In Rajasthan's Ranoli village, Sikar district, a family allowed their daughter, Kritika Saini, to ride a horse to mark the pre-wedding ritual of 'Bandori' to promote gender equality in society. The incident was reported on November 29 and Saini also wore a sherwani, a pagdi. Reportedly, she is a fashion designer and had designed the sherwani by herself. Kritika got married to Manish Saini on December 1.
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The Hornbill festival has been started at Naga Heritage Village at Kisama in Nagaland on December 2. The festival is considered one of the largest indigenous festivals. During the occasion, Nagas showcase the uniqueness and diversity of their cultural identity in all its grandeur. ''It's a collaborative celebration of all Naga tribes...to promote all the Nagaland's indigenous tribes, their culture, and products to the world,'' said CM Neiphiu… read-more
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Taking a humanitarian step, the Madhya Pradesh government granted permission to a woman constable to undergo surgery for sex reassignment, informed State Home Minister Narottam Mishra. ''The woman constable was diagnosed with gender identity since childhood,'' Mishra told to ANI. She applied for permission after getting recommendations from doctors of Bhopal's Gandhi Medical College. Reportedly, it is the first time that the state government… read-more
Kadalekai Parishe, also known as groundnut festival started in Bengaluru's Basavanagudi on November 29. It is a three-day festival which is celebrated to welcome the first yield of the groundnut crop. Furthermore, a BBMP official stated that it was important to maintain proper decorum with regards to Covid-19. Jaya, a visitor said, "I can see all the COVID-19 norms are being followed here. However, the festival has changed with time".
In Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi, Kashi Vishwanath Temple has been closed from November 30 till December 1 to complete construction work within the premises. Reportedly, the work of polishing the new marbles is going on. Earlier in November, CM Yogi had also installed a rare idol of Maa Annapurna Devi at the temple which was stolen about 100 years ago. The idol was recently retrieved from Canada.
India has been added to the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). The announcement came during the general assembly of 193 countries at the UN headquarters in Paris on November 25, and the term will last for four years. India had earned the prestigious seat in 1985, 2001, and 2011. ''Congratulations India and Team ASI,'' said G Kishan Reddy, union culture and tourism minister… read-more
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On the occasion of the birth anniversary of tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Bhagwan Birsa Munda Smriti Udyan on November 15 in Jharkhand's Ranchi via video conferencing. It will also be known as Freedom Fighter Museum. Munda was born on November 15 in 1875. ''He always fought to protect the interests of the tribal society,'' tweeted PM Modi.
In the biggest development, CM Yogi Adityanath on November 9 declared two public holidays in Uttar Pradesh. He announced the holidays on Chhath (November 10) and Kartik Purnima (November 19). CM Yogi also directed officials to give permission to people to organize fairs at ease. Notably, various fairs will be organised on November 19 in different districts such as Varanasi, Ballia, Kanpur, Etah, Rae Bareli, Bareilly.
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Diwali in sanskrit can be translated to a "row of lights". Diwali is observed on the 15th day of the "Kartik month", as it is considered as the holiest month. Diwali or Deepavali, is a Hindu-originated festival celebrated in India and by the Indian diaspora. During the five-day celebration also known as the “festival of lights" diyas (clay lamps) are lit to signify the victory of good over evil.
To make an extravagant celebration of Diwali, construction of Ram Temple is ongoing. However, recreation of Bharat Milap, Ram, Laxman and Sita was done by a sand artist. Furthermore, the artist stated that he chose this form of art as his parents could not afford art tools. "I have a dream of making the world's largest sand art," said the artist while having a talk with ANI.