Qingming (Tomb Sweeping Day)
Tangra (New Chinatown), Kolkata
Also see: My blog post on Calcutta (Kolkata) Chinatown
Qingming or the Tomb Sweeping Day is held on the 15 th day after the spring equinox and normally falls on 5 or 6 April.
On this day the Chinese pay tribute to their ancestors by cleaning the tombs and offering elaborate food spread in front of the graves. It can be considered as the Chinese version of the All Souls’ Day.
Fanush Making Workshop, revival of a lost art
Bholanath Dham, Beadon Street, Kolkata
In recent years Fanush (ফানুস, also spelt as Phanush or Phanus) has become an integral part of Kolkata’s Kali Puja celebrations. With the fast spreading concept of noise less Diwali, the fanush or the Chinese Lanterns have taken the night skies, of Kolkata, in large numbers.
In recent years several Fanush Festivals are organized in different parts of the city, where thousand of sky lanterns have taken the skies. Although the Chinese Lanterns are making a rapid progress in the skies of Kolkata, but Fanush have been an integral part of North Kolkata culture for over a century.
Buddha Purnima Celebration at Fo Guang Shan Monastery
Tangra (New Chinatown) Kolkata
It was 21 May 2016 and the world celebrated the Buddha Purnima (Purnima means full moon), which marked the birth of Lord Buddha.
Strangely, even according to the lunar calendar, the birth of Lord Buddha is not constant and is celebrated on different days in different countries all over Asia.
Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) 2016
Literary Heritage Walk organized by Streets of Calcutta (SOC)
The 7th edition of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Fest (AKLF) kicked off with a Literary Heritage Walk of College Street area on 10 Jan. 2016.
The walk was organized by the Streets of Calcutta (SOC) and I was privileged enough to lead this walk.
Remembrance Sunday, St. John’s Church, Kolkata
November 8, 2015
The First World War (WWI), which was the known as the Great War of 1914 – 18, ended on 11 November 1918 (11/11/18).
A year later in 1919 King George V inaugurated the first commemoration of the end of the Great War of 1914 – 18. Read more…
Sachin Mukherjee’s Fanush 2015
Fanush Makers get together
Also see: My compilation on Fanush
Twinkle twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
The Star (Nursery Rhymes) by Jane Taylor
On the late evening of 29 November, a bright star was seen in the late afternoon sky above Belgachia (Milk Colony), in North Kolkata.
Fighting for Peace, Indian Navy Band in Concert 2015
Lascar Memorial, Kolkata
The music was mesmerizing and with the towering Lascar Memorial in the back drop it was a out of the world experience.
It was the Indian Navy Band in Concert 2015 along with the cultural programme Fighting for Peace at the historical Lascar Memorial Complex in Hastings, Kolkata.