These are the winter harvest festivals marked in the north as Lohri, in the west as Makkar Sankrant and in the south as Pongal.
Rice, corn and sesame seeds are the main harvests of the season. It’s the beginning of all things new and is considered as the start of prosperity for the year. It marks the end of the winter solstice and hence also is known by the name of Uttarayan . In Gujarat its celebrated by flying kites.
Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14.
In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").
Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid.
This is official beginning of Spring marked with the different colors of spring. Hence the festival of colors.
It is celebrated across the South Asia with dry and water colors. This also spring harvest time, so festive food prepared is also are as per harvest.
It is also called the festival of Love.
Hindu Lunar New Year. Called by different names in different Regions .It is the time where one cleanses their body and mind with special foods prepared for the day. With san inclusion of a desert
Maharashtra – Gudi Padwa, Tamil Nadu – Pathandu, Telegu – Ugadi, Bengal – Pohela Boishak, Punjab- Baisakhi, Kerela – Vishu
Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.
Independence Day or the Fourth of July is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as free and independent states, the United States of America, and were no longer connected to the British Crown.
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.
Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.
Eid is an Islamic festival marking the end of the holy month of Ramazan and the blessings of the almighty.
People wear new clothes, say Eid Mubarak and attend celebrations/ parties and family reunions. Counting and being grateful for the blessings in their lives.
Ganesh Festival is celebrated across India. Prominently in Maharashtra .
Ganesha is the lord of prosperity and wisdom. This is a 10 day festival Marked by big procession and invitation on the 1st days and again large processions and immersion of the deity on the 10th day. - MODAK favorite sweet of Lard Ganesha.
Celebrated widely in North America.
Navratri is the joyous celebration of the victory of good over evil.
It invites the divinity in all its splendour in our hearts by following the rich traditions during the festival.
Navratri means nine nights and so the tenth day Goddess Durga, who is worshipped throughout the nine days, is immersed in holy water after pooja. Each and everyday has its importance and meaning.
People worship Goddess in three forms and try to enhance their physical, mental and spiritual practice in these nine days.
Its also known as the Festival of dance and marked with 9 nights of dancing the “Garba” and Dandia.
This is the quintessential Hindu Festival of lights. Legend has it that on this day Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after the Epic Battle with Ravan.
It symbolic of the beginning of the Reign of Lord Ram. Marked with the lighting of lamps, fireworks, house parties, and new clothes.