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5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KEEP IN MIND FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING…

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Christmas is approaching, homes are decorated, shops are filled with people buzzing and children singing Christmas songs. So people are busy shopping so I am going to give write on 5 things you should keep in mind while going for Christmas gift shopping-

  1. Make a list of people you have to give a gift according to age groups.
  2. Select shops where you are comfortable going and not the fancy ones.
  3. If you are planning to gift a gizmo to someone take a friend along with you who is you know a gizmo specialist.
  4. I would prefer one goes with someone of the other gender for shopping, for different point of views and well its easier to decide what to give to someone of the opposite gender. I mean if your a girl take a boy with you he might come in hand for deciding a gift for your brother and well for carrying stuff :p . Moreover the shopping date becomes more fun.
  5. If your planning in wrapping the gifts on your own, keep at least 4 days for that and also buy 5-6 extra gifts for emergency.

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”
~ (1919-), American writer, producer, humorist. ”
―     Andy Rooney

MERRY CHRITMAS!!

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5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND AN INDIAN WEDDING…

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I just came back from a big fat Indian wedding. So I came up with 5 reasons why you should attend an Indian wedding once in your life time. So here they are-

  1. An Indian wedding is very colourful. From the dresses to the decorations, everything. The bride wears a red or green lehenga (an Indian outfit) being the showstopper of the day. Every colour you can imagine of can be seen. So basically its a very colourful occasion.
  2. The FOOD!! Every Indian would agree with me on this point. One should attend an indian wedding just for the food. There is so much of variety, one is just not able to decide what to eat and what not to.
  3. There are many functions in an Indian wedding. There are about 6-7 different functions like engagement, teelak, etc.. So yeah it is very traditional and entertaining. One should attend all of the functions to get the Indian essence of it.
  4.  To get an idea for your own wedding, if you want a wedding of such type. Many Hollywood celebrities have tied the knot in a grand Indian wedding!
  5. Moreover its a one of a kind experience!

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5 FUN FACTS ON THANKSGIVING…

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As the festival THANKSGIVING is approaching I thought why not do a 5 fun facts about it, so here they are:-

  1. In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.
  2. Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He “pardons” it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.
  3. Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.  She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. Finally,  Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.
  4. In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
  5. The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.

The Thanksgivings

by Harriet Maxwell Converse

Translated from a traditional Iroquois prayer

We who are here present thank the Great Spirit that we are here
          to praise Him.
We thank Him that He has created men and women, and ordered
          that these beings shall always be living to multiply the earth.
We thank Him for making the earth and giving these beings its products
          to live on.
We thank Him for the water that comes out of the earth and runs
          for our lands.
We thank Him for all the animals on the earth.
We thank Him for certain timbers that grow and have fluids coming
          from them for us all.
We thank Him for the branches of the trees that grow shadows
          for our shelter.
We thank Him for the beings that come from the west, the thunder
          and lightning that water the earth.
We thank Him for the light which we call our oldest brother, the sun
          that works for our good.
We thank Him for all the fruits that grow on the trees and vines.
We thank Him for his goodness in making the forests, and thank
          all its trees.
We thank Him for the darkness that gives us rest, and for the kind Being
          of the darkness that gives us light, the moon.
We thank Him for the bright spots in the skies that give us signs,
          the stars.
We give Him thanks for our supporters, who had charge of our harvests.
We give thanks that the voice of the Great Spirit can still be heard
          through the words of Ga-ne-o-di-o.
We thank the Great Spirit that we have the privilege of this pleasant
          occasion.
We give thanks for the persons who can sing the Great Spirit's music,
          and hope they will be privileged to continue in his faith.
We thank the Great Spirit for all the persons who perform the ceremonies
          on this occasion.

– See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19276#sthash.M5HZ2M3h.dpuf

Hope you guys have an amazing holiday with your friends and family. Have Fun!

Happy Thanksgiving!! 🙂

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THE SIGNIFICANT DIYA

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A diya or an earthen lamp is synonymous to the festival of Deepavali or Diwali. But it is not just a mere earthen lamp it is much more.
The Diya symbolises knowledge. An ignorant person would often remain in dark and wouldn’t be able to keep a check on the events happening around him. It is only when he feels the need to gain some knowledge that he will realise the purpose of his existence. And hence in this case, a diya/jyot signifies the removal of ignorance through knowledge.
The oil in the diya represents the dirt (greed, jealousy, hatred, lust etc) that humans tend to nurture while the cotton wick is symbolic of the aatman (soul). So in order to attain enlightenment and unite with the Brahman (the supreme power), one must get rid of materialism. A diya emits light when the wick fuelled by oil burns.

The picture credits go to RUCHIR RAKESH. Hope you like it.
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DIWALI : The Festival of Lights

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Diwali is the festival of lights. It was the day when lord Ram came back to Ayodhya after many years. It signifies the victory of good over evil. The lights signify the internal purity of AATMA i.e. the purity of the soul. Hindus all around the world celebrate it with enthusiasm. Diyas i.e. candles are lighted, rangoli is made, crackers are burst and sweets are gifted to family and friends. People decorate their house by flowers and lights. It is a really beautiful sight. I must say it is the best time to visit India. Goddess LAXMI (goddess of wealth) & lord GANESH (god of auspicious beginnings ) are worshipped for a prosperous and safe year ahead. So a very HAPPY DIWALI!!

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