For a lot of Delhiites, Diwali is incomplete without visiting one of the Diwali melas in the city. These fairs are one stop destination for gifts shopping, buying home decor, festival binging and to just soak in festivities of the season. We have grouped together a guide for the most famous diwali melas in town… from timings to nearest metro station to what to eat. Our way of saying Happy Diwali in advance. Cheers.
The festival of lights or Diwali 2020 is around the corner. Perhaps the largest Indian festival, Diwali is celebrated not only throughout the length and breadth of India but by Hindu diaspora across the globe. Wearing Diwali traditional dresses, many outsiders would also participate in this happy festival. Some standard Diwali traditions are followed everywhere. But there are many other forms of celebrating Diwali in India. Diwali is celebrated as Kali Puja in West Bengal and that is a fun occasion too.
Durga Puja is the largest festival of Bengal. It is inherently a community celebration and people...
If we look at the Indian calendar, almost every day is a festival. Every region has its favourites and one of the main festivals of India is Onam. This festival comprises music, boat race and the Kerala special Sadhya meal. Onam celebrations in Delhi are an old tradition. In fact, Sadhya meal is served at various South Indian restaurants during the festivals of Onam or Vishu.
Dilli ki Diwali by the Delhi Government was a community celebration of Diwali, at Connaught Place. The aim was to promote a pollution free Diwali in Delhi. Like all Diwali Mela in Delhi, the event had food, shopping and music. The star attraction was the mega laser show at CP which was expected to set the Diwali skies ablaze without harmful smoke.
The second part of the Gregorian calendar is a prolonged festival season in India. Sometimes the same festival is celebrated in different ways in different parts of the country. The upcoming Durga Puja and Navaratri are apt examples. Some feast to glory while others have to satisfy themselves with the simple Vrat ki Thali.
Dastkar is back at Dilli Haat, INA with the 33rd edition of the annual Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazar from 1st to 15th January 2019. They have partnered with Indonesia for the event. Given the current New Year chill, it is definitely a to-do of the season. Here is our first impression of the event.
North East Festival in Delhi brings North East India’s food, music, culture, art and handicraft – all under one roof at IGNCA this weekend. Entry Free.
We were in Kolkata for a week to celebrate Durga Puja. Durga Puja is hectic and we needed a break from the celebration. This made us look for an alternative activity. West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation organises a host of tours in and around the city as well as all over the state. We went online and opted for an evening ferry tour on the Ganga.
Time flies and we are at the threshold of another Diwali. And another round of shopping for Diwali gits. But can there be a break from Sohan papdis – Frootis – dry fruits? We list out certain unique things that are not only attractive as gifts but are easy on the pockets.
Durga Puja in its Bengali form is well-known throughout the country now. There are more than a thousand Durga Pujas held in Delhi NCR. However, the Durga Puja flavour in Calcutta is different. It is very larger than life and can be over whelming. Yet it is a must-do and here is why.
It is that time of the year – Ramzan fasting and feasting is on in full swing. We love the inclusiveness about Indian festivals – all you gotto do is step out. We recently stepped out for our annual ritual and are still burping with happiness.
The Habitat Film Festival (HFF) has just started. It is happening during 17th to 27th May 2018 at multiple audis in India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. This festival has been happening since many years now and we look forward to this event for a reason. HIFF aims to bring the best of cinema from Pan Indian film industries for Delhi NCR audience.
Rabindranath Tagore’s birthday, Rabindra Jayanti, is being celebrated all over the country through his songs, poetry and other literary works. We attend Rabindra Jayanti in New Delhi every year. But this year we did it differently. We visited Tagore’s birth place Jorasanko in Kolkata.
The Grub Fest was slotted between 6-8 April, 2018 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The ever surging footfall bears testimony to the popularity of this event among Delhiites. Great food – engaging entertainment – cooly done up fair ground – we have seen all this at the Grub earlier. But then there was a certain power this time which humbled us and we bow to that.