We have the boon of a year-long festival season, allowing you numerous opportunities to visit your native: you may be a young boy, waiting to see if your first love condemns you to fraternal frustration during Rakhi; you may affectionately bid someone Ramadan Kareem! and feast after fasting; on Xmas you may eat too much dukra mass; or, you may stand with mouth agape during a Diwali mela, watching the tamasha on stage while your nemesis taunts you with pataka items. The point being, there's no paucity of divine reasons to take chutti, whether you're a God-fearing sort of person or not. So relax and pass around some laddus. If your emdee complains, point with reverence to the skies and remind him that God only knows.
( Ayyo Rama! why do you make me mingle with this useless fellows?)
e.g. walking bare-foot to the Temple, fasting, shaving ones hair bald, poking / piercing sharp metal objects into ones skin, self-flagellation etc
(How is the exam prepration comming along?)
Mani: Koil-iku nadandhu varran-inu venduthal, God will do the rest.
(I have promised to walk to the temple, God will do the rest).
Typically performed only during religious ceremonies, many in India, now show aarthi (sic) to almost anything that they believe is sacred, at the start of any endeavour to brings them luck or joy, specific days of the year, helps them earn a living or when public display of affected venerance is expected or demanded. This is also done to take nazar or drishti away from you, to get rid of any bad-luck that someone jealous has kannu-potu-(fied) on you.
Many Indians show aarthi (sic) to;
- Vehicles (esp) when they have recently purchased it or annually on Ayudha Pooja day, presumably because these help them to travel to earn a living
- Plant and machinery (as in any industrial, farming or factory implement)
- Computers and accounts books
- Movie Cameras (during muhurat)
- Houses, buildings etc (when breaking ground) and during annual (designated) auspicious days
- Various gods and goddesses
Purohit (Priest): Lo Beta, Bhagvan ka aishirwad lo.
Beta (Son): No thanks, I'm an atheist...what bhakvas.
(Bhak-vas - nonsense)
Thambi: No man. I forgot to adjust my sacred thread after my morning puja. It is coming in the way.
Ambi: So why don't you adjust it now?
Thambi: What? In front of all these people? They'll make fun of me.
Although it is similar to the Spanish running of the bulls, in Jallikattu, the bull is not killed and the 'matadors' try to ride the bull or take off a pennant from the bulls horns. More often that not it is the tamilian "matador" who is injured. A specific breed of cattle is bred for this purpose and the bull is supposed to be naturally aggressive.
Several movies featuring Jallikattu have been made in Tamil. The most popular among them is Murattu Kalai starring Rajinikanth who plays the role of a professional bull tamer. Virumaandi, released in 2004, has kamal Hassan playing a similiar role and he is also known to have acted without stunt doubles.
Universally across the country such ghosts are given that name in almost all languages making this lovely sounding label nearly unavailable to beautiful and living ladies.
In addition to ghosts, the name is quite comfortably assigned to bars and restaurants, movies, item girls,fancy stores,and men like that name given to all excepting especially their spouses instead preferring to call them Kali.
The female ghost's extra-long canines, white attire and hairdo is archetypical and no description is necessary for another 100 years.
Terms referencing thisChandramukhi
This harvest festival goes by many names in different parts of the subcontinent, and in each region it is celebrated with distinct rituals and traditions. (See Wikipedia for details of customs followed in various states on this day) The most famous image of Makar Sankranti has come to be the thousands of colourful kites that are flown by Gujaratis all over Gujarat to mark the occassion.
Etymology : 'Makar' refers to the zodiac sign of Capricorn. Thus, Makar Sankranti denotes the changing path of the sun into the house of Capricorn.
Friends and family gather around after dusk and watch as the fire is lit (after pouring copious amounts of ghee on the wood to be burnt), and then proceed to alternatively snack on and throw in food items such as Til waali rewri (jaggery with sesame seeds), peanuts, and more recently, popcorn. The idea is to feed yourself and to feed the fire as well, dispelling the deep winter chill. In recent years the tradition has become popular outside of Punjab as well and entire neighbourhoods in cities like New Delhi organise giant bonfires on this day. Singing and dancing the bhangda and the giddha form an intrinsic part of the day's celebrations for the farming community of Punjab, who consider this an auspicious day.
It is believed that the night of Lohri is the longest night in the entire year, and the next day the amount of daylight starts to increase for the first time after the cold, unforgiving North Indian winter - heralding the distant arrival of spring in the coming months. Therefore Lohri signifies the end of the darkest part of the year and the coming of warmer seasons. This is why, on the day after Lohri (which coincides with the festival of Makar Sankrant), a special kara prasad is prepared in Punjabi households.
"Everyone, gather around and let's start the fire, it's already quite late. You, come here and start pouring ghee on those sticks and light it up. You, get the hand held fan and help him start the blaze.You! Here are the plates of food, pass them around
*counts them as she goes*
two with peanuts ..... one with rewari ...... two with chiwda ....Wait a minute!!!
*staring at the empty plates in her hands*
WHO ATE UP ALL THE POPCORN????"
RegionPunjab, New Delhi
- A sacred stone representing Shiva suspended on threads across the chest, worn by Lingayats/Veerasaivas of India.
- Sexual organ.
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(Bro, don't want sir. If it wasn't halal cut, I can't eat meat at his place. No probs with fish, Allah only has done the halal cut while creating fish--referring to the slit for the fish's gills--