Harvest Festival

  • Nation celebrates Makar Sankranti, Pongal January 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Two major harvest festivals, Makar Sankranti and Pongal are being celebrated across the country on Tuesday. While it is known as Makar Sankranti in northern regions of India, down South, the festival is celebrated by the name Pongal in Tamil Nadu. Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of the...
  • Onam eve sees rocketing flower prices August 27, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: On the eve of Kerala's biggest festival Onam, prices of flowers have shot up as making floral carpets is the most striking feature of the harvest festival. Kerala depends largely on neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu for flowers such as gomphrena ('Vadamalli' in local parlance), crossandra (Kanakambaram), marigold (jamanthi), chrysanthemum...
  • Maha Kumbh: Has the God industry destroyed spirituality? January 14, 2010

    The Maha Kumbh mela begins from January 14 in Haridwar. The Kumbh is noted for its spectacular religiosity and massive crowds. Over 30 million people are supposed to have gathered for the Maha Kumbh in 2001. The Kumbh, also noted for its Orientalist imagery levitating yogis, naked naga babas, snake charmers,...
  • Mahakumbh Mela begins January 14, 2010

    Haridwar: To the resonating sound of Vedic hymns, conch shells, cymbals and temple bells, the first snan, or holy dip, of the Mahakumbh Mela at Haridwar began in the early hours of January 14, the day when India celebrated the Makara Sankranti. Thousands of pilgrims from India, and across the...
  • Harvest Hungama: India celebrates the harvest season January 15, 2009

    New Delhi: It's Pongal in Tamil Nadu and Makar Sankranti in many other parts of the country. Here is a look at the Harvest Hungama from all over India. ...
  • Watch: Festivities across the country to mark the harvest season January 13, 2009

    Pongal, Sankranti and Bihu celebrations across the country, lakhs of Tamilians across the globe begin their three-day Pongal celebrations on Wednesday. A good Monsoon and a good crop have brought cheer to the people of Tamil Nadu. Pongal is traditionally celebrated with colourful Rangoli and a grand feast. ...
  • Punjab, Haryana celebrate Baisakhi April 13, 2007

    New Delhi: It's time for the harvest festival Baisakhi in Punjab and Haryana, the nation's food bowl. The festival marks the coming of the New Year. People throng Gurudwaras, where special readings from the Guru Granth Sahib are organised, on this day. The festival falls on April 13 and 14...