Indian Festivals - Send Festival Gifts to India
Lohri : 14th January, 2016 ( Thursday )
Lohri, is celebrated every year on 14th of January. It is a festival to worship fire. Lohri Festival is celebrated with great pomp in North India. At this time Earth starts moving towards the sun marking the auspicious period of Uttarayan. Lohri is a festival connected with the solar year. Generally, it is an accepted fact that this festival is to worship fire. This is particularly a happy occasion for the couples who for the first time celebrated Lohri after their marriage and also the first Lohri of the son born in a family. Children visit homes in the neighbourhood and sing songs.
On, Lohri gifts are exchanged with increased fervor and on a larger scale if there has been a birth or marriage in the family. If it is a newborns first Lohri, the maternal grandparents send gifts of clothes, sweets, rayveri, peanuts, popcorns and fruits. A new bride also receives gifts of clothes, jewelry and sweets from her parents as well as her in-laws. Fresh flowers, exchange of gifts, new clothes, meeting new and old friends and offering of sweets, all these sum up a typical Lohri celebration.
Pongal / Makar Sankaranthi / Uttarayan : 15th January, 2016 ( Friday )
Pongal is one the most significant harvest festival of South India, mainly Tamil Nadu. The four-day-long harvest festival is celebrated with gaiety & enthusiasm with Prayers to the Sun God on this occasion. Pongal is one of such highly revered festivals celebrated in Tamil Nadu to mark the harvesting of crops by farmers. The house is cleaned, and all maintenance jobs are done before this festival. Held in the middle of January, it is the time when the people get ready to thank God, Earth and their Cattle for the wonderful harvest and celebrate the occasion with joyous festivities and rituals. During the four-day festival, different varieties of Rangoli are drawn in front of the houses early in the morning.
In North India, it is known as Makar Sankaranthi. Express warm Pongal greetings to loved ones with thoughtful Pongal Gifts.
Holi : 24th March, 2016 ( Thursday )
The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'.
Holi celebration begins with lighting up of bonfire on the Holi eve. Numerous legends & stories associated with Holi celebration makes the festival more exuberant and vivid. People rub 'gulal' and 'abeer' on each others' faces and cheer up saying, "bura na maano Holi hai". Holi also gives a wonderful chance to send blessings and love to dear ones wrapped in a special Holi gift.
Gudi Padva / Ugadi : 08th April, 2016 ( Friday )
This festival marks the beginning of New Year in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka. This festival is known as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Gudi Padva is considered one of the four most auspicious days in the year when people start new ventures. It is believed that Lord Brahma, created the world on this day and so he is worshipped specially at this time. Lord Vishnu too is said to have incarnated as Matsya, the fish, on this day.
People prepare for the New Year by cleaning and washing their houses and buying new clothes. On the festival day they decorate their houses with mango leaves and 'rangoli' designs, and pray for a prosperous new year, and visit the temples to listen to the yearly calendar 'Panchangasravanam' as priests make predictions for the coming year. Also the great Indian Mathematician Bhaskaracharya's calculations proclaimed the Ugadi day from the sunrise on as the beginning of the new year, new month and new day. The onset of spring also marks a beginning of new life with plants acquiring new life, shoots and leaves. Spring is considered the first season of the year hence also heralding a new year and a new beginning. The vibrancy of life and verdent fields, meadows full of colorful blossoms signifies growth, prosperity and well-being.
People send Gudi Padva / Ugadi Gifts to dear ones and express good wishes to their loved ones.
Mahavir Jayanti : 19th April, 2016 ( Tuesday )
Mahavir Jayanti is regarded as the main Jain festival of the year. The festival is celebrated in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira. According to the Digambar school of Jainism, Lord Mahavira was born in the year 615 BC, but the Swetambaras believe that He was born in 599 BC. But both the sects believed that Mahavira was the son of Siddhartha and Trisala. According to the legend, Devananda, wife of a Brahmin named Rishabhdeva, conceived him. The gods, ingeniously, transferred the embryo to the womb of Trisala. According to Swetambara section the expectant mother was believed to have seen 14 auspicious dreams. And according to Digambara section it was 16 dreams. The Astrologers interpreted these dreams, stated that the child would be either an emperor or a Teerthankar.
The entire Jain community through out the country celebrates Mahavir Jayanti. On this auspicious day Celebrate Mahavir Jayanti by sending Mahavir Jayanti Gifts to your loved ones.
Easter : 27th March, 2016 ( Sunday )
Easter, the Sunday of the Resurrection, Pascha, or Resurrection Day, is the most important religious feast of the Christian liturgical year, observed at some point between late March and late April each year. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, which Christians believe occurred on the third day of his death by crucifixion. Traditionally the Easter Season lasted for the forty days from Easter Day until Ascension Day.
As with many other Christian dates, the celebration of Easter extends beyond the church. Since its origins, it has been a time of celebration and feasting. Today it is commercially important, seeing wide sales of greeting cards and confectionery such as chocolates & Easter eggs.
Baisakhi : 13th April, 2016 ( Wednesday )
Baisakhi Festival falls on April 13th or April 14th and marks the beginning of the solar year. People of North India, particularly Punjab thank God for good harvest. Visit to Gurudwaras, Vaisakhi processions and traditional performances are the highlights of the day. Baisakhi has special significance for Sikhs as on this day in 1699, their tenth Guru Gobind Singh Ji organized the order of the Khalsa. The festival of Baisakhi is an important festival for the Sikhs because it is a formal celebration of the brotherhood of their community.
Punjab has always been known and identified as a land of gaiety and merrymaking where festivals are celebrated with much exuberance and fanfare. Being a predominantly agricultural state that prides itself on its foodgrain production, it is little wonder that its most significant festival is Baisakhi, which marks the arrival of the harvesting season. The word Baisakhi is derived from the month of Vaisakha, a time when the farmer returns home with his bumper crop, the fruit of his whole year’s hard labour. Cries of Jatta aai Baisakhi rent the skies as the people of Punjab attired in their best clothes break into the Bhangra dance to express their joy. The dancers and drummers challenge each other to continue the dance. The scenes of sowing, harvesting, winnowing and gathering of crops are expressed through zestful movements of the body to the accompaniment of ballads.
People send Gudi Baisakhi Gifts to dear ones and express good wishes to their loved ones.
EID : Id-ul-Fitr ( Ramadan ) : 07th July, 2016 ( Thursday )
Eid ul-Fitr or Id-Ul-Fitr as simply Eid, is an Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. Fit.r means "to break the fast" and therefore symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. On the day of the celebration, a typical Muslim family is awake very early and then after praying the first normal everyday prayer, is required to eat in a small quantity, symbolizing the end of Ramadan. They then attend special congregational prayers held only for this occasion in mosques, in large open areas, stadiums or arenas. The prayer is generally short, and is followed by a sermon.
For Muslims, Eid ul-Fitr is a joyous occasion with important religious significance, celebrating of the achievement of enhanced piety. It is a day of forgiveness, moral victory, peace of congregation, fellowship, brotherhood and unity. Muslims celebrate not only the end of fasting, but also thank God for the help and strength that they believe he gave them throughout the previous month to help them practice self-control. It is a time of giving and sharing, and many Muslims dress in holiday.
Janmashtami : 25th August, 2016 ( Thursday )
Janmashtami is the joyful celebration of Lord Krishna's birth. Major celebrations of Krishna Janmashtami takes place at midnight as Krishna is said to have made his divine appearance in that hour. Fasting, bhajans, pujas and many other rituals mark Janmashtami celebrations in India.
Sri Krishna is considered to be one of the most endeared human incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Born more than 5000 years ago in Mathura city, the revered God of Hindu religion and his teachings hold immense relevance till date.
Janmashtami celebrates the birth of one of the most famous Gods of Hindu religion, Bhagwan Krishna, on the eighth day ( Ashtami ) in the month of Sravana or Savana. Lord Sri Krishna was born on the 'Rohini' nakshatram (star). It is generally celebrated in the month of August-September according to the Christian Calendar. Legend has it that Sri Krishna was born on a dark, stormy and windy night to end the rule and atrocities of his maternal uncle, Kansa.
Celebrate the birth of the Child God Krishna! Special Pooja items, mithais and gifts match the joyous festival.
Ganesh Chaturthi : 05th September, 2016 ( Monday )
Ganesh Chaturthi is the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the son of Shiva & Parvati. Lord Ganesh, the patron deity is the God of wisdom. Come August, preparations to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi - the auspicious day when Lord Ganesh was born - begin with great enthusiasm all over the state. The 11-day festival begins with the installation of beautifully sculpted Ganesha idols in homes and mandaps, colourfully decorated, depicting religious themes or current events. The Ganesh idols are worshipped with families and friends. Many cultural events are organised and people participate in them with keen interest. After ten exciting days comes the time to bid farewell to the beloved God.
Celebrate the birth of Lord Ganesh with Special Pooja items, mithais and gifts match the joyous festival.
Onam : 13th September, 2016 ( Tuesday )
Onam is the biggest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. Onam Festival falls during the Malayali month of Chingam and marks the homecoming of legendary King Mahabali. Carnival of Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala culture and tradition. Intricately decorated Pookalam, ambrosial Onasadya, breathtaking Snake Boat Race and exotic Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam - the harvest festival in Kerala.
It is a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the kerala state by people of all communities. This corresponds with the month of August-September according to Gregorian Calendar. Rich cultural heritage of Kerala comes out in its best form and spirit during the ten day long festival. It is indeed a treat to be a part of the grand carnival.
Navratri : 01st October, 2016 - 09th October, 2016 ( Saturday to Sunday )
The 9 nights festival of Navratri begins on the first day of Ashwina of the bright fortnight. Seeds are sown, sprouting is watched, the planets are consecrated, and on the 8th and 9th days, Goddess Durga, Vijayashtami and Mahanavami are worshipped. The day after Navratri i.e. the 10th day after Ashwina, is Dussera which celebrates the victory of lord Rama over Ravana. Ravana is burnt in effigy, often giant dummies of Ravana stuffed with fireworks are shot with arrows until they blow up before a large, applauding audience.
In Tamil Nadu, the first three days are dedicated to the worship of Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth and prosperity, wherein they perform puja, every night and regular cleaning is maintained all throughout because it is believed that Lakshmi would not enter if the place is filthy. The next three days to Saraswati, Goddess of learning and arts and the last three days to Shakti (Durga).
In Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, women arrange 'Bommai Kolu', a special placing of dolls in various costumes decorated with flowers and ornaments on specially prepared steps. Nine young 'kanyas' or virgins are offered new clothes and sweets as the goddesses and married women share flowers, kumkum and snacks among themselves.
Like other festivals in the country, Navratri is a festival that combines spiritual, cultural and frivolous activities for almost a fortnight. So it is really an occasion for festivities on a grand scale, which emanate a genuine feeling of bonhomie and warmth. People send Navratri Puja Gifts to dear ones and express good wishes to their loved ones.
Durga Puja : 07th October, 2016 - 11th October, 2016 ( Friday to Tuesday )
Durga, in Sanskrit means "She who is incomprehensible or difficult to reach." Goddess Durga is a form of Sakti worshiped for her gracious as well as terrifying aspect. Mother of the Universe, she represents the infinite power of the universe and is a symbol of a female dynamism. The manifestation of Goddess Durga is said to emerge from her formless essence and the two are inseparable.
She is also called by many other names, such as Parvati, Ambika, and Kali. In the form of Parvati, She is known as the divine spouse of Lord Shiva and is the mother of her two sons, Ganesha and Karttikeya, and daughter Jyoti. Destroyer of demons, she is worshiped during an annual festival called Durga puja.
Durga Puja is celebrated with joy all over India, especially West Bengal in worship of Goddess Durga. Singing, dancing, sweets & gaiety are an integral part of the Durga Pooja Festival. People send Durga Puja Gifts to dear ones and express good wishes.
Dhanteras : 28th October, 2016 ( Friday )
Dhanteras marks the first day of five-days-long Diwali Festival. Dhanteras Festival, also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanwantari Triodasi, falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik (October/November). In the word Dhanteras, "Dhan" stands for wealth. On Dhanteras Goddess Laxmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. Hence Dhan Teras holds a lot more significance for the business community.
Dhanteras is celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm. "Lakshmi-Puja" is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lighted to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. Bhajans ir devotional songs- in praise of Goddess Laxmi are sung and "Naivedya" of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess. There is a peculiar custom in Maharashtra to lightly pound dry coriander seeds with jaggery and offer as Naivedya.
In villages cattle are adorned and worshiped by farmers as they form the main source of their income. In south cows are offered special veneration as they are supposed to be the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and therefore they are adorned and worshiped on this day. It's a fantastic way to start the Diwali celebrations with your loved ones. Dhanteras gifts can be anything.
Diwali : 30th October, 2016 ( Sunday )
Diwali will be celebrated this year 2016 on 30th October. The ‘festival of light’ is the most loved celebration in India. People love to burn crackers and fireworks on the dark night of Diwali. They pray to Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi on this day and pray that their lives are always illuminated by happiness, prosperity and good luck. Deepavali celebrations reconfirm our faith in the triumph of good over evil.
Diwali or Deepavali is not only celebrated in India, it is also celebrated across the globe. The Hindu communities have preserved the tradition of customs and rituals through the celebration of festivals. Whether it is Indonesia, Nepal, Australia, Trinidad or Fiji, people do celebrate this festivity with great vigor and joy.
Modern day Deepawali celebrations include shopping, enjoying Diwali melas and exchanging Diwali gifts. Houses are whitewashed and decorated to celebrate Diwali. People in various regions of India celebrate Deepavali differently. Fresh flowers, new clothes, best of ornaments and exchange of gifts mark the festive spirit of Deepavali celebrations.
Bhai Dooj : 01st November, 2016 ( Tuesday )
Bhai Dooj Festival is also spelt as Bhaidooj Festival, Bhaiduj or Bhai Duj Festival in India. Bhai Dooj is celebrated between brothers and sisters. On this day, sisters apply sacred tika on their brother's forehead and pray for their long life. Brothers' bless their sisters and promise to protect them from all hardships in life.
The celebration of traditional festivals constitutes an important part of the Indian lifestyle. One of the most awaited festival is Bhaiya-dooj, where Bhaiya meaning brother, and dooj indicate two days after new moon, ie, two days after Diwali in Kartik month of Hindu calendar.
The celebrating of this day has its own importance in continuing to maintain the love between brothers and sisters for it is the day of food-sharing, gift-giving and reaching out to the inner most depths of the hearts.
Christmas : 25th December, 2016 ( Sunday )
Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. Christmas festivities often combine the commemoration of Jesus' birth with various customs, many of which have been influenced by earlier winter festivals. "Xmas" and "X-mas" are common abbreviations of the word "Christmas". Traditions include the display of Nativity scenes, Holly and Christmas trees, the exchange of gifts and cards, and the arrival of Father Christmas 'Santa Claus' on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning.
In most places around the world, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25. It is preceded by Christmas Eve on December 24, and in some countries is followed by Boxing Day on December 26, where the holiday is characterized by the exchange of gifts among friends and family members, some of the gifts are attributed to a character called Santa Claus.
Buy gift in India for Christmas - Christmas cake, Chocolates hamper, Black Forest cake, Red roses, Yellow arrangement, Assorted sweets, Fererro Rocher chocolate and assorted flowers.