Sunday, 2 March 2014

GK Questions on Holi

Q1.Holi is the main festival of
Q2.Holi is also known as
Q3.In which place the famous "Lath maar holi" is played ?
Q4.By which name Holi is known as in Orissa ?
Q5.The day when people throw scented powder and perfume at each other is known as
Q6.In South India, Holika Dahan is known as
Q7.In which hindu month, Holi is celebrated ?
Q8.Holi celebrates the beginning of the new season called ?
Q10.The earliest textual reference to the celebration of Holi is found in
Q11.In Holi, the bonfires are lit at night to signify the burning of
Q12.In the past, people used to make Holi colours from flowers. Which flower was used ?
Q13.Sikhs celebrate holi by showing their phycal strengh and power in
Q14.Prahalad, who escaped fire in which holika burnt , was the devotte of which God ?
Q15.In Bengal, Holi is known as
Q16.In Holika Dahan, the bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young
Q17.Holi is celebrated on
 

Questions and Answers:

Q1.Holi is the main festival of
A. Hindus

Q2.Holi is also known as
A. Festival of colors

Q3.In which place the famous "Lath maar holi" is played ?
A. Barsana

Q4.By which name Holi is known as in Orissa ?
A. Dolajata

Q5.The day when people throw scented powder and perfume at each other is known as
A. Dhulendi

Q6.In South India, Holika Dahan is known as
A. Kama Dahanam

Q7.In which hindu month, Holi is celebrated ?
A. Phalguna

Q8.Holi celebrates the beginning of the new season called ?
A. Spring

Q10.The earliest textual reference to the celebration of Holi is found in
A. 7th century

Q11.In Holi, the bonfires are lit at night to signify the burning of
A. Holika

Q12.In the past, people used to make Holi colours from flowers. Which flower was used ?
A. Flame of the forest

Q13.Sikhs celebrate holi by showing their phycal strengh and power in
A. Hola Mohalla

Q14.Prahalad, who escaped fire in which holika burnt , was the devotte of which God ?
A. Vishnu

Q15.In Bengal, Holi is known as
A. Dol Jatra

Q16.In Holika Dahan, the bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young
A. Prahlad

Q17.Holi is celebrated on
A. Full moon day



Holi Essay for grown ups

Holi is known as a festival of colours, fun and frolic. It is a festival of the Hindus. It usually comes in March. It is celebrated with gaiety in North India. Of late the South is also catching up with the North in celebrating this festival of colours.
There are different stories about the importance of the festival. It is said that at one stage a demon by name Tarakasura conquered all 'Lokas or worlds' including heaven and was teasing the 'Devas'. It became necessary for the Devas to pray to Lord Siva to bring forth a person who could conquer Taraka. But Lord Siva was in deep 'Tapas'. He was not showing any interest towards Parvati, who was devotedly serving him with a desire to marry. Then the 'Devas' requested 'Manmadha, the God of Love' to help them and disturb the 'Tapas' of Lord Siva. He shot his flower arrows at Lord Siva which disturbed his meditation. Lord Siva got angry and burnt 'Manmada' to ashes by opening his third eye. But the arrow had its effect and Siva had to love Parvati and Kartikeya was born, who later killed Tarakasura. The bonfire raisd on the festive occasion is to represent the 'Kamadahana' by Lord Siva.
Another story is about Prahlada who was a devotee of Lord Vishnu, a bitter enemy of Asuras. So Hiranya Kasipu, the father of Prahlada entrusts Prahlada to his sister Halika to burn the boy alive. But in that attempt Halika gets burnt and Prahlada is saved. The bonfire is said to be a symbol of Halika's death.
Some others connect the colour festival to Rasalila of Lord Krishna with Gopikas. Whatever may be the story behind Holi, the bonfire symbolises burning of evil for the sake of good. The Holi day is full of fun and frolic. All men and women, boys and girls and children join in the sprinkling of colours. Differences are forgotten. Enmity does not find a place. All are friends. Even old people join the fun. They use Abir and Gulal.
Till noon the singing and dancing go on with no restrictions whatsoever. Buckets of colour water are sprinkled. Youngsters play till they are completely drenched in colour. Even dignitaries like ministers including the Prime Minister and the President partake in the fun. Satire, irony and abuse are freely used with no offence. The mirth is over by noon. After a rich meal of special dishes people go to meet their friends and relations., The evening bonfires are lit in some places. During the previous night people dance around the fire and make merry.
It is not a festival of colours but also a festival of unity and friendship. All barriers like caste, creed, position, and language are forgotten and men and women join the fun.

Holi Essay for kids

Holi Essay (for kids)


Holi Essay

Colours, gujiyas and fun...I love Holi so much
Holi happens to be my favourite festival. I particularly enjoy the colour part of it. I keep stocks of every colour but red happens to be my favourite. The other ones specially, the purple is one I hate to use on Holi. It never goes and makes one look so bad. 

I also enjoy preparing gujiyas with my mother and sisters. My mother keep frying them in the pan, while we sisters do the rolling, cutting and filling part of it. My favourite job is to do the filling which gives me a chance to keep stealing the tasty khoya which is full of dry fruits. Eating the gujiyas - piping hot just as they come out of pan is the other most cherished moment of the festival.

I also take care to keep my preparation for the festival ready. Like choose some old and faded jeans and a shirt I am bored off besides taking care of the oiling and creaming part of it. Otherwise, the aftermath of the Holi festival could be extremely tiresome. 

I have also had a bad experience after Holi once when I got so much engrossed in playing with the colour that I became to late to get a bath and the water tank got exhausted. I had to wait for hours drenched in the water before the water supply was restored. It was a very painful lesson that I learnt - take a bath on time.

I particularly enjoy the festival in the company of friends and relatives, i.e. when there are lot of people to be coloured. The excitement is unmatched when everybody loves the festival as much as you do.



A memorable Holi
Oh what fun we had on the Holi that year. The tradition followed was digging the lawn generating some mud, throwing some buckets of water and then the prey. So, it was a very earthy kind of Holi that we played that year in the hostel. The good part was that the prey was asked get the buckets herself.

Then everybody decided that we have grown up enough to have our first doze of bhang. A thandai was prepared, somebody had stored a little milk from the morning breakfast. There was one very enthusiastic girl who sneaked in the maximum share. High on the spirit of the festival we had the mandatory dance on the Rang Barse bheege chunar wali....

Meanwhile, one who stole maximum share, sat under the sun and started waiting for the bhang to give her some kick. She kept cribbing for about half an hour..nothing is happening..nothing is happening...

After some time she suddenly started laughing and did not stopped even after repeated attempts to stop her from doing so. Her body started aching but she could not control her laughter. Then all of a sudden she started crying and then again could not stop... She got the kind of high she never expected. 

Although I can't remember her name, I can't forget what fun we had at her expense. I owe a big thank you to her for making that Holi so memorable in my life.



Holi-The festival of love and joy 
Holi is a festival of colours which generally falls on a full moon in March.. It is also a festival of love and unity and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. The festival is celebrated with lot of pomp in north India. 

Holi is celebrated with vibrant colours - these colour are actually colours of joy, colours of love and colours that fill our life with happiness to the core of our hearts. It adorns each life with its various hues.

There are many legends given as the reasons for celebrating holi. Long ago there was a king named Hiranyakashyapu, he had a son, Prahlad - a holy spirit and highly devoted to God. But Prahlad's devotion enraged Hiranyakashyapu and he planned to kill his own son. He asked her sister Holika, who was immune to fire, to sit in fire taking Prahlad in her lap. Fortunately Prahlad, who was blessed by Lord, was saved and Holika was burnt to ashes. This gave birth to the festival of holi.

Another legend speaks of the everlasting love between Radha and Krishna. The legend is celebrated with great pomp and show. 

All hearts are lighted with glory and people everywhere enjoy with their near and dear ones with different colours. People also throw water balloons on each other and on passer-by too. Many are also drenched in coloured water. Hours pass by throwing colours on each other and it seems as if it's just the start of the day. 

It's a festival of gaiety but then there are few who make this festival, a festival of evil. They do this by infuriating the strangers by forcefully throwing colours on them; some use colours that are difficult to remove and unsafe for skin and health. Many take it as a day of drinking alcohol but we should not forget that Holi is a festival of triumph of good over evil. We must try to wash away all the evils in our hearts along with the colours and allow the colour of love to stay there forever and ever. This is the true spirit of Holi.



Time for renewal
Holi is a time to rejuvenate. The significance of holi festival has crossed many pages in history to arrive here, as a time to celebrate renewal. Every festival has its own traditions in the backdrop, but what really matters is the spirit of festivity. 

Colours speak louder than words at times. Holi goes beyond the custom of smearing colours on each other. It crosses the realm of traditional customs to reach new dimensions of the renewal and spirit. It's a time to create new bonds, reach out to others and forget the past worries.

Every year I embrace the occasion with growing enthusiasm that bridges over my colourful childhood memories, to reach me today, as a festival to celebrate. Besides exchanging sweets, colours and well-wishes, there is something more to it that I adore; It is the spirit of unity, friendship and a will to forget the past and let the present take over our lives. This is what makes it my favorite festival.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

GK Questions on Christmas (25 December)

Q1. How many points does a star have ?
Q2. On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Q3. A period of forty days of penance & fasting commemorating Jesus's fasting in the wilderness is
Q4. Which British Group had 3 British Christmas Number Ones in the 1990's ?
Q5. On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Q6. What is traditional hung on the outside of doors at Christmas Time ?
Q7. What gives Advocate its distinctive yellow color ?
Q8. The four weeks before Christmas are known as
Q9. Which band are known for their hit I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday ?
Q10. Which letter is general used to abbreviate Christmas ?

Questions and Answers on Christmas

Q1. How many points does a star have ?
A) 5

Q2. On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me
A) 6 Geese A Laying

Thursday, 14 November 2013

50 Greatest Festivals in the World

This is the guide to the best and most interesting festivals in the world, organized by date to help you plan your travels accordingly. From hot air balloons to water fights, this list has it all. Many of the dates are variable, so be sure to check online to find out the specific dates for your festivals! 

  

January

1- Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, China: January 5- February 5

People build incredible things out of ice and snow, decorating them with lights and lasers.

2- Chinese New Year: Between January 21 & February 20

The biggest Chinese holiday, with dragons, fireworks, symbolic clothing, flowers, lanterns, and celebration, everywhere in China, and even in other Asian countries.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Guru Nanak Gurpurab

Guru Nanak Gurpurab also known as Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism. Apart from Sikhs, the Nanakpanthi Hindus and other followers of Guru Nanak's philosophy also celebrate this festival.The festivities in the Sikh religion revolve around the anniversaries of the 10 Sikh Gurus. These Gurus were responsible for shaping the beliefs of the Sikhs. Their birthdays, known as Gurpurab (or Gurpurb), are occasions for celebration and prayer among the Sikhs. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, was born on 15 April 1469 in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present Shekhupura District of Pakistan, now Nankana Sahib. His birth is celebrated on Kartik Poornima, i.e., the day of the full moon in the month of Kartik. In the Gregorian Calendar, the celebration usually falls in the month of November, but its date varies from year to year, based on the traditional dates of the Indian calendar.Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, Pakistan, The birthplace of Guru Nanak ji. 

Saturday, 9 November 2013

The most corrupt party in the world

I was browsing and found one post in the #Facebook. It was surprising though I tried it. I searched "The most corrupt party in the world" on Google page and I found to my surprise that #Congress name "Indian National Congress" came out in #Google search result.

I was thinking Google sab janta hai(Google Knows everything). Check out the screen shot below.