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Japan Tori no Ichi Festival

Tori no Ichi Japan Festival

‘Tori no Ichi’, famous annual festival held in November, on ‘Tori’ [Rooster] day, in Chinese calendar. This event has continued to today since Edo period. ‘Tori no Ichi’ is held at Temple of ‘Tori’ [Juzaisan Chokoku-ji] in Asakusa, Tokyo. Also, this is held at various shrines of Washi [Eagle] where many visit. They pray for good health, good fortune and ...

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Korea Chu’sok | Korea Chuseok

Chuseok Korean Thanks giving Day

In Korea, meaning of ‘Chu Suk’ is best described as ‘Bountiful Abundance’. During this festival, all Koreans are very carefree, happy and joyful. ‘Chu’sok’ is Korean thanksgiving festival. Koreans gather to commemorate their ancestors and honour their memories and spend with families. Harvest moon festival is on 15th day of the 8th lunar month on 24th September. Early morning Koreans ...

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Harvest Festival International Names

Harvest Festival International Names

India is mainly land of agriculture so the harvest festival is observed. Festival is celebrated in different regions, under different names, with different rituals, in different parts of India. There are many harvest festivals celebrated here. Festival is celebrated all over India on the same day. However, there is a different name associated with festival in each region. Common feature ...

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Pongal Celebrations in European Countries

Pongal Celebrations in European Countries

‘Pongal’ in Europe: Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark: Britain has over 300,000 Tamils. France has over 60,000 Tamils from Pondicherry. Germany has over 50,000 Tamils and over half of them were refugees from Sri Lanka. Italy has about 25,000 Tamils, and Switzerland has about 40,000 Tamils. Denmark has over 7,000 Tamils, majority were refugees. There are two well patronised ...

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Pongal Celebration in Oceania

Pongal Celebration in Oceania

‘Pongal’ In Oceania: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji: Australia has a population of over 18 million. There are about 30,000 Tamils spread over six states. Concentration is mainly in states of New South Wales and Victoria. New Zealand has about 3,000 Tamils. Most of them are professionals who have migrated on their own. In Fiji, there are 350,000 Indians and out ...

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Pongal Celebration in the Gulf

Pongal Celebration in the Gulf

‘Pongal’ in the Gulf: Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait: Bahrain is home for over 7,000 Tamils who are mostly professionals and workers. Qatar is also home for about 4,000 Tamils mostly from Tamil Nadu. In December 2000, Qatar Tamil Sangam was inaugurated for conducting Tamil cultural programmes. The organisation taught teachings of Thirukkural. Also, the organisation conducted Tamil ...

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Pongal in South East Asia

Pongal in South East Asia

Pongal in South East Asia: Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar and others. Since Tamils live in different countries of South East Asia, ‘Pongal’ festival is very popular. Indonesia has about 2,000 to 10,000 Tamils. Singapore has about 200,000 Tamils who constitute third main cultural group. Malaysia has 1,060,000 Tamils. Tamil population of Myanmar [Burma] was 200,000 at one time. The Tamil ...

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Pongal Celebration around the World

Pongal Festival Celebration - Sankranti

Harvest festival, ‘Pongal’, is celebrated with enthusiasm by all Indians living all over the World. Tamils living abroad practise their cultural values throughout significant festivals. Interestingly, younger generation of Tamils who live abroad come forward to contribute to harvest festival. Although there are various contributions in ‘Pongal’, Tamil Diasporas maintain and nurture cultural distinctiveness. ‘Pongal’ for Tamils Abroad: In modern ...

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Hadaga Festival in Maharashtra

Hadaga Festival

‘Hadaga’ festival of Maharashtra is for praying for good monsoon hence abundant harvest. Since God Indra is god of rain, people sing to Indra hoping for rain. Pictures of elephants, Indra’s vehicle, are drawn everywhere to invite God Indra. The festival of ‘Makar Sankranti’ is marked by kite-flying in the sky. Entire sky is converted to a showcase of colourful ...

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About Poki Festival | About Bhogi Festival

Bhogi Festival

‘Bhogi’ on first day of four days long ‘Pongal’ festival is called ‘Poki’ by many. On this day, people worship Lord Indra, Hindu mythological God of Rain. People express their gratitude for good harvest and rainfall. It is because of this reason some people know ‘Poki’ Festival as ‘Indran’. ‘Poki’ day is meant for domestic activities. Also, day is spent ...

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