Festival News 

History of Friendship Day

The tradition of celebrating Friendship Day began in 1935 when the US Congress decided to dedicate a day in the honor of friends. Though it is not known exactly what were the reasons that went into the making of this day, the retrospection of the world scenario of those times can lead us to an understanding. With the devastating effects of the First World War still showing and increasing hostilities, mistrust and hatred between countries providing the perfect conditions for another imminent battle, there was a greater need for friendship…

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Rakhi: The stories behind the festival

We may not have started a Mother’s Day or a Father’s Day, but Indians do have their share of celebrations of human relationships. Ushering in the festival season is the Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi as it is popularly known, on August 9, 2006. A festival that celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters, it has the sisters tying a thread around their brother’s wrist as a symbol of their love and in turn the brother pledges to protect his sister. Though usually seen more as a brother-sister festival, history has…

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