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Natural air freshners

  1. In one corner keep broad basin filled with lemon circles or orange segments. Keep changing them everyday.
  2. Spray 1/4c baking soda+4c warm water+fistful rose petals.
  3. Grind to smooth paste 2Tclove, fistful rose petals, lemon/orange skin, cinnamon, cook on low with 2c white wine vinegar 10mts, cool. Place small cupful in one corner of a room.
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Add a comment February 27, 2008

Nagula chavithi

  1. It is on the fifth day of the bright half of the Shravan that Naga Panchami, or the festival of snakes, is celebrated.
  2. Snakes are believed to like milk. As this is the day of the serpents, devotees pour milk into all the holes in the ground around the house or near the temple to propitiate them. If a snake actually drinks the milk, it is considered to be extremely lucky for the devotee.
  3. Young Krishna was playing with the other cowboys, when suddenly the ball got entangled in the high branch of a tree. Krishna volunteered to climb the tree and fetch the ball. But below the tree there was a deep part of the river Yamuna, in which the terrible snake Kaliya was living. Everybody was afraid of that part of the river. Suddenly Krishna fell from the tree into the water. Then that terrible snake came up. But Krishna was ready and jumping on the snake’s head he caught it by the neck. Kaliya understood that Krishna was not an ordinary boy, and that it would not be easy to overcome him. So Kaliya pleaded with Krishna: “Please, do not kill me.” Krishna full of compassion asked the snake to promise that henceforth he would not harass anybody. Then he let the snake go free into the river again.
  4. On Nag Panchami day the victory of Krishna over the Kaliya snake is commemorated.

Add a comment February 25, 2008

Brahmotsavam

  1. Tirumala Brahmotsavam is an annual Hindu festival celebrated for nine days in the months of September and October at the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.
  2. Brahma worshiped Sri Balaji on the banks of the holy Pushkarini in Tirupati as a way to give thanks for the Lord’s protection of mankind. Hence, this utsava bears his name as “Brahmotsavam,” which means “Brahma’s Utsavam.” In Tirumala, Brahmotsavam is celebrated in the month of October.

Add a comment February 25, 2008

Atla tadde

  1. Traditional festival celebrated by married Hindus women of Andhra Pradesh, India, for the health and long life of their husbands.
  2. It occurs on the 3rd night after the full moon in Aswiyuja month of Telugu calendar
  3. It is the Telugu equivalent of Karva Chauth, which is celebrated by north Indian women the following day.
  4. Keeping a day-long fast without food or water. At night women do pooja, and after seeing the moon, they break the fast by eating tiny atlu

Add a comment February 25, 2008

Ramzaan/Ramadan & Eid ul-Fitr

  1.  Takes place during the 9th month of the Islamic calendar.
  2. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, and months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year, Ramadan migrates through the seasons.
  3. Every day during the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world get up before dawn to eat and perform their fajr prayer. They break their fast when the fourth prayer of the day, Maghrib (sunset), is due.
  4. During Ramadan, Muslims are also expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam as well as refraining from lying, stealing, anger, envy, greed, lust, sarcastic retorts, backbiting, and gossip. Obscene and irreligious sights and sounds are to be avoided; sexual intercourse during fasting hours is also forbidden.
  5. In addition to fasting, Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Qur’an.
  6.  Eid ul-Fitr means the Festival of Breaking the Fast, a special celebration is made. Food is donated to the poor (‘Zakat al-Fitr’), everyone put on their best, preferably new, clothes, and communal prayers are held in the early morning, followed by feasting and visiting relatives and friends.

Add a comment February 25, 2008

Hanuman jayanti

  1. Celebrated during chaitra month to commemorate the birth of Hanuman.
  2.  Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy.
  3. The devotees will visit temples and apply tilak of sindhoor to their foreheads from the Hanumans body as this is considered to be good luck. According to the legend Sita was applying sindhoor to her head, Hanuman Ji questioned why and replied that this would ensure a long life for her husband. Hanuman then smeared his entire body with sindhoor, in an effort to ensure Rama’s immortality.

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Good friday & Easter

  1. Good Friday is the Friday before Easter (Easter always falls on a Sunday).
  2. It commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus at Calvary.
  3. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, which Christians believe occurred on the third day of his death.

Add a comment February 25, 2008

Mahavir jayanti

  1. In Jainism, Mahavir Jayanti is the most important religious holiday.
  2. Its his birthday celebration.
  3. Falls in late March or early April on Gregarian calendar.

Add a comment February 25, 2008

Moharram

  1. Muharram is so called because it was unlawful to fight during this month; the word is derived from the word ‘haram’ meaning forbidden.
  2. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year, Muharram moves from year to year when compared with the Gregorian calendar.
  3. It is held to be the most sacred of all the months, excluding Ramadan. Some Muslims fast during these days.
  4. Fasting differs among the Muslim groupings; mainstream Shia Muslims stop eating and drinking during sunlight hours but do not fast until the evening. Sunni Muslims also fast during Muharram and on either the ninth or the eleventh day, the choice of which additional day being at the discretion of the individual.

Add a comment February 25, 2008

Ratha saptami

  1. Comes on the 7th day of the bright half of the Magh month.
  2. Sun is worshipped on this day. The sun is imagined to be a chariot drawn by seven horses, which represent the seven colours of the rainbow. The charioteer, Arun, has his feet deformed. Arun means the dawn.
  3. For the munj (thread) ceremony the boy is made to stand facing the sun, and the priest makes the following prayer, Oh Sun, this is your student. Protect him, and give him a long life. After the munj ceremony every day in the evening the Gayatri mantra must be recited.
  4. In the country of Kamboj there was a king named Yashovarma. He was a religious minded ruler, arid happiness prevailed in his kingdom. But the king had become old and had no children. He prayed to God to give him a son. Finally God heard his prayer and the king got a son. But the son was very sickly. All remedies were tried but the boy would not be cured.

    One day a Muni named Vinit came to the palace. He was a very learned Muni and knew the three times (‘tricalgnani’), which means that he knew the past, the present, and the future. So the king asked the Muni when his son would get alright. Muni Vinit remained with his eyes closed for a while. Then he said to the king, ‘Your son is sick because in his previous life he was very rich, but never gave any alms and used his wealth for himself only.’

    King Yashovarma asked, ‘If he was a sinner, how is it that he was born the son of a king?’

    Muni Vinit replied, Yes, he was a sinner in his previous life. But once with his eyes he saw the ‘puja’ (worship) of Rath Saptami. With this he acquired the merit needed to be born of a royal family.

    So, will not his sickness disappear by a similar act of merit? King Yashovarma eagerly asked.

    Yes, make him observe the vow of Rath Saptami and his sickness will completely disappear.

    Then Mimi Vinit gave the king information about Rath Saptami and by the merit of this vow the King’s son was liberated from his disease.

Add a comment February 25, 2008

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