Today, 22 January 2018 is this year’s Saraswati Puja – the worship of the Goddess of Learning , a festival of young and children – especially the school goers. Every locality will have many celebrations organised by local groups. Here are some in our locality.
Mehendi is an age-old tradition. No festival or important social event is complete with out this. Women in the family get this ornamentally designed tattoo done on their palms. Now a days Mehendi is an important event during a marriage ceremony, which draws its name from this design, wherein women in the family or even invitees gather together for a day long function to get mehendi done on their palms, and, the function ends with a gala lunch of dinner. Mehendi artists are called in who very skill-fully do their job on the palms of a large number of women.
Mehendi is in fact a form of leaves. These leaves are crushed and made into a paste adding a few drops of oil. Then this paste is filled in a paper cone. With a gentle push on the cone the thin layer of the paste comes out from narrow end of the cone. One has to wait a few hours to allow the paste to dry up. Once dry, and after a good splash of water …. Lo behold, the nice reddish orange coloured floral designs appear on the palm. You are now ready for the show !
DURGA PUJA is the grand carnival held every year around September/October in Kolkata. It is indeed a gala public event arranged in many localities in the city and outskirts. Rijul Venkat has sent us these beautiful photographs for Indiphoto. Many thanks … happy clicking !
Mother Teresa to be canonized on September 4, 2016, Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican on that day.
It is time to share the joy ….. from the City of Joy of which Mother is very much a part.
******* It was 1971, the Bangladesh Liberation War was on, as a result a large number of people were taking a refuge in the areas bordering West Bengal and of course Kolkata too was a place which took a large intake of people coming across the border. Relief work was just on and there were relief camps set up in many parts. Those days some of us were involved with a University Student Organisation called SCM and we thought of doing something to support the relief efforts . Our steward Rev. Donald was a very able person and always ready to second any idea…
Ghatsila is a small town in Jharkhand in India. Every year around this time of the year a Fair is held in open air called Mina Bazar. There is a lot of colourful lighting and children come in large numbers to this fair. This photos are sent by Prabir Sarkar from Ghatsila two days ago.