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Independence Day Celebration 18 August, Shivnibas

August 21, 2013 6 comments

Independence Day Celebration, 18 August

Shivnibas (Shivniwas), Nadia, West Bengal, India

Join me on a tour of Shivnibas on 18 August 2017. Contact Alinda Barbhan of Let us Go at +919831020400

Independence Day Celebration 18 August!!!! Its not a typo but result of a cartographic error made by Sir Cyril Radcliffe 66 years ago.

Boat Race on Churni River, Independence Day Celebration (18 Aug) , Shivnibas, Nadia

Boat Race on Churni River, Independence Day Celebration (18 Aug), Shivnibas, Nadia

It was 15 August 1947 and Independence of India, but the independence came with the horrors of partitions, forming the two new domains of India and Pakistan.

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Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival, Chinese All Souls’ Day

August 14, 2013 5 comments

Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival

Chinese Equivalent of the All Souls’ Day

Also see: My blog post on Calcutta (Kolkata) Chinatown

The gates of Hell have opened and the ghost are out to dine on the exotic feast laid out in makeshift tables in front of their horse – shoe shaped graves. Its the the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival, the Chinese version of the all souls’ day.

Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival, Choong Ye Thong Cemetery, Tangra (New Chinatown), Calcutta (Kolkata)

Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival, Choong Ye Thong Cemetery, Tangra (New Chinatown), Calcutta (Kolkata)

According to ancient Chinese tradition the seventh month of the Chinese calender is known as the Ghost Month. The gates of Hell are said to be open through out the month. Ghosts and spirits are said to roam the earth looking out for food and entertainment.

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Eid – ul – Fitr Namaz (Prayer), Calcutta (Kolkata)

August 7, 2013 4 comments

Eid – ul – Fitr Namaz (Prayer)

Nakhoda Masjid and Red Road (Maidan), Calcutta (Kolkata)

“Islam has always been an urban faith, ill at ease with the wilderness; its civilization has always flourished most successfully in the labyrinths of the ancient bazar towns of the East. Certainly there can be no doubt that Islam looks at its most impressive in a great urban cathedral mosque, especially on an occasion like Id.”

William Dalrymple, City of Djinns

Eid - ul - Fitr, Nakhoda Masjid (Mosque), Calcutta (Kolkata)

Eid – ul – Fitr, Nakhoda Masjid (Mosque), Calcutta (Kolkata)

Eid – ul – Fitr, also known as the “Feast of Breaking the Fast” is an important Islamic festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. This is a day when Muslims around the world try to show a common goal of unity.

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