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Archive for July, 2009

National Indian Calendar Posted by on Jul 30, 2009

The Gregorian calendar is used alongside the national Indian calendar. Like the solar calendar, the Indian calendar has tweleve months. There used to be dozens and dozens of Indian calendars all centered around each region’s religious festivals. Luckily, now there is only one standard Indian calendar. I have the Indian month which corresponds to a…

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Indian Solar Calendar Posted by on Jul 27, 2009

Indians have various calendars. 1) There’s a solar calendar or Gregorian calendar 2) There’s the national lunar calendar used alongside with the Gregorian calendar 3) There’s also a special calendar for religious feasts. For now, let’s look at the Gregorian calendar. Keep in mind that all three calendars have different dates set aside for the…

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Rath Yatra Posted by on Jul 24, 2009

Rath Yatra is a famous celebration held every summer in India. Rath (रथ) means chariot and Yatra (यात्रा) means procession. Rath Yatra is celebrated in the city of Puri in the state of Orissa. On Rath Yatra, all three deities are paraded throughout the city for Darshan (दर्शन) or for public worship. The deities are, Jagannath…

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Guru Puurnimaa Posted by on Jul 21, 2009

Towards the end of the month, a festival called Guru Puurnimaa (गुरु पूर्णिमा) is celebrated in parts of India. This is a day where students offer puja (पूजा) or worship to their teacher or guru (गुरु). A puja (पूजा) is a religious ceremony performed by Hindus. It’s thought that by performing this ceremony, the student…

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Extended Family Words Posted by on Jul 18, 2009

The vocabulary of the last post dealt with the immediate family, but as you know, Hindi families can be quite extensive. Today’s vocab will cover the extended family members. Grandfather (on father’s side) – दादा (daadaa) Grandmother (on father’s side) – दादी (daadi) Grandfather (on mother’s side) – नाना (naanaa) Grandmother (on mother’s side) –…

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