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Deliver a festive lecture and win a prize! Closing date: 22nd March 2019.
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    It's time again for a classroom lecture contest

    This month we have a wonderful festival coming up, which is Holi. Before this festive occasion colors our mind and body, here is another classroom lecture contest to tease your mind and soul. The following are some guidelines regarding this contest in which everyone can participate.

    1: You will have to write a classroom lecture on any of the festive occasions of India, celebrated in different parts of India. This occasion should be any but not the one coming up this month which is Holi. In fact, if you can come up with a festival that is celebrated in any part of India, but is lesser known by the common people, will be very intriguing and informative for us.

    2: You must include the word "color" in it in any way that suits your lecture.

    3: The minimum number of words for the lecture is 200 and the maximum is 350. No need to give a title to the lecture. However, before writing the lecture, you should mention the festival you have chosen. This will not be included in the word count.

    4: Submit the entries in this thread itself. However, refrain from commenting on other's entries.

    5: The last date of entry is 22nd March. Any entry after this date will be considered invalid.
    Only contest entries to be given in this thread.

    The participants should keep in mind that they would be submitting a lecture in a classroom and hence should be one which would hold the interest of the students and therefore it is not same as the content of a creative writing contest.

    There will be four prizes given to 4 entries that are the best of the lot. The prizes are as follows:
    First prize 150cc and points.
    Second prize 100cc and points.
    Third prize 75 cc and points.
    Fourth prize 50 cc and points.
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  • #660564
    (I am hereby submitting my lecture on Sohrai festival celebrated by the Santhal community.)


    India is a land of diversity. People of different caste, creed and community live in this great land. Every community celebrates its own festival. There are thousands of festivals in this country. It is not possible to know about all these festivals.

    Today we will know about Sohrai festival of the Santhal community. This festival is a harvesting festival. Sohrai is celebrated at the beginning of the winter harvest. Earlier this festival was celebrated for five long days, but, with the passage of time, the Santhals generally celebrate it for three days. The date of the festival is finalized by the 'Gaonburha' (the village headman). In this festival, the people of the Santhal community pay respect to their God 'Marang Buru', who had blessed them with a good harvest.

    During Sohrai festival, the Santhal people visit their relatives and partake delicious food items. However, there is another important characteristic of this festival. This is known as Sohrai wall art.

    On the eve of the Sohrai festival, Santhal women decorate their mud homes beautifully with different colours using twigs or palms of their hands. This distinctive art is a matriarchial tradition and is passed on from mother to daughter. If we visit Santhal homes during and immediately after the Sohrai festival, we will be astonished by the intricacy as well as simplicity of Sohrai art.

    I hope all of you have learnt about an important festival of our Santhal brethren and will try to visit Santhal villages during or after the Sohrai festival to enjoy the colourful art of these colourful people.

    Come on, have a fight. Don't shoot and scoot.

  • #660568
    (The "color" of traditional songs during marriages.)

    Good morning friends & let me tell you all that it feels good to have seeing you all occupying with all the benches here. Few of you have come after a gap & few seem are excited again for the upcoming festival of Holi in which they must have planned to spend this with their family members & friends but in the meantime I am thinking of something else. What's up when we pick-up something which is not a big one but at the same time few of our festivals & celebrations doesn't get end-up without this. Yes, I am referring to the traditional songs being taking place during the marriages, more especially in the villages or in the rural areas. In one of my recent experiences I witnessed few of the ladies who were busy with some traditional songs while the other members were busy with the other arrangements. We have many big festivals but listening to those songs were unique in itself which consisted of blessings for the couples using only the traditions instruments like the "Dholak". This continued till the "vidai ceremony" & each of those were full of emotional feelings mixed-up with the prayers & blessings which boosted the energies of the volunteers.

    I have grown-up in a modern lifestyle but in the meantime finding myself duped when compared with those rituals & traditions which can be defined as the true virtues of our Indian culture but have been escaping because of the increasing presence of some alien cultures.

    So friends, not the least but I would intend to go for your experiences as well which we can be settled during our next sessions. My intentions here are to make ourselves aware of our cultures that once part of our proud cultures but is now evident of downtrend.

  • #660584
    (The color of Sammakka and Saralamma's valor)

    Good evening students. How was the busy local commute to here? Was your bus flooding with carbon dioxide and dust? When talking history, we always mention great cities. We mention castles, wars and monuments that great rulers of cities built. But India is a country that had an equal tribal culture and their glory is equally magnificent. When Warangal was ruled by the great Kakatiya rulers, a voice growled in the jungles. The Koya tribesmen found a girl child playing amidst tigers in a jungle around 13th century AD. The chief took this fearless, gifted child, named her Sammakka and raised her as his daughter. Jungle and humans obeyed her orders always. Sammakka birthed a daughter just like her in attitude and valor. She was Saralamma. She birthed a brilliant son called Jampanna. The tribes of Koya couldn't pay tribute to the Kakatiyas one year due to a severe drought. Angered by this, Kakatiya king sends an army to crush the Koyas. Though they fought with valor, Saralamma and Jampanna succumbed to their wounds. Sammakka too enters the war, wrecks the enemy forces but eventually withdraws because of her injuries. Kakatiyas impressed by her valor offer her peace and ask her to be a part of king's harem. Sammakka not only neglects them but curses them. Kakatiya dynasty falls because of the said curse. Sammakka turns to her people and assures that she would reappear to them in future and save them from chaos. Since then, not only the Koyas, but people from different states gather in Medaram to celebrate the fair of Sammakka and Saralamma, a fair second only to Kumbh Mela. The fair lasts for four days, where women from different states bring symbols of femininity such as bangles, vermilion and jaggery to the goddesses. The devotees pray to the altar that is located where the goddesses were last found.

    This vermilion color in this festival signifies, valor and chastity of the goddesses. It is a celebration of the story where women from a remote tribe roared at one of the greatest empires in India.

    The stronger a light shines the darker are the shadows around it.

  • #660831
    ( I am giving the importance of Nagala Chavithi festival that is being performed in Andhra Pradesh)

    Good Morning Students,
    Hope you all enjoyed the Deepavali festival yesterday. In our State of Andhra Pradesh, we will be celebrating many festivals.
    Can anybody tell me about the next festival for us in our State?
    Nagula Chavithi is the next festival we are all going to celebrate. The festival will be on the fourth day after Deepavali.
    Why Lord Shiva's neck was in a blue colour.
    Demons and Gods agitated the ocean of Milk to get the nectar. For agitating the ocean they used a snake as a rope. During this process, Poison appeared. Lord Shiva swallowed it and kept in his neck. That is why Lord Shiva's neck is in Blue colour. During this process, some drops of Poison are fallen on the ground. To avoid the evil effects of poison, the practice of worshipping the Serpent God has started on Suddha Chavithi of Kartika Masam.
    On this day, all people will perform Pooja to the Serpent Gods. On this day people will take head bath and make a small idol of Naga Devatha in the house and perform Pooja. Some people will go to the Putta (Snake Burrow) and perform Pooja there. They offer turmeric with cow milk to the serpents on that day.

    Lord Shiva will have a snake in his neck. Lord Vishnu uses the snake as his bed. Lord Vinayaka uses a snake as Yagjnopaveetham (Sacred thread). Lord Subrahmanya is of Naga Swarupa only.
    This serpent God is having very good importance in Hindu mythology.
    There is another reason also for this festival. During winter snakes will come out from their places and eat rats which will spoil the crops. Thus by killing the rats, the serpents are helping mankind in protecting their crops. All the people try to show their gratitude to these serpents by performing Pooja and offering Prasad on this day, The couples who are not having children will be blessed with children if they perform Pooja to the snake Gods on this day.
    So children all of you take part in the festival and get the blessings of the Serpent God.

    always confident

  • #660834
    Phool Dei – A festival of flowers
    Good morning all the students, so with the new month, you all will be watching changes around you in all the plants, leaves and flowers. Do you know in our very unique country India there are many unique and diverse festival? One such unique festival even to celebrate this occasion i.e, coming of the new season and changes in nature.
    With the coming of the spring season as the flowers begin to bloom, new leaves and the nature is filled with so many colours. Providing a view which is a delight to the eyes of the spectator.
    To welcome this beauty spread all around and pay reverence to the gods thanking and praying for a good harvest. The Festival is celebrated in many parts of Uttrakhand especially in the Kumoun region and known as Phool(flower)- Dei( a sweet thing mostly jaggery).
    It marks the beginning of the Hindu Month, Chaitra. All the young kids with much enthusiasm get ready in the morning and pluck so many flowers of various kinds and colours. Taking these flowers and rice with them they Visit every household in the locality uttering few blessing in the local language " Phool Dei, Chamma Dei, Deno Dwar bhar Bhakar, VoDei Sei Namashkar, puje dwar" which to some extent means- blessing the family that their storage of grain will remain full, best wishes for well being of family, asking for sweets in form of jaggery. These Children place flowers and rice at the doorsteps and threshold of every house they visit and in a way decorating it.
    Also, every household gives them jaggery, gifts, rice, more flowers, sweets and money as a gift. People in locality also celebrate the festival with enthusiasm singing folk songs with these children and local folk singers often accompanies with these children.
    It is a beautiful, peaceful and harvest festival celebrating the beauty of nature, changing of the season and welcoming the new season. Wishing for prosperity and well being of everyone and preserving the culture through folk songs filled with blessings and best wishes.

    "It is hardest thing in the world to be good thinker without being a good self examiner"

  • #660840
    (Sindur Khela- the festival of red color)
    Hello everyone!
    How are you all? Preparing for Durga Puja! Yeah, big sound… Great!
    So, how many of you know about the "Sindur Khela"- a festival celebrated by married women in Bengal?
    Ohh, many of you do not know, then let me explain about this beautiful festival of red color.
    Sindur Khela or Vermillion game is celebrated on the last day of Durga Puja that is Vijayadashami. In this beautiful festival of red color, the married ladies smear each other with sindur. Before playing with each other, they apply sindur on the forehead and feet of goddess Durga. On this day, the women get dressed in white sarees with red borders and love to wear traditional jewelry. During the celebration, after putting sindur on the feet if Goddess Durga, they also put sindur on shankha, noa and pala. These are the three types of bangles that signify the status of a married Bengali woman. This festival emphasizes the power of woman and red color. As per the old belief, it is said that if a married woman plays sindur Khela, her husband will never die or she will never be widowed.
    It signifies the power of women to protect their family. Although, traditionally this sindur Khela is only allowed for married women and not for unmarried girls and widows but changes are taking place and at some places, it is open for all females including transgender females.
    Just like many other festivals, it also has some exceptions at some places where it is celebrated before Vijayadashami. Ladies enjoy sindur Khela on Mahasaptami.
    If we talk about its history, there are different views and beliefs regarding its origin. But in general, it is considered as old as Durga Puja or around 400 years old.
    So, now you all are well occupied with the knowledge about Sindur Khela. So, enjoy this either by playing or by witnessing the same.
    Happy Durga to all!!!


    Living & Learning- simultaneous processes!

  • #660862
    (Donkeys decorated with colors and ornaments for trading - Vautha Fair Festival of Gujarat)

    Good Morning, sit-down all.
    Listen here, the topic for our today's class is about one of the Indian fair festival.
    All are ready? Stand up – Sit down, Stand up – Sit down,
    Ok, now we start the class.
    Can you guess which festival is it I am going to brief you? Oh, a number of colorful festivals are coming to your mind, right?
    Now I tell you, it is Vautha Fair festival, something different than other color festivals.
    Have you ever heard about this Vautha fair and the importance of this event? When and where this Vautha Fair festival celebrated? Well, in this session while I brief about this festival, you will get the answers to above questions.

    Vautha is a village situated in Dolka taluka of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Vautha fair is organised in Vautha village where two rivers namely the Sabarmati and the Vatrak meet. This festival is the largest animal trade fair conducted in Gujarat every year in the month of November (as per Hindu calendar on the full moon of Kartik month). During this fair, thousands of colorfully painted and ornamented donkeys are brought for trading. This fair festival last for five days with variety of handcrafts, food/sweets selling stalls, amusement park etc, make the site totally colorful.

    Religiously some of the communities give more importance to this fair festival than Diwali for the reason that Vautha village, where this colourful fair festival celebrate, is the place where seven holy river water mixes (Saptasangam). It is believed that one who takes bath in this holy river on Kartik Purnima, the full moon night, will be removed from all his/her sins. It is also believed that Kartika, Son of Lord Shiva during his trip to cover the entire earth, he stopped at this junction where the seven rivers meet.

    As this Vautha fair festival keeps both economical as well as mythological importance, thousands of tourists and farmers, labourers, from several communities and castes visit here during these five days.

    This is about Vautha Fair. See you again in next session with a new topic.

  • #660893
    (lecture on Vasant Panchami - a festival during the onset of spring)

    Dear Students,
    Today I will be telling you about the Vasant Panchami festival which is observed in our country in many states although in slightly varying ways.

    This festival is known as Basant Panchami also in some of the places. In our hindu calendar system there is a month of 'Magh' which corresponds to the January/February of the Gregorian calendar and it is on the fifth day of this moth (Panchami) that this festival is celebrated.

    This festival is observed during the onset of spring season and mythologically is also the day of the birth of Goddess Saraswati. As we all know that Goddess Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge and learning so this day is of much significance to all of us.

    In northern part of the country this festival is observed by worshipping the Goddess Saraswati. Particularly in Bihar state it is celebrated as harvest season while in Punjab it is observed as kite festival. Some of the educational institutes hold Saraswati puja on this occasion. In Southern states generally puja to Goddess Saraswati is offered in the temples.

    The theme of this festival is yellow colour which signifies the onset of spring. In some parts of the Northern India especially the hilly states, the ladies will give yellow handkerchief to their brothers and cousins to celebrated the occasion in their own unique ways.

    So dear students, remember that Vasant Panchami is a festival in honour of Goddess Saraswati and yellow is the theme colour of this festival.

    Knowledge is power.

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