The harvest festival of South India, Pongal is dedicated to the Sun God, the Surya, marking the end of winter Solstice and the start of the Sun’s six-month-long journey of Uttarayan. The festival is named after the ceremonial ‘Pongal’ which is a traditional dish prepared from the new harvest of rice boiled in milk with… Continue reading Pongal
Festivals in India are mainly a day to socialize and symbolize togetherness and joyfulness. Makar Sankranti is regarded as important for spiritual practices and is a day dedicated to the Lord Sun. It marks the Sun’s transit into Makara (Capricorn) marking the end of winter solstice and beginning of longer days. It is considered auspicious… Continue reading Makarsankranti
Talk of Lohri and what you will picturise are exuberant Punjabi folks in their bright costumes and turbans/dupattas dancing bhangra to the tunes of traditional songs. Sarson da saag and makki ki roti, til nu chawal and gajak gur ki; a paradise for all foodies! A bonfire and merry and laughter, loud music and even… Continue reading Lohri
The garment which defines the sensuality of a woman in the new yards of magnificence and perseverance of the weavers does not deserve a standing ovation. It is the grace of a saree that brings out the poise and allure of the wearer in a way that she is not only confident of herself but… Continue reading Grace and culture shook hands
Christmas is around the corner and yes, we all have been getting the feel of jingling bells, festive tingles and the cities decked in the flavour of celebration. North India reeling under intense cold wave would probably won’t even be surprised if they spot reindeers on a sledge! Yes, it’s that cold! By now you… Continue reading A happy and prosperous New Year 2020!
Love is the most beautiful feeling in the universe and loving one’s own self comes first. This reminds one of dialogue by Kareena Kapoor from the movie, “Jab We Met,” where she says with pride; “Main apni favourite hoon.” Isn’t it imperative that we all think likewise? Nobody can be perfect both in terms of… Continue reading Body Positivity
The Indian Wedding rituals span over several ‘rasmo-rivaaz’, each having a significance of its own. From Haldi ceremony to Sangeet, then the wedding day and finally Reception celebrations are all important occasions to rejoice and enjoy. Let us take a quick peek into these rituals and their connotations. Haldi – Traditionally, a paste of Haldi… Continue reading Wedding series
India is a culturally rich country with the widespread popularity of how zealously we guard our strong heritage. We not only take pride in our roots but go to great length to pursue the beauty of traditionalism in whichever ways possible. This is so evident when you look around at the crowd anywhere in India,… Continue reading Importance of traditional marriage rituals in India.
With the advent of wedding season, it is the glamour of the occasion that lights life with joy and anticipation. More so when there is a wedding in the family or friend circle, the event becomes a looking-forward to the celebration. There is so much to be done and always very little time in the… Continue reading Wedding season has finally arrived
Handloom fabrics are essentially fabrics that are woven by hand on a manually- operated loom, with the most commonly used one being the pit loom. This is an age-old traditional craft that is now a booming industry in the fashion arena. The handloom industry involves a community that has been practicing an artisanal skill or… Continue reading Handlooms – a regal choice