Monthly Archives: August 2013

Happy Janmashtami – Celebrations of Lord Krishna’s birth


In India, Janamashtmi, or the birth of Lord Krishna is a very popular and auspicious festival.
Festivities begin before dawn and extend all day until midnight, the moment of Lord Krishna’s appearance.

Events include singing the Lord’s name (Kirtan) and prayer. Devotees cook a feast of a large number of dishes, while others perform drama and dance. Some clothe and decorate the deity of Krishna, and string enormous flower garlands and other decorations for the temple. Incense burns, scriptures are read, and some observe fast all day.
The deities are also bathed with a variety of auspicious oils and liquids in a ceremony called abhisheka, which is performed with great pomp. Finally, at midnight, priests pull apart the curtains to reveal the freshly dressed deity of Krishna on a creatively festooned and colored altar. The excitement builds, and a rousing kirtan ensues.

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Thanks, Thomas – We love having you with us !


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Happy Raksha Bandhan !


This is India’s way of celebrating love between sisters and brothers. The sister ties a beautiful “Rakhi” about her brother’s wrist with her love and blessings, and the brother, in turn, pledges his love and protection to her and showers her with gifts.

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Happy Independence Day !


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I’m a lover of my own liberty, and so I would do nothing to restrict yours.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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Eid Mubarak


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May the noor of this EID

illuminate your heart, mind, soul

and may all your prayers be answered.

EID MUBARAK

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Happy Friendship Day !


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Sometimes in life, you find a special friend.
Someone who changes your life just by being part of it.
Someone who makes you believe that there really is good in the world.
Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it.
And if you find such a friend, you have a Forever Friend,
and Friendship Forever.

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