BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 30: Revellers enjoy the atmosphere in tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 30, 2017 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 22,000 people threw 150 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Things got seriously messy at Spain's annual La Tomatina festival on Wednesday ― just as organizers hoped. Some 22,000 people pelted around 150 tons of ripe tomatoes at each other during the epic food...
It's usually held as a part of Pongal but is being held now due to the SC ban.
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The rare three-day celebration of poetry is a chance of a lifetime for Mumbai residents.
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The increasingly frequent blasts slicing the blanketed murmur of nature during this Diwali reminded me of what this festival has come to be equated with—noise. Not the pleasant kind, but the kin...
The HC in 2014 had ordered that the height of human pyramids should not exceed 20 feet and kids below 18 years should not be allowed to participate.
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One cannot simply ask Holi kab hai? without asking Kab hai Holi? Holi is the festival of colours. Like many other festivals in India, Holi also signifies a victory of good over evil. For the first ti...
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Holi is one of the most colourful and vibrant festivals of India. And while the bhang and gujiyas, the singing and dancing, the mischief and drenching in colours are great fun, the aftermath can sometimes be unpleasant, with some people left suffering from skin rashes, eye allergies and discoloration of hair.
Filmmaker Sudhanshu Saria’s debut feature, LOEV, has been selected to be a part of this year’s prestigious South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, scheduled to take place from March 11-19 in Austin,...
"We Indians are really good at feasting," says Vikram Doctor in this episode of The Real Food Podcast. The last few months for most of us in India are full of festivals and grand occasions. And, from...
For Calcutta, Christmas is an event where the city celebrates its centuries-old history and its multitudes of immigrant communities, cultures and religions in a manner that they retain their uniqueness, even as they blend, seamlessly, into one big celebration. It's an experience I've not witnessed with any other religious festival in India or anywhere else. It is this joy I share here with a set of pictures I took as I went around the city yesterday, enjoying its pre-Christmas celebration.
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Now that the festive lights have been packed away, it's time for a reality check. It's time to bid adieu to copious quantities of sugar and fats and welcome some real food in our lives. Your body wants to get back to normal and is probably screaming for a cleanse. Below are some simple steps you can use to get back on track. The best part is that you can use these clean eating habits any time of year.
Like the original, Sita's Diwali will also be celebrated with lamps. And, the lamps of Sita's Diwali will also symbolise the victory of truth over injustice. But it will be a different truth, and a different injustice. And it will be about a whole different victory. The protagonist of Sita's Diwali will, of course, be Sita. Not just because this is her story, but because Sita is the original "India's Daughter". She is one figure in Indian history and mythology whose life singularly encompasses the truth of Indian womanhood in its entirety.
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After having watched more than 20 films in less than week, with one more day to go, I’m kinda looking forward to a life beyond films. Y’know, one that involves lunch or a social life or more than five...
Diwali's just around the corner, and, for all card-playing lovers that means one thing - Teen Patti! This popular card game (often referred to as Indian poker) sees interesting additions to its set of...
It pays to be organised. This is as true at this year’s Mumbai Film Festival as it is anywhere else. I’m not nearly organised enough. It’s day 4 and I haven’t watched any of the biggies I recommended...
Film festivals are not for those with weak constitutions. This is especially true of MAMI, which after a point turns into a carousel of waiting in lines, frenetic taxi/rickshaw rides to other venues,...
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I ended my day 1 diary piece with the hope that Saturday would be a much better day at the movies, and it was. Seeking to avoid the long queues at the festival’s suburban venues, I chose to watch my f...
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There is a cultural explanation for Indian women's fixation on their husbands' long lives. Whether a man lives or dies ultimately defines how his wife is socially perceived and treated! A married woman is called Sumangala -- the fortunate one, the bringer of good luck. A widow, on the other hand is called Amangala -- the unfortunate one, the bringer of bad luck. The reverse logic does not apply to men.
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While some non-Bengali parents planned foreign vacations during this time of year, my parents wisely made it a point to make us experience every bit of the festival, year after year, in a manner no less than a Bengali would. My allegiance to the festival thus started.
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Come Navrati, and this Instagram message says it all: Brilliant use of the hashtag #raasrebellion by @nayan262! If you're a Rebel doing crazy things this Navratri then tag us in your photos for a...
The festival is more about coming together as a community, reveling in song, dance, art, food, and friendly banter, even with random strangers than about religion or devotion. The most important markers of Durga pujo, dhaaks (drums) and dhunuchi dance, are not religious, but Bengali cultural symbols that make the whole city gooseflesh together.
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My mother, amused by my strong dislike for the city, had commented that I sure will come back and might even have a lifelong connection with Calcutta. In the arrogance of my youth, I told her that could never happen and vowed never to return. As luck would have it, in just a few years, I was married to a certain Mr. Kar and in another few years owned a house there -- my mother had the last laugh.
RAIPUR — Amid the raging row over meat sale ban in Mumbai and some parts of Maharashtra and Rajasthan during 'Paryushan' festival of Jain community, the Chhattisgarh government has also ordered suspen...
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Kerala might have invented what could easily be termed the world's best pillow fight — at least that's what can be concurred from watching this video that shows the game being taken to a whole new lev...
This summer, give regular getaways a miss to witness the grand celebration of Nabakalebara in Puri, Orissa. This occasion, which usually takes place every 19 years (it was last celebrated in 1996), sends the temple town into a flurry of activity with the onset of summer. After all, this is the time that the presiding deities -- Lord Jagannath, Balbhadra, Subhadra and the Sudarshan (a weapon) -- get a fresh lease of life, quite literally.
Tagore conceived of the Utsav (festival in Bengali) as a celebration of diversity that included all. An Utsav for him represented a holistic celebration of human society, which presented an opportunity for aesthetic experience and creativity and, very importantly, appreciation of the gift of nature. These secular festivals continue to this day in Shantiniketan. However, nowhere does one find a truer, finer and grander expression of Tagore's original idea of an inclusive and artistic festival than in Bangladesh.