Harvest Festivals in the East

By Chaitra Somasundar, Staff Writer Makar Sankranti, also known as the kite-flying festival is celebrated on January 15th of every year and is one of the most popular winter harvest festivals celebrated across India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Many Indians believe that the Sun ends its southward journey at the Tropic of Capricorn (known as […]

Holi Thunderbird!

By Deepali Ramaiah and Kate Stout “Khele Holi Hum Tere Sang!” For anyone in the dark about Holi, it is a celebration to welcome the season of Spring as well as the commencement of the  harvest season. Holi normally occurs on the day of the full moon in March. It is the apt opportunity to break […]

The Beautiful Festival of Lights

By Sneha Balasubramaniam The word “Diwali” is a contraction of “Deepavali”, originating from the Sanskrit word Dīpāvalī which can be translated to “Row of Lights”. Hence the Diwali Festival is also called the “Festival of Lights”. Diwali is the name for the festival in North-India. In South-India the festival is called “Deepavali”. Diwali celebrates the […]