It was known as the Agrarian Festival. The festival was organized to celebrate the blossoming of the apricot trees. According to the Tibetan lunar calendar, the lamas decide the date of celebration of Losar Festival. The festival is celebrated on the first day of the New Year. The festival marks the beginning of the winter season in Lahaul and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The festival is celebrated for 15 days. The main celebrations will be held on the first three days (24-26 February 2020). 

    Union Ministers Harsimrat, Smriti Irani inaugurated National Organic Food Festival

    339 days ago
    Union Minister of Food Processing Industries (FPI) Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani jointly inaugurated National Organic Food Festival on 21 February in New Delhi. The festival is organized by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI). Aim: The three-day festival aims to strengthen the organic market and encourage women entrepreneurs engaged in the manufacturing of organic produce. It focuses to empower women and promote organic produce. Theme: The theme of the 2020 National Organic Food Festival is "Unleashing India's Organic Market Potential". It will boost the organic products and promote women entrepreneurship in the area of production and processing of organic products. National Organic Festival: ♦ The festival will witness the exhibition of their organic products of women Entrepreneurs and SHGs in various segments such as fruit & vegetables, ready to eat Products, Spices, and condiments, Honey, cereals, dry fruits, etc.   ♦ The exhibition will include, display of organic food quiz, live culinary sessions, Chef speaks, cultural events, nukkad natak, etc. ♦ It facilitates business linkages and empowering women entrepreneurs through pre-arranged B2B and B2G meetings. ♦ It will enhance the Skill development capacity building training programs for women entrepreneurs and SHGs to facilitate post-harvest management. Participants: The festival will witness more than 150 women Entrepreneurs and Self Help Groups (SHGs) from 24 states across the country.

    Chitra Bharati Film Festival began at Gujarat University in Ahmedabad

    339 days ago
    The third edition of the Chitra Bharati Film Festival (CBFF) began at Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The three-day festival was inaugurated by the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Bollywood filmmaker Subhash Ghai. Chitra Bharati Film Festival: ♦ The aim of the film festival is to establish a Bharatiya narrative in Indian cinema. ♦ The festival will witness around 140 films from under four categories namely short film, documentary, animation and campus film. ♦ The themes for the festival include folk art, trees, constructive work, Bharatiya culture, and values, Bharatiya family, social harmony, water, women, national security, valour, nationhood, and education for nation-building.  ♦ In 2016 first edition of the festival was held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and the second edition was held at Delhi's Siri Fort Auditorium in 2018.

    MoFPI to organize National Organic Festival

    347 days ago
    Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) is to organize a National Organic Festival with a special focus on women entrepreneurs. The festival will be jointly organized by the MoFPI and Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD). The festival will be held from 21-23 February 2020 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. Aim: The festival aims to empower women and promote organic produce. The information was announced by the Union Minister for Food Processing Industries (FPI) Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal.  Theme: The theme of the three-day festival is "Unleashing India's Organic Market Potential". The theme focuses to boost the organic products and promote women entrepreneurship in the area of production and processing of organic products. National Organic Festival: ♦ During the National Organic Festival, women Entrepreneurs and SHGs will exhibit their organic products in various segments such as fruit & vegetables, ready to eat Products, Spices, and condiments, Honey, cereals, dry fruits, etc.   ♦ The exhibition will include, display of organic food quiz, live culinary sessions, Chef speaks, cultural events, nukkad natak, etc. ♦ It facilitates business linkages and empowering women entrepreneurs through pre-arranged B2B and B2G meetings. ♦ The festival will organize Skill development capacity building training programs for women entrepreneurs and SHGs to facilitate post-harvest management. Participants: The festival will witness more than 150 women Entrepreneurs and Self Help Groups (SHGs) from 24 states across the country.

    First-ever Jerusalem-Mumbai Festival to be held in Mumbai

    350 days ago
    The first-ever Jerusalem-Mumbai Festival has been scheduled to be held in Mumbai on 15 February 2020. The festival aims to promote artistic and cultural ties between India and Israel. The festival will be held on 15-16 February.  Aim: The festival aims to promote artistic cooperation in the diverse fields of culture, such as culinary art, music, and dance. Jerusalem-Mumbai Festival: ♦ The Festival will showcase the special links between the two cities and demonstrate their unique cultural traditions. ♦ It will provide a platform to promote collaborations between Jerusalem and Maharashtra in the cultural domain and inspire artists from Jerusalem and Mumbai to work together. ♦ It will deepen the growing partnership between the two countries. ♦ The festival will witness two collaborating chefs Ilan Garusi from Jerusalem and Amninder Sandhu from Mumbai. They will demonstrate special fusion meals.

    CM Biplab Deb inaugurated the two-day Hornbill Festival at Agartala

    350 days ago
    Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb inaugurated the two-day Hornbill Festival at Baramura Eco-Park, Agartala on 8 February 2020. The festival is organized for the first time in the state. He also inaugurated a log-hut and a hornbill viewpoint for the tourists. Aim: The aim of the festival is to conserve Hornbill and boost the livelihood of the people through tourism. Hornbill: There are 55 living species in the Hornbill family. India is home to 9 species of hornbills of which two are endemic. The 9 species are Austen's Brown Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Rufous Necked Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Grey Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, and Narcondam Hornbill. Note: Hornbill Festival is considered as the Festival of Festivals in Nagaland. Also, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur are organizing the Hornbill Festival to conserve nature and boost tourism.

    Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi inaugurates 2020 Bharat Parv

    366 days ago
    The annual event Bharat Parv begins from 26-31 January in Delhi. The event is being organized by the Ministry of Tourism. The event was inaugurated by Secretary & Financial Adviser of Ministry of Tourism Shri Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi at Red fort ground in New Delhi.  Aim: The main objective of Bharat Parv is to encourage Indians to visit different tourist places of India and to inculcate the spirit of Dekho Apna Desh. Theme: The theme of the 2020 Bharat Parv is 'Ek  Bharat  Shreshtha  Bharat' and 'Celebrating  150 Years of  Mahatma Gandhi'.  Bharat Parv 2020: Bharat Parv is organized by the Ministry of Tourism. The five-day festival aims to showcase the cuisine and culture of different states of the country. The festival is held annually at the end of January. Bharat Parv 2020 will have many attractions including the display of Tableaux of the Republic Day parade, performance by armed forces bands, handicraft & Handloom Stalls by the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations, cultural Performances and cookery demonstrations.

    The 13th annual edition of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival began in Rajasthan

    366 days ago
    The 13th annual edition of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival is being held in at Diggi Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan. The festival was inaugurated by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. During the occasion, he released a book titled Bijji: Timeless Tales from Marwa written by Vishes Kothari. Theme: The theme of the Jaipur Literature festival is "learning each other's stories". The festival aims to motivate a new generation of readers, writers, and literature lovers.  Festival highlights: ♦ Eminent speakers Parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor, eminent author Marcus Du Sautoy, and the Magsaysay Awardee Ravish Kumar delivered their speeches at the festival. ♦ The festival imposed the importance of literature and art. ♦ It focused on sessions that explored a woman's right to be free of every societal stereotype including sexual freedom and finding her identity in non-conventional lifestyles.  ♦ Many sessions including Food for Thought: Gastronomy and Literature, Jaipur BookMark, Darjeeling Express: Of Food and Friendship, were organized in the festival. ♦ During the festival, the fifth edition of the Mahakavi KanhaiyaLal Sethia Award for Poetry was awarded to Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, a well-known name to readers of contemporary literature.

    Chapchar Kut festival to be celebrated on 6 March

    371 days ago
    Mizoram is to celebrate festival Chapchar Kut on 6 March 2020. It is the biggest and most important festival of the Mizo. The meeting of the Chapchar Kut organizing committee was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Zoramthanga. The committee decided that the festival will be celebrated for two days. Agenda: ♦ The pre-festival will be celebrated on 5 March. It will be graced by Art and Culture Minister R Lalzirliana as Kut Pa or the father of the festival. ♦ The grand festive will be celebrated on 6 March. It will be graced by Chief Minister Zoramthanga. ♦ The theme of the festival is "Mizos' culture and moral code".  ♦ The festival will be celebrated in all parts of the state and the grand The Mizo people celebrate it by dressing in their traditional attire and dancing for the typical music and songs.  ♦ Popular Mizo dances including Chheihlam, Cheraw, Sarlamkai and Khuallam will be performed by various cultural groups.  ♦ Diplomats from countries such including Bangladesh, China, the USA,  Thailand, Myanmar, Korea, Japan, Nepal, Bhutan, and Israel have been invited. Also, the leaders of different tribes of Mizo from different parts of the world are expected to participate in the festival. ♦ As a part of the celebration, the exhibition of painting, photo, handloom, and handicraft will be held in different places in Aizawl. Chapchar Kut: Chapchar Kut is a spring festival of Mizoram. It is celebrated every year in the month of March after completion of the Jhum cultivation. The festival has been estimated to have started in 1450–1700 A.D. in a village called Suaipui. The celebration was revived in the year 1962.  Note: Jhum cultivation is the process of growing crops by first clearing the land of trees and vegetation and burning them thereafter.

    Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14 January

    378 days ago
    Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14 January every year. Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival. It is observed in the second week of January every year. Makar Sankranti: On this day, people express gratitude to the Sun God Surya and thank the nature for its abundant resources and good produce during the winter harvest festival. The day marks the end of the Winter season and the beginning of a new harvest season. The festival is celebrated in different parts of the country in diverse ways. The day denotes the entry of the sun into the zodiac sign of Makar, that is Capricorn, as it travels on its celestial path. Makar Sankranti is known various names in India like Lohri by north Indian Hindus and Sikhs, Sukarat in central India, Maghi in Punjab, Magh Bihu by Assam, Pongal by Tami Nadu, Pongala by Kerala, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Sakraat in Delhi, Haryana and many neighbouring states. History: Sankranti is deemed a Deity. The festival is celebrated as Sankranti killed a devil named Sankarasur. The information about the celebration of Makar Sankranti is available in Panchang, the Hindu Almanac. Note: Makar Sankranti is set by the solar cycle of the Hindu lunisolar calendar. It is generally observed on a day which usually falls on 14 January of the Gregorian calendar, but sometimes it falls on 15 January.

    National Youth Festival 2020 to be held in Lucknow

    381 days ago
    The 23rd National Youth Festival (NYF) 2020 has been scheduled to be held from 12-16 January at Indira Pratishthan, Lucknow. The festival will be jointly inaugurated by Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju.  Organized by: The NYF 2020 is organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and State Government of Uttar Pradesh.  Aim: The aim of NYF is to provide a platform to bring the youth of the country together. It aims to provide the Indian youth an opportunity to showcase their talents in various activities.  Theme: The theme of the 23rd National Youth Festival 2020 is FIT YOUTH FIT INDIA. The theme is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for New India to be a fit India and Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat. The event aims to promote the knowledge and ideas of the Youth. NYF 2020: ♦ The Government has been organizing National Youth Festival (NYF) since 1995. ♦ It provides a platform where youth will interact in formal and informal settings and exchange their social and cultural uniqueness.  ♦ It is a mega National Integration Camp.  ♦ The youth will be directed to inculcate physical activity and sports in their everyday lives to make new India a Fit India. ♦ The event will host different Competitive events like Folk Dance, Hindustani Vocal Solo, Carnatic Vocal Solo, Elocution, harmonium Light, Tabla, Mridangam, One Act Play, Veena, Flute, Dances Manipuri, Sitar, Guitar, Odissi, Kuchupuri, Bharatnatyam, Kathak and Non-Competitive Events like Young Artist Camp, Adventure Camp, Suvichar, Youth Convention, Yuva Kriti, Food festival. Participants: NYF 2020 is expected to have around 6000 participants including volunteers from NYKS, NSS and local youth from each State of the country.

    Madhavpur Mela to be held in 2020 April

    383 days ago
    The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh chaired a high-level meeting with senior officials of the Gujarat Government to review preparations for the mega festival of Madhavpur Mela in New Delhi on 8 January 2020. The Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat due to be held in the first week of April 2020. The 8 States of the Northern Eastern Region will participate in the festival. Madhavpur Mela: ♦ The Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat shares its connection to the Mishmi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.  ♦ Madhavpur Mela will witness magnificent folk cultural performances from the North-East, especially Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.  ♦ Troupes from Assam will perform Rukmini-Haran, a popular folk theatre of the region.  ♦ The musical troupe from Manipur will sing songs related to Rukmini in the Khullong Ishei and Nat genŕe.   ♦ Dance-dramas based on Rukmini-Krishna legends from Arunachal and Manipur and folk dance of the Idu Mishmi tribe from Arunachal will be part of the varied repertoire. ♦ Note:The Mishmi Tribe traces its ancestry to the legendary King Bhishmak and through him to his daughter Rukmini and Lord Krishna. The festival celebrates the immortal journey which Rukmini undertook from Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat with Lord Krishna. Bhismaknagar, located near Roing in the Lower Dibang Valley district, also finds mention in Kalika Purana.

    The 31st International Kite Festival launched in Ahmedabad

    384 days ago
    The 31st International Kite Festival was launched at the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It was inaugurated by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. The festival will be conducted from 7-14 January in different parts of the state. The festival became an identity of Gujarat. International Kite Festival: ♦ Makarsankranti, the festival of Kites aims attracts a large number of foreign tourists in the state. ♦ The size of the kite industry in the state has increased multi-fold following the successive International Kite Festivals in the state.  ♦ International Kite Festival is being organized at nine other places across the state including Statue of Unity Kevadiya, Surat and Vadodara. Participants: More than 140 kite flying experts from 40 countries and about 800 kite fliers from Gujarat and 200 kite fliers from 12 other states are participating in the unique festival.

    Mizoram government to organize Zo Festival from 9 Jan

    385 days ago
    The Mizoram state government is organizing the Zo Festival from 9 January 2020. The festival is a part of the State's endeavour to unify different tribes of Mizo. The Festival will be organized under the banner Zo Kutpui in at least 10 different cities across the globe.  Aim: The aim of the celebration of the Zo Festival is to reunify and strengthen the brotherhood among different tribes of Mizo.  Zo Festival: ♦ The first festival will be held at Vanghmun, a hub town of Mizos in neighbouring Tripura from 9-11 January 2020. It will be graced by the Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga. ♦ The event will witness cultural programmes and traditional songs from various Mizo tribes from Mizoram and other northeastern states. ♦ It is expected that many important dignitaries from various Mizoram tribes will participate in the event. ♦ Zo Kutpui will also be organized in Maryland in the USA, Tahan in Myanmar, Churachandpur in Manipur and Bangladesh. ♦ Mizo National Front (MNF) led the government is to unify different Mizo tribes. Also, the government is planning to launch bus services from Aizawl to Kanhmun in Tripura, Churachandpur in Manipur, Shillong in Meghalaya and Tahan in Myanmar to connect people of the Mizo community. Mizo Tribe: The Mizo population is found in Manipur, Tripura, and Mizoram across India. So far 12 Mizo clans have been identified. These tribal people are native to the north-eastern part of India, western Burma (Present Myanmar) and Eastern Bangladesh. The clans include Chawngthu, Hmar, Hualngo, Hualhnam, Khiangte, Lai, Pang, Pawi-Lusei, Phaite, Renthlei, Ralte, Tlau. Mizo is the common language of all Mizos.  Mizoram: State formed on: 20 February 1987 Governor: P. S. Sreedharan Pillai Chief Minister: Zoramthanga Deputy Chief Minister: Tawnluia Capital: Aizawl Literacy rate: 91.58% It shares borders with Assam, Manipur, and Tripura

    Lai Haraoba festival begins in Tripura

    387 days ago
    Lai Haraoba, a ritualistic festival observed by Manipuri meitei communities since ancient times began in Agartala.  Five Day Long The five-day-long festival organized by the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs, Government of Tripura, Puthiba Lai Haraoba Committee, and Puthiba Welfare & Cultural Society, Agartala. Lai Haraoba The five-day-long festival inaugurated by Speaker of state legislative Assembly, Rebati Mohan Das. The festival aims to uphold the tradition and cultural values of the Meitei community. Lai Haraoba is celebrated through oral literature, music, dance, and rituals. A cultural troupe from Manipur come to take part in the festival. They will be performing various cultural and traditional musical skits, including Manipuri martial arts, folk music, and folk dances during the festival. 

    Eleven day long Dhanu Jatra begins at Bargarh in western Odisha

    392 days ago
    The famous 11-day Dhanu Jatra celebrated as the largest open-air theatre of the world begins at Bargarh in western Odisha. The Jatra based on the mythological story of Lord Krishna and his demon uncle King Kansa.  Dhanu Jatra - Festival Dhanu Jatra is the annual drama-based open-air theatrical performance celebrated in and around Bargarh city considered to be the world’s largest outdoor theatrical festival that finds a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. The annual festival came into being in 1947-48 to celebrate Indian’s Independence and to symbolize the victory of good over evil. Over 70 artists performed in the Dhanu Yatra at Mathura, another 45 artists played different roles at Gopapura during the festival. Around 3,000 artists of 120 cultural troupes from across the state and from neighboring states will perform at the Raj Durbar, Nanda Durbar, and Rangamahal during the festival. The department of Culture of the Government of India accorded the National Festival status to Dhanu Jatra in November 2014.

    Mandu Festival begins at Mandu Madhya Pradesh

    394 days ago
    Madhya Pradesh, the 5-day Mandu festival, started in Mandu, a world-famous picturesque tourist destination located in Dhar district of the state. The Mandu festival will redefine the essence of the city & bring about the joy of establishing a new tourism hub in the state. Mandu festival The Mandu festival celebrated till January 1. The rich classical and traditional folk arts of dance, singing, and playing once again come alive through the Mandu festival. The idea of Khojne Me Kho Jao, the Mandu festival, is offering an eclectic mix of performing arts, workshops, nature trails, food, architecture, and music to the visitors. The trail on cycling tours, walking tours, or jump onto the Hop-In-Hop-Out buses to dive deep into the rich history of the city. 

    National Tribal Dance Festival begins in Raipur

    395 days ago
    National Tribal Dance Festival begun in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, The inaugural function presided over by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. National Tribal Dance Festival The National Tribal Dance Festival organized in Chhattisgarh for the first time.  Around 1300 participants from 25 states & UTs of the country and six countries participating in this three-day dance fest. These folk dance teams will present their respective folk art cultures. The three days, 29 tribal troupes present more than 43 styles of four different dance forms. Significance The National Tribal Dance Festival is an annual festival celebrated by the aborigines and tribal of India in the National Capital Region, of India i.e. New Delhi. This Tribal Dance Festival annually during the month of December. It is organized by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India in collaboration with IGRMS, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

    The 5-day music festival Tansen Samaroh began in Gwalior

    405 days ago
    The Music festival Tansen Samaroh began in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh on 17 December. The festival will be held from 17-21 December 2019. The popular classical music festival began with the traditional style with the recitations of Harikatha and Milad. 2019 is the 95th year of the festival. It is one of the oldest and esteemed classical music festival. Highlights: ♦ The festival is organized by Ustad Alauddin Khan Kala Evam Sangeet Academy that functions under the Madhya Pradesh culture department.  ♦ The music-driven platform in the festival is used by the musicians and instrumentalists from all over the world ♦ The artist will showcase talent during the festival. ♦ Participants: The festival attracts thousands of musicians and aspiring singers from all over India. Artistes from the US, Greece, Iran, and Belgium will perform in different sessions of the Tansen festival. The festival is also attended by a huge crowd of music lovers every year. History: The five-day festival is celebrated in the memory of one of the most eminent singers of Indian history Mian Tansen every year. Tansen was one of the nine gems in the court of Emperor Akbar, one of the greatest Mughal rulers of India. 2019 Tansen Award: Vocalist Pandit Vidyadhar Vyas will be presented with the National Tansen Award for 2019 during the Tansen Festival. The award was instituted by the Madhya Pradesh government. The award recognizes the outstanding exponents of Hindustani classical music. It carries a cash prize of Rs.2 lakh.

    Orange festival began in Manipur

    406 days ago
    The State-level Orange Festival began in Manipur on 16 December. The festival will be held on 16-18 December 2019. The 3-day festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh at district headquarters Tamenglong. Orange Festival: ♦ The Orange Festival is conducted under the sponsorship of the North Eastern Council. ♦ The festival aims to promote the fruit and encourage its growers. ♦ The festival hosted more than 300 orange stalls. ♦ The festival will have many programmes like competition for adventure sports, best orange recipes and orange peel products, orange eating competition, children’s fair, choir competition, traditional games, traditional fashion show, cultural dances, rock concert by various rock bands. ♦ In the festival, competition for the Orange growers was held and prizes were distributed to top position holders. ♦ The festival will include traditional games, cultural show, orange queen completion, seminar for growers. Note: Tamenglong district is the largest producer of orange fruit in Manipur. Also, it is expected that Tamenglong orange will soon receive a Geographical Indication Tagging Certificate.

    National Tribal Dance Festival to begin in Raipur from 27 December

    409 days ago
    A three-day National Tribal Dance Festival will be held in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The festival is to be held on 27-29 December 2019. Events: ♦ The National Tribal Dance event will be organized at the Science College Ground from 10 am to 8:30 pm. ♦ During the event, artists from various states and the countries will march past in their traditional attires.  ♦ Nearly 1,400 artists of 151 art troupes from 23 states and guest artists from 6 countries will participate in the three-day programme. ♦ Odisha CM Bhupesh Baghel reviewed the preparations for the National Tribal Dance Festival. He also directed the concerned officials to ensure proper arrangements for the comfort and convenience of the artists, participants, and guests as well as the audience. Participants: International folk artists from 23 states and 6 other countries including Bangladesh, Belarus, Sri Lanka, and Uganda are expected to participate and portray their respective tribal folk culture at the festival.

    EEPC celebrates 50th year of Engineering Exports Awards

    412 days ago
    Minister of State for Commerce and Industry and Minister of State Independent Charge of Civil Aviation and Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, gave away the Engineering Export Promotion Awards (EEPC) for the year 2017-2018 at a function in New Delhi. The next year India's engineering exports will reach the target of USD 1 trillion. EEPC EEPC celebrates and completes 50 years of rewarding exporters, and 111 winners were given national awards for 2017-18 across eight categories in over 32 product panels. The Quality Control of India (QCI) invited to evaluate EEPC member companies, and EEPC India-QCI Quality awards were given away to 7 winners. EEPC for completing 50 years of rewarding exporters and also complemented 111 winners who received national awards. The engineering sector, which employs 40 lakh workers to get with global engineering standards and adopt new technology to upgrade their core efficiency and improve their competency and achieve cost competitiveness. The fifty-five percent of EEPC members are MSMEs electronic refund module and an online filing and issuance of preferential certificate of origin. A web portal of industrial schemes of different Ministries of the Government of India is also available to the engineering industries, and the NIRVIK scheme announced to ensure enhanced loan availability for exporters. The exporters to tap emerging markets like Africa, the CIS countries, countries of Latin America and the GCC, and Mexico and thereby ensure that by 2025 India's engineering exports will reach a target of USD 200 billion.

    Indigenous Faith Day was celebrated in Tezu

    420 days ago
    The Indigenous Faith Day (IFD) 2019 was celebrated on 1 December in Tezu, Arunachal Pradesh. The Day aims to preserve the rich culture and identity of the State. The function was presided by Tezu legislator Karikho Kri. The programme was organized by the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal  Pradesh (IFCSAP) of Tezu. Events: ♦ The tribes of the district showcased their cultures in a colourful programme ♦ The Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) calendar was launched in the event.   ♦ The programme concluded with a prayer song by Amik and Ringya group.

    Hornbill Festival is being celebrated in Nagaland

    420 days ago
    The 10-day-long Hornbill Festival of Nagaland began at Kisama, Nagaland on 1 December 2019. The 20th edition of the Hornbill festival was inaugurated by the State Governor R.N. Ravi. Aim: The festival aims to pay rich tribute to the Naga leaders, who under extremely challenging circumstances, secured for the people, the Nagaland State with special status.  Organized by: The Hornbill festival is organized by the Nagaland State Government. It is an annual tourism promotional event Hornbill festival: ♦ The festival showcases Nagaland's traditional and rich cultural heritage in all its ethnicity, diversity and grandeur. ♦ The festival reminds the rich cultural heritage of Naga tribes. ♦ It highlights the need to correct certain uncharitable distortions to Nagas' history by some colonial administrators. ♦ The State government along with Eastern Air  Command (IAF) Shillong organized a display of Sukhoi aircraft flying over Kisama site and headquarter, Eastern Air  Command (IAF) Shillong.  ♦ Stalls were put up at Kisama at the festival. ♦ The festival will witness the cultural performance of different tribes of Nagaland and Northeastern States, art exhibition, indigenous games, night carnival, city tour, photo-fest, among others.

    Sangai Festival 2019 begins in Manipur

    427 days ago
    Manipur Sangai Festival 2019 started.  The Festival is organized by the State Tourism Department and the most significant Festival held annually to promote tourism.  The formal inaugural function of the Festival held at Hapta Kangjeibung at Imphal. N. Biren Singh attended the inaugural function as Chief Guest. State Ministers, dignitaries from foreign countries participated in the service. The Festival is held at different parts of Manipur. During the Festival, cultural programs, traditional games, folk dance, and classical music will be performed by various communities of the State as well as from other States. The Festival will conclude on the 30th of this month. Sangai Festival It is an annual cultural festival organized by Manipur Tourism Department every year from 21 to 30 November. This Festival celebrated over the past few years with the name of the Tourism Festival since 2010 renamed as the Sangai Festival to stage the uniqueness of the shy and gentle brow-antlered deer popularly known as the Sangai.

    Destination NE Festival to be held in Varanasi

    431 days ago
    The Destination North East (NE) Festival is to be held in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on 23 November 2019. The festival will be inaugurated by MoS (Independent Charge) Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr. Jitendra Singh. It is organized by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Government of India. The festival will be held from 23-26 November 2019. Aim: The festival aims to bring the rest of India closer to the North East and to have experience of the rich culture of the North-Eastern region. It is a measure taken by the Central government for the development of the North East, which is the priority of the PM Narendra Modi led government.  Destination NE festival: ♦ The visitors will have live experiences of the artisans and artists from the NE states who work on looms and crafts during the festival. ♦ The artisans will perform their songs and dance at the festival. ♦ Games will be performed in the event where the visitors can also participate.  ♦ Live kitchens with recipes from NE and Uttar Pradesh will be serving delicacies throughout the event. ♦ Mega-stars from NE regions and other parts of the country will perform in the events. Shillong Chamber Choir, Borkung Hrangkhawl, Papon, Saurabhee Debbarma, Rekha Bhardwaj will also perform in the event. ♦ Organic products, water development, food processing, tourism, seminars will be held every morning during the festival. Various experts will participate in the respective fields. ♦ Central Government agencies like North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCoRMP), CBTC, North East Handicrafts & Handlooms Corporation Ltd (NEHHDC), Lalit Kala Academy, North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation (NERAMAC), International Centre for Cultural Relations will also participate in the event.

    Shri Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the 2019 SARAS IITF Mela

    434 days ago
    The Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, and Agriculture Shri Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the SARAS IITF Mela 2019 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on 18 November 2019.  Organized by: The SARAS IITF Mela has been organized by Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) along with DAY-NRLM, Minister for Rural Development (MoRD).  SARAS Mela: ♦ SARAS Mela is an initiative by the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM), Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD). The aim is to bring the rural women Self Help Groups (SHGs) members formed under DAY-NRLM. The platform aims to showcase their skills, sell and build linkages with potential market players.  ♦ SARAS Mela provides a platform to these SHG women and a national level exposure to understand the demand and taste of the urban customers in metros.  ♦ The stalls displayed a large variety of natural food items, handloom, and handicraft items made by SHG members.

    India International Cherry Blossom festival 2019 was celebrated in Shillong

    435 days ago
    The fourth edition of the India International Cherry Blossom festival, 2019, was celebrated in Shillong, Meghalaya. The festival was celebrated from 13-16 November 2019. The 2019 festival was jointly celebrated by India and South Korea for the first time. The festival witnessed the unique autumn flowering of Himalayan Cherry Blossoms. Several events were conducted at the festival. Aim of the festival: The festival was celebrated to attract tourists to the hill state in autumn to witness the unique beauty of pink and white cherry blossoms. It will also witness Meghalaya's traditional arts, culture, and cuisine.  Events: ♦ The festival included events like fashion shows, rock concerts, a beauty pageant, and even compete in an amateur Golf Tournament. ♦ Many stalls showcased Shillong's food, wine, and crafts.  ♦ Having as the Republic of Korea as a partner country, several K-events, including a K-Pop concert and also a K-cuisine stall, were organized. ♦ Also, Korea exhibited opportunities for Education in South Korea, in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre India.

    Dhaka International Folk Festival was celebrated at Bangladesh

    436 days ago
    The fifth edition of the Dhaka International Folk Festival was held at Bangladesh Army Stadium, Bangladesh. It was inaugurated by the Information Minister of Bangladesh, Dr. Hasan Mahmud. More than 200 artistes from 6 countries performed in the largest folk festival in Asia. The event was held from 14-16 November 2019. Dhaka International Folk Festival: ♦ The event included performances of artistes of Bhabna Nrityadal, a prominent dance troupe from Bangladesh.  ♦ Daler Mehendi from India, Shah Alam Sarkar from Bangladesh, and Georgian folk band Chveneburebi performed on the programme. ♦ The three-day festival witnessed the participation of a large number of popular and renowned artistes from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Russia, and other countries.  ♦ Among the notable ones Junoon and Hina Nasrullah from Pakistan and Sattuma from Russia performed in the three-day-long event.

    Amit Shah inaugurated 2019 Aadi Mahotsav at Dilli Haat

    437 days ago
    Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah inaugurated Aadi Mahotsav 2019, the National Tribal Festival, at Dilli Haat, New Delhi. Aadi Mahotsav will be celebrated from 16-30 November 2019.  Aim: The Aadi Mahotsav is the government's effort to take tribal commerce to the next level of digital and electronic transactions.  Theme: The theme of the Aadi Mahotsav 2019 is A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Crafts, Culture, and Commerce. The theme is to represent the basic ethos of tribal life.  Event: ♦ The festival will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewelry and much more. ♦ It will showcase the tribal textiles manufactured by Master tribal Craftsmen from Jammu & Kashmir in the North to Tamil Nadu in the South and from Gujarat in the West to Nagaland/Sikkim in the East.  ♦ The festival showcases a wide range of products from the tribal artisans from Leh, Ladakh for the first time.  ♦ A wide range of products from the North Eastern States will be on display and sale.  ♦ The Tribal handicrafts will be sold through about 210 Stalls under the Tribes Banner by tribal Artisans. ♦ In order to support the government's aspiration to go cashless, the tribal artisans will accept payment through major credit/debit cards for which Point of Sale (POS) machines have been provided in each stall. ♦ The festival will display the rich digital commerce and e-commerce being promoted by Tribes India. ♦ It will also showcase the electronic and digital skills of the tribals as a special attraction. Participants: Over 1000 tribal artisans and artists from 27 States are participating in the festival.

    Minister Rajnath Singh attended Maitree Diwas in Tawang

    438 days ago
    Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attended Maitree Diwas (Civil-Military Friendship) on 14 November in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, during his two-day visit to the state. The festival was celebrated for two days at Gyalwa Tsangyang Gyatso High Altitude Stadium Tawang. Maitree Diwas 2019 is the 11th edition of Maitree Diwas, which celebrates civil-military bonhomie in Arunachal Pradesh. The day calls for oneness among people, civil administration, Police, and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to realize the dream of New India. Rajnath Singh also inaugurated Sisseri River Bridge and National Highway-52 in East Siang District on 15 November. Maitree Diwas: Maitree Diwas was initiated by Late Dorjee Khandu, Former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, in 2004. The day symbolizes the patriotism of the people of the region and their close relationship with the Armed Forces. The day aims to celebrate the strong spirit of friendship and bonhomie that exists between the civilians and the Indian Army. The civil-military friendship assures that the Indian borders are doubly safe.

    Bali Yatra festival is being celebrated in Cuttack

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    Bali Yatra festival is being celebrated in Cuttack, Odisha. The festival is organized every year in the memory of the rich maritime history of the state. The festival was inaugurated by the Odisha Assembly Speaker SN Patro.  Celebration: Over 1000 stalls have come up to showcase the traditional items, art, food items, household craft from the state and outside the state to celebrate the eight-day festival. For the first time ever, the Bali Yatra festival has a maritime corner that exhibits the model of the maritime voyage of ancient sea traders, who were travelling to the different parts of South-East Asia for Trade and culture extension. Bali Yatra Festival: Bali Yatra festival is celebrated every year. The festival is organized at the bank of Mahanadi River. It marks the day when ancient mariners from the state would set sail to the distant land of Bali, Sumatra, Jawa in Indonesia, Borneo, and Sri Lanka for the expansion of trade and Culture.

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