Monday, January 26, 2009


Wish you a very Happy Republic Day wishes....

Hello All,

I wish you and your family, friends, near and dear........

A very Happy and Honoring Republic Day wishes (26/01/09).

The Republic Day of India is a national holiday of India to mark the adoption of the Constitution of India and the transition of India from a British Dominion to a republic on January 26, 1950. It is one of the three national holidays (Republic Day/Jan 26, Independence Day/Aug 15 and Gandhi Jayanti/Oct 2) in India. Although India obtained its independence on August 15, 1947, the Constitution of India came into effect only on January 26, 1950. During the transition period from 1947 to 1950, King George VI was the head of country. Dr. C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji) served as the Governor-General of India during this period. Following January 26, 1950, Dr. Rajendra Prasad was elected as the president of India.

To mark the importance of this occasion, every year a grand parade is held in the capital, New Delhi, from the Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's Palace), along the Rajpath, past India Gate and on to the historic Red Fort. The different regiments of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force march past in all their finery and official decorations. The President of India who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, takes the salute. Parades demonstrating the cultures of the various states and regions of India are also held and broadcast nationwide on television. The parade also includes vibrant displays and floats and traditionally ends with a fly-past by Indian Air Force jets in a Tri-color (Tiranga) formation.

Celebrations are also held in state capitals, where the governor of the state unfurls the national flag. If the Governor of the state is unwell, or is unavailable for some reason, the Chief Minister of the state assumes the honor of unfurling the National Flag of India. India hosts another Head of State (President or Prime Minister of another Country) as the chief guest on this day marking the strategic importance of the association of that nation with India.

Happy Republic Day
Happy Republic Day
Happy Republic Day


It is also ‘Australia Day’ today (26/01). Australia Day, also known as Anniversary Day, Foundation Day and Invasion Day, is the official national day of Australia and has been an official public holiday since 1994. Celebrated annually on 26th January, the day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, marking the start of British colonisation of Australia. Australia Day is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia, and is marked by the Order of Australia and Australian of the Year awards, along with an address from the Prime Minister. Records of the celebration of Australia Day date back to 1808, with Governor Lachlan Macquarie having held the first official celebration of Australia Day in 1818.

On 13th May 1787, a fleet of 11 ships, which came to be known as the First Fleet, was sent by the British Admiralty from England to Australia. Under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip, the fleet sought to establish a penal colony at Botany Bay on the coast of New South Wales, which had been explored by Captain James Cook in 1770. The fleet was at anchor in Sydney Cove by 26th January 1788 and the flag was raised in the name of King George III. People observe Family meetings, parades, citizenship ceremonies as Australia Day celebrations and conduct functions across the country.

Many many happy returns of the day.

All the best and take care….

With thanks, regards and best wishes,

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Wish you a very Happy Sankranthi Day wishes....

Hello All,

I wish you and your family, friends, near and dear........

A very happy, colourful and joyful bhogi, sankranti/pongal/lohri, kanuma wishes (14/01/09).

Sankranthi, or Makara Sankranti is a festival that signifies the beginning of the harvest season for the farmers of Indian Sub-Continent. This is a harvest festival celebrated not only all over India but other South East Asian Countries as well. Makara Sankranti has special geo-agri-economical significance to people of Indian Sub-Continent. Makara Sankranti is about transition of Sun into Capricorn on its celestial path (Sankranti in Sanskrit means transition). This is significant considering Winter Solstice (either of the two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator) marking gradual increase of duration of day.

The day on which the sun begins its journey northwards is referred to as Makara Sankranti. Sankramana means "to commence movement" and hence the name Makara Sankranti given to one of the largest, most auspicious, but varied festivals in the Indian subcontinent. It usually falls in the middle of January (Jan 14th). Because of the geography and size of India, this festival is celebrated for innumerable reasons depending on the climate, agricultural environment, cultural background and position in the context of north or south of India. Makara Sankranti is also to honour, worship and to pay respect to the word mother, Saraswati Maata (Goddess of Knowledge). At the start of this significant event, there is also worship for the departed ancestors. The period is also considered an ideal time for aspirants to satisfy "the goals of life".

Sankranthi is a three day festival in general. The first day of festival is Bhogi. At dawn people light up a bonfire with several old articles in their house. The second day is Sankranti, the big festival, when everyone wears new clothes and pray to their favourite God by offering them sweets. The third day is Kanuma, which is also considered a major part of sankranti lacking the pompousness associated with makara, is celebrated by cleaning and praying the equipment used by the household ranging from weapons to utensils. Very significant however, the day preceding Makara Sankranti, called Bhogi is when people discard old and derelict things and concentrate on new things causing change or transformation. Sweets in generous quantities are prepared and distributed. Very important though, cooking is done by women on this occasion. Families are joined together for this occasion without fail. Brothers pay special tribute to their married sisters by giving gifts as affirmation of their filial love. The landlord gives gifts of food, clothes and money to their workforce. On the day after Makara Sankranti, known as Kanuma, the animal kingdom is remembered and in particular, the cows. Young girls feed the animals, birds and fishes as a symbol of sharing.

Makara Sankranthi also happens to be the day on which Bhishma, the grand sire of Pandavas and Kauravas from the epic Mahabharata voluntarily left his mortal coil. Sankranti is celebrated all over Southeast Asia with some regional variations and different names but with same significance and great devotion. In North India it is called Lohri/Maghi (Punjab & HP), in Eastern India it is called Bihu/Bhogali Bihu (Assam & Bihar), in Western India it is called Uttarayan (Gujarat & Rajasthan) and in South India it is called Makara Sankranti (AP)/Sankranthi (Karnataka)/Pongal (Tamilnadu)/Makara Vilakku (Kerala).

It is celebrated in almost every village with adventurous games in South India. Whether it is the cock fights in Andhra Pradesh, Bull fighting in Tamil Nadu or Elephant Mela in Kerala, there is huge amount of betting done however, the so called tradition continues to play a major role in the festival. Another notable feature of the festival in South India is the Haridas who moves around asking for rice and wishing luck to the household. Rangoli competitions too are a common sight. The entire month from mid-December to Sankranthi is celebrated with giant rangolis in front of the house which are drawn only at late night for the entire month. For all other days of the year, rangoli is typically drawn in mornings only. Every village and town in the province is decorated with drawings. The colorful drawings or Rangoli (also known as Muggu), are usually found in front of the houses. Woman enjoy making these drawings and every day/year they try to outdo themselves. Flying kites is another important part of the festival. There is even a competition of kite flying. In the rural and coastal areas, cock fights are held and is a prominent event of the festival.

Many Melas or fairs are held on Makara Sankranti the most famous being the Kumbh Mela, held once in every 12 years at one of four holy locations, namely Haridwar, Prayag/Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik and the Magh Mela (or mini-Kumbh Mela held annually at Prayag) and the Gangasagar Mela (held at the head of the Ganges River, where it flows into the Bay of Bengal). Makara Sankranti is celebrated in Kerala at Sabarimala where the Makara Jyothi is visible followed by the Makara Vilakku celebrations. Makara Sankranti is the day when the Sun God begins his ascendancy and entry into the Northern Hemisphere. Sun for Hindus stands for Pratyaksha Brahman - the manifest God, who symbolizes, the one, non-dual, self-effulgent, glorious divinity blessing one and all tirelessly. Sun is the one who transcends time and also the one who rotates the proverbial wheel of time. The famous Gayatri Mantra, which is chanted everyday by every faithful Hindu, is directed to Sun God to bless them with intelligence and wisdom. Sun not only represents God but also stands for an embodiment of knowledge and wisdom. Thus, this event becomes an important spiritual, religious and cultural event in India.

Many many happy returns of the days.

All the best and take care….

With thanks, regards and best wishes,

Thursday, January 01, 2009


Wish you a very Happy New Year 2009 wishes....

Hello All,

I wish you and your family, friends, near and dear........

A very happy, prosperous, joyful and successful new year (2009) wishes.

Every year on January 1st (01/01) an year comes and an year goes. But, what does a leaving year have to say… here goes.

I was Born in January
Felt things in February
Dealt Marching in March
Tasted an Apple in April

And Many more in May
Heard Ploy and Juno in June
Spread Joy and Jolly in July
Learnt to core, the Acting in August

Burnt the floor, with Steps in September
Got raves in waves of Octaves in October
Sensed the Nascent to follow in November
Tensed with the Destiny to be in December

Even so, passed on the baton in a happy tear;
From this, once a new year to the coming year;
Praying to God for a gleeful life without any fear,
Let there be pals all around with no sword & spear,
Wishing “Happies – Again” to all, the near and dear,
Stating “Have Peace – A gain”, left like ‘the Last Lear’…

When things become ‘unfortunate’ from ‘fortunate’; life becomes ‘f__’ from ‘fun’… and we need to make it ‘funfilled’ from ‘unfilled’…. with a little confidence and subtle smile.

Many many happy returns of the YEAR.

All the best and take care….

With thanks, regards and best wishes,

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