Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi

vakratunda mahākāya, surya koti sama prabha, nirvighnam kurū me deva, sarvakāryeshu sarvadā Decorated houses, crowded streets, loud music, and lighted skyscrapers are only few of the things you see as millions prepare to welcome their beloved Shrī Ganesh. From...
Navratri

Navratri

Good over evil, love over hate: these are universal messages understood by any person of any religion and race. Navratri has just passed, the celebration of how the almighty Maa Durga defeated all the evil in the universe when Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the...
Onam Ashamsakal!

Onam Ashamsakal!

Onam is the biggest festival celebrated by Hindus in the Southern state of Kerala. It falls in the first month of the Malayalam calendar, Chingam, which is usually August-September time. It reminisces Kerala’s agrarian past and so is referred to as the harvest...
World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

Key facts Over 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. For every suicide there are many more people who attempt suicide every year. A prior suicide attempt is the single most important risk factor for suicide in the general population. Suicide is the second...
Paryushan

Paryushan

Paryushan, the festival of forgiveness, is an eight-day celebration observed by Jains around the world. The word Paryushan is formed of two parts; ‘Pary’ which means ‘to come together from all directions and ‘ushan’ which means ‘to stay near the real self – the...
Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti

As the sun transitions from Sagittarius to Capricorn, this change of the most prominent star in our constellation is known as Makar Sankranti and is celebrated throughout India and Nepal. With this festival comes Spring; a season of new life, hope and fresh...