Holi in India – History, Mythologies, Legends & Beyond (part 2)

Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh Krishna’s birthplace certainly has some cranky celebrations. In Vrindavan, the holi festival begins with a traditional puja of worshipping Lord Krishna in the end of winter, on Vasant Panchami. Coming to the quirky part, Matki Phod, a historical tradition where an earthen pot filled with butter is hung high by a rope, is celebrated. Group of men forming pyramids climb on each other’s shoulders to attempt to break the pot while women distract them by throwing colors. The festival lasts 16 days with live Raas-leelas of Krishna in some temples. Basanta Utsav, Shantiniketan, West Bengal […]

Holi in India – History, Mythologies, Legends & Beyond (part 1)

In India, Holi is the time of the year which raises a toast to the diversity of the country. Holi festival has glorious past aging back to the Puranas. A very long time ago, it was told in the books of Purana, Hiranyakashipu that the demonic King of asuras earned a boon which gave him 5 magical powers. He can’t be killed by any human or any animal, whether at day or night, by Astra or Shastra, indoors or outdoors, and finally, on land, air, or water. However, his son Prahlada, who was a devotee of Vishnu, was against his […]

India at the Olympics

  It is the 1900 Paris Olympics when India was first represented in the Summer Games. Norman Pritchard, the only representative from India, was able to win two silver medals, one in the 200-meter hurdles and one in the men’s 200-meters. Olympic historians agreed to award the medals of Pritchard to India in spite of the country’s lack of independence at the time. India firstly sent a team to represent them officially in 1920 and since then, they have been in every Summer Olympics in spite of the fact that the Indian Olympic Association was not established until1927. In the […]

All About Beads and Indian Bead Jewelry (part 3)

  Tribal beads The tribal beads are mostly made with natural materials like iron, wood, ivory, and even animal bones and teeth. These beads are usually enameled in different hues by using natural colors and then beautified by using various carving styles with sharp animal teeth, metal wires, and knives. Sometimes chunks of metals such as copper, silver, or brass are embellished with semi-precious and precious stones to create the tribal jewels. The strings for these beads are made by using fine strips of leather, animal hair, and other natural threads. Meenakari beads The process of making traditional meenakari bead […]

Sports in India

India has a great sports tradition which is greatly influenced by the presence of the British in the 18th and 19th century. It is undoubted that cricket is the most popular sports in India, however, in such a populous country, there are many other sports which are played by a lot of people. India is one of the largest countries in the world when it comes to both the area and the population. India is also one of the few countries having retained their indigenous games’ popularity among their people. There are some Indian games like kabaddi, gilli-danda, kho kho, […]

All About Beads and Indian Bead Jewelry (part 2)

Lac beads India is also famous for its beautiful lac beads. They are made by the secretion of small insects which live in trees. The material to make lac beads is collected manually, washed, powdered, and then heated to form a malleable clay-like substance which can be colored, shaped, and glued to the other surfaces. Clay, silver, and terracotta beads, as well as soapstone, bone, and carved wooden beads, are all made manually by hand and designed from simple geometric shapes to intricate geometrical ones. Lampwork beads are the main section of the bead exports of India, with a variety […]

All About Beads and Indian Bead Jewelry (part 1)

The traditional beads of India cover a wide range of materials, styles, and treatment processes – from hand-carved wooden beads to tiny glass seed ones. India’s bead art is said to be 5000 years old and dates back to Indus valley civilization when people made beads out of gold, silver, ivory, clay, and even wood. India is among the largest bead producers all around the world. The glass beads we use nowadays were not found in India until 1700 and were only available in the kingdom of Saurashtra. With new tools in the modern industry, the artisans have the ability […]

The Most Popular Indian Dishes

Do you have any favorite dishes that you usually order at an Indian restaurant? You can learn how to cook them yourself at home and enjoy that spicy taste whenever you want. From palak paneer to tandoori chicken, the recipes are quite easy if you have some essential ingredients found in Indian cuisine. Butter Chicken  Butter chicken is so delicious that it is one of the most ordered dishes at any Indian restaurant in the West. This poultry dish tastes so well with naan, kaali daal (black lentils), and a green salad. The best thing about this recipe is that […]

5 reasons why India should be your next holiday destination

India is a beautiful and bamboozling place, an endlessly fascinating country that is always surprising. Visiting India is an assault on the senses because sights, sounds, smells, and sensations are all experienced at the highest level here. In order to mark the 71st anniversary of Indian independence, here are a few good excuses for a visit. It’s cheap India is one of the top countries in the world with “price competitiveness” for travelers. In addition, a recent drop in the value of the rupee means a trip to India is even cheaper than usual right now. You can get around […]

4 Unique Customs and Traditions of India

Indian culture is something that very diverse and unique. Indian culture is full of unique customs and traditions, which make outsiders really intrigued. These are 4 interesting customs and traditions of India. The Namaste The Namaste is considered as the most popular Indian customs, which is one of the five forms of traditional greetings mentioned in the ancient Hindu scriptures, the Vedas. The word “Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you. Therefore, Namaste means “I bow to you.” To perform Namaste, we put the hands together at the heart chakra, close the eyes, and bow the head. […]