बिहारी होली .. फगुआ !!

फगुआ मतलब फागुन, होली। बिहारका फगुआ जम कर मौज मस्ती करने का पर्व है। जब मैं बिहारी होली की बात करता हूँ तो उसका मतलब बिहार की चौहद्दी से नहीं है । बनारस से उत्तर की तरफ गोरखपुर होते हुये अगर नेपाल की सीमा तक जायें और वहाँ से पूरब मुड़कर सीतामढ़ी, और फिर दक्षिण की … Continue reading बिहारी होली .. फगुआ !!

Makar Sankranti : Rituals, celebration and significance.

Makar Sankranti is famous for its sesame sweets and kite flying. But there is much more to this festival that is a celebration of the Winter Solstice. Sankranti literally means movement. Let's look at the significance of this festival of movement, and know how it is based on a profound understanding of cosmic and human … Continue reading Makar Sankranti : Rituals, celebration and significance.

The hypocrisy of “Happy Diwali BUT No Fireworks”!

Hello friends! Diwali is here. So is the Green-Diwali campaign. The usual suspects and the  #SayNoToCrackers brigade are out again to teach us how to celebrate our age-old festivals. All seems normal. Last year, the Supreme Court had temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi till Diwali saying that the ban on firecrackers in Delhi would be … Continue reading The hypocrisy of “Happy Diwali BUT No Fireworks”!

Chhath Puja (छठ पर्व, सुर्य षष्ठी)

Missing my mother today, mai as we call her in Bhojpuri. Mai resides in Jamshedpur (part of erstwhile Bihar, now in Jharkhand) and even after much dissuasion she has not stopped performing chhatth puja though not in the best of her health for the last 3-4 years. She is now in her 70th year observing chhath at my brother's place in … Continue reading Chhath Puja (छठ पर्व, सुर्य षष्ठी)