Saturday, August 27, 2011

Eid ul Fitr Ramadan Greetings

Eid ul Fitr, Eid al Fitr, Id ul Fitr, or Id alFitr (Arabic: ‎عيد الفطر), often abbreviated to Eid, is a two days Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid Al Fitr is a day of joy and thanksgiving. On this day, Muslims show their joy for the health, strength and opportunities of life, which Allah has given them to fulfill their obligations of fasting and other good deeds during the month of Ramadan. It is considered unholy to fast on this day. It is also a day of forgetting old grudges and ill feelings towards others.

ഹിജ്റ വർഷം ശവ്വാൽ മാസത്തിലെ ആദ്യ ദിവസമുള്ള ലോക മുസ്ലീംകളുടെ ആഘോഷമാണ് ഈദുൽ ഫിത്‌ർ അഥവാ ചെറിയ പെരുന്നാൾ. റമദാൻ വ്രതമനുഷ്ഠാനത്തിന്റെ പരിസമാപ്തികുറിച്ച് കോണ്ടാണ് ഈദുൽ ഫിത്‌ർ ആഘോഷിക്കപ്പെടുന്നത് . ഈദുൽ ഫിത്വർ എന്നാൽ മലയാളിക്ക് ചെറിയ പെരുന്നാളാണ്. ഈദ് എന്ന അറബിക് പദത്തിന്‌ ആഘോഷം എന്നും ഫിത്‌ർ എന്ന പദത്തിന്‌ നോമ്പു തുറക്കൽ എന്നുമാണ്‌ അർത്ഥം. അതിനാൽ റമദാൻ മാസമുടനീളം ആചരിച്ച നോമ്പിന്റെ പൂർത്തികരണത്തിനൊടുവിലുള്ള നോമ്പുതുറ എന്നതാണ്‌ ഈദുൽ ഫിത്‌ർ എന്നത് പ്രതിനിധാനം ചെയ്യുന്നത്. ഈദിന്റെ (പെരുന്നാളിന്റെ) ആദ്യ ദിനം റമദാൻ കഴിഞ്ഞു വരുന്ന മാസമായ ശവ്വാൽ ഒന്നിനായിരിക്കും

Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity," while Fiṭr means "original nature," implying the restoration of one's best human composition. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the thirty days of dawn to sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The first day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month Shawwal.

Eid-ul-Fitr Salat (Namaz in Persian) is a Sunnah muak'kad (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory) or mandoob (preferable)  depending on which juristic opinion is followed  Islamic prayer consisting of two raka'ah (units) which is generally offered in an open field or large hall called an Eed-gah. This salaat or prayer, can only be performed with Jama’at (i.e., in congregation) and has an additional extra six Takbirs (raising of the hands to the ears while saying Allahu Akbar (God is Great), three of them in the beginning of the first raka'ah and three of them just before ruku' in the second raka'ah in the Hanafi school. Muslims are commanded by God in the Qur'an to complete their fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay the Zakat al-fitr before doing the Eid prayer.

Eid in India

Muslims form India is largest minority and constitute almost 12% of the country's total population. Islam is also the most recent religion added to India. Islam came to India in 12th century AD and began interacting with the Indian culture, particularly under the Mughal era. Needless to say, it was a mutually enriching experience.

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In Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, the night before Eid is called Chaand Raat, which means, "Night of the Moon." Muslims in these countries will often visit bazaars and shopping malls with their families for Eid shopping. Women, especially younger girls, will often apply the traditional Mehndi, or henna, on their hands and feet and wear colorful bangles.

In India, some popular places for Muslims to congregate to celebrate Eid at this time include the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, Aishbagh Idgah in Lucknow; in Kolkata there is a prayer held on Red Road. Muslims turn out in the thousands, as there is a lot of excitement surrounding the celebration of this festival. Eid is a public holiday and is celebrated all over India. It is common for non-Muslims to visit their Muslim friends and neighbours on Eid to convey their good wishes.

Eid Greeting Eid Mubarak
The traditional Eid greeting is Eid Mubarak, and it is frequently followed by a formal embrace. Gifts are frequently given new clothes are part of the tradition and it is also common for children to be given small sums of money (Eidi) by their elders. It is common for children to offer salam to parents and adult relatives.
After the Eid prayers, it is common for some families to visit graveyards and pray for the salvation of departed family members. Also common to visit older family member and get together to celebrate Eid and to share the meals that only exist on Eid.

Eid Dishes

Special celebratory dishes in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh include sivayyan, a dish of fine, toasted sweet vermicelli noodles with milk and dried fruit. In Bangladesh, the dish is called shemai( bengali: সেমাই ). Many people also avail themselves of this opportunity to distribute zakat, an Islamic obligatory alms tax of 2.5% of one's annual savings, to the needy.

Eid History

Before the advent of Islam in Arabia, we find mention of ‘id festivals as yawm al-sab‘ and yawm al-sabasab as well as some others among the idolaters of Arabia. The shari‘ah of the Israelites had ‘id festivals as well but as is evident from the Old Testament and other scriptures, these festivals related more to commemorating certain days of their history. The ‘id al-fitr was originated by Prophet Muhammad and is observed on the first of the month of Shawwal right after the end of the holy month of Ramadan in which the believers undergo a period of fasting.

It is evident from certain Ahadith that these festivals were initiated in Madinah after migration. Anas reports:
When the Prophet arrived in Madinah, he found people celebrating two specific days in which they used to entertain themselves by playing and merriment. He asked them about the nature of these festivities at which they replied that these days were occasions of fun and recreation of the days of jahilliyah. At this, the Prophet remarked that the Almighty has fixed two days [of festivity] instead of these for you which are better than these: ‘id al-fitr and ‘id al-adha

For Muslims, both these festivals of ‘id al-fitr and ‘id al-adha are occasions of showing gratitude to God, remembering him and are a means of entertainment. ‘A’ishah narrates that when on an ‘id day her father Abu Bakr stopped young girls from singing, the Prophet said: Abu Bakr! [Let them sing]; every nation has an ‘id and [this day] is our ‘id.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Chingam 1 Malayalam Calender New Year | Chinga Masam First Month

വറുതികള്‍ക്ക് വിട ചൊല്ലി ചിങ്ങ പൊന്‍ പുലരി ആഗതമായ്. ഐശ്വര്യവും സമ്പല്‍ സമൃദ്ധിയും നിറഞ്ഞ ഒരു പുതുവര്‍ഷത്തെ വരവേല്‍ക്കാന്‍ മലയാളികള്‍ ഒരുങ്ങി കഴിഞ്ഞു. എല്ലാ മലയാളികള്‍ക്കും ഹൃദയം നിറഞ്ഞ പുതുവല്‍‌സരാശംസകള്‍ !!

Chingam 1 (Chinga Masam) is the New Year Day of Malayalam Traditional Calender.  Hindus of Kerala are using Malayalam Calender for there religious, cultural and cultivation activities.  The Malayalam New Year Chingam 1st is on August 17, Tuesday and is the beginning of Chinga Masam.  As per Malayalam Calender the Kolla Varsham begins on August 17 2011. The first day of Chingam month is welcomed by people of Kerala with special poojas and prayers.   Hindus in large numbers visit their near by temples and in some part of the Kerala parents were give Kai Neettam to their children.  

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The official New Year in Kerala (Kolla Varsham) is Chingam 1, the first day in Chinga masam.  Karkidaka Masam or Ramayana Masam marks the end of Malayalam Year or Kolla Varsham. But Vishu the first day in Medam month is the astrological or zodiac New Year of Malayalam. 

 Important Day of Chinga Masam

  • Sri Krishna Jayanti – August 22
  • Ashtami Rohini – August 23, 2011
  • Ekadashi – August 25
  • Ganesha Chaturthi or Vinayaka Sathurthi – 1 September 2011
  • First Onam – 8 September 2011 – Ekadasi
  • Thiruonam – 9 September 2011
The most popular festival of Malayalees is Onam which is observed Chinga Masam. The 10 days Onam festival begins on the Atham Nakshatram in the Chingam month an the main Onam festival is celebrated on the Thiruonam Nakshatram day of Chinga Masam. 

The Malayalam calendar is a solar calendar. A solar calendar is a calendar whose  dates indicate the position of the earth on its revolution around the sun (or equivalently the apparent position of the sun moving on the celestial sphere).
Malayalam Calender has twelve months:

1. Chingam 
2. Kanni 
3. Thulam 
4. Vrischikam 
5. Dhanu
6. Makaram
7. Kumbham 
8. Meenam 
9. Medam 
10. Edavam 
11. Mithunam &
12. Karkidekam

The months are named after the constellations in which the Sun is seen during  the period. Thus Chingam (from Simham or Lion) is named after the constellation Leo. Chingam is the first month of the Malayalam calendar. In the Hindu religion, Dhanu, which is generally referred to as Dhanu Yatra, is a festival holiday relating to Lord Krishnas visit to Mathura. Karkidakam is the last month of the Malayalam calendar. The Malayalam era called KollaVarsham was established in 825 CE (Christian Era). 

Some historians attribute the founding of this era to King Udaya Marthanda Varma, King of Venad. In this panchanga, year will start from Chingam, the first Malayalam month (in English calendar this will be August or September). This panchangam is influenced by the Persian panchanga system. India's officially accepted pancangam is SAKAVARSHAM which is started in A.D.78  

The 'Chingam' month corresponds to the Avani month of Tamil Calendar. The Karkidekam rain showers is over now & we are set to a new start welcoming the new cycle of year. This month is fully equipped with grand celebrations of Krishna Janmashtami  (Ashtami Rohini) & ONAM fever. Chingam 1 is an auspicious start to every Hindus

പൊന്നോണ മാസം എന്നതിന് ഉപരി ഇപ്പോള്‍ ചിങ്ങം മലയാള ഭാഷാ മാസവും കൂടിയാണ്. ചിങ്ങം ഒന്ന് കര്‍ഷക ദിനം കൂയിയാണ്. മലയാളിയ്ക്ക് അന്യമായിക്കൊണ്ടിരിയ്ക്കുന്ന കൊയ്താണ് ചിങ്ങമാസത്തിലെ പ്രധാന വിശേഷം. പാടത്ത് വിളഞ്ഞ പൊന്‍കതിര്‍ വീട്ടിലെത്തിച്ച് അറകളും പത്തായങ്ങളും നിറയ്ക്കുന്ന സമ്പന്നതയുടെ മാസം.

വര്‍ഷം മുഴുവന്‍ സുഖവും സമ്പര്‍ സമൃദ്ധിയും കിട്ടാന്‍ വിശ്വാസികളൊക്കെ ആരാധനാലയങ്ങള്‍ സന്ദര്‍ശിയ്ക്കുന്ന ദിവസമാണ് ചിങ്ങം ഒന്ന്. പ്രത്യേകിച്ചും ഹിന്ദുക്കള്‍. എല്ലാ ഹിന്ദു ദേവാലയങ്ങളിലും പ്രത്യേക പൂജകളും ഉത്സവവും ഈ ദിവസം ഉണ്ടാവും.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

India Independence Day 2011 Prime Minister Speech Highlights

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh delivers a speech on the ramparts of The Red Fort in New Delhi on India's 65th Independence Day. Prime Minister calls for understanding and restraint, otherwise our security and integrity can get adversely affected.  Cautions against "some people who want to create disturbances in the country so that our progress gets stalled and we will not let this happen". Prime Minister said that this is the time to rise above our personal or political interests and build consensus on issues of national importance.  He claims that we have provided political stability and socio and economic progress and we have established an environment of communal harmony in the country and the last seven years have seen rapid economic development.

He also said that we have taken special care of the needs of our brothers and sisters from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Minorities, Women and Children.  He promised that  promises food security legislation will be coming soon.  Then he acknowledges that corruption is a big obstacle in national transformation and he added corruption should be discussed in a manner that should not create an atmosphere in which country's progress comes into question. He urges that discussion on corruption should not distract from self-confidence and the government is taking strictest possible action in cases of corruption.  He also said that there is no single big step which we can take to eradicate corruption and corruption cannot be eradicated unless we improve our justice delivery system.

Prime Minister asserts that we want strong Lokpal to prevent corruption in high places and he said that resort to hunger strikes and fast-unto-death will not help. He also said nothing should be done to dilute independence of the judiciary. Mr. Manmohan Singh acknowledges that misuse of governmental discretion in allocation of scarce resources.

Prime Minister says the Government working on measures to reduce corruption in government projects and government will lay down principles and practices with regard to government purchases.  He said that no government has a "magic wand" to eradicate corruption. We have to fight against corruption on many fronts.
Prime Minister compliments farmers on producing a record level food grains and he is in the view that we need a second Green Revolution in Agriculture. He acknowledges that a phase of sustained high inflation. He added in his speech that our government fully understands its responsibility to control rise in prices and International markets fuel inflation in India.  He also said that finding a solution to inflation will be our top most priority in the coming months.

He said in his speech that the land acquisition must be transparent and fair. Government will establish a new Education Commission to suggest improvements in education at all levels. He suggested that 12th Five Year Plan to focus on health. He also said that  investment in infrastructure has grown more than 1 1/2 times in the last seven years.

He said that we want to make India slum-free and the ownership of clean houses to slum dwellers.
Malnutrition in women and children is a matter of concern for all of us he added. He regrets about the declining of sex ratio and wants a change in approach towards girls and women.

Regarding against terrorism he said we should not lower guard against terrorism and says it is a long battle to be fought jointly by the central government, state governments and the citizens. He  promises to eradicate the very reasons which gave rise to Naxalism.

Prime Minister warns against climate change and promises "an environmental assessment and monitoring authority to streamline the process of environmental clearances".

He acknowledges our younger generation's higher aspirations and says our institutions should tap our people's potential. He also said that our entrepreneurs and business men should not feel constrained in their activities.
· Prime Minister urges "we should all stay away from tactics that creates suspicion or apprehension among those connected with industry, business and investment.
· Prime Minister says our development should not increase inequalities.
· Prime Minister says we have the collective capacities and the confidence to deal with tensions and conflicts in the society.

2011 India Independence Day Celebration | Greetings | Pictures | SMS

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The 65th Independence Day of India festival is celebrating on 15th August 2011 by the people in all states of India. The Independence Day Celebrations of India are marked by the hoisting of the national flag by the prime minister of India at the Red Fort, as well as by chief ministers in their respective state capitals. The flag hoisting is followed by an Independence Day Parade through the capital and cultural events are held all over the nation.

Starting from 15th August 1947 Indians are celebrating the Independence Day which is celebrated on account of the Independence from British rule in the 1947 and that day is announced as the national holiday in India by the Government of India. Today on 15th August 2011, Monday Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh  hoists the flag of India at Red Fort Delhi followed by the Independence Day speech by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to the nation.  The Prime Minister of India hoists the Indian flag on the ramparts of the historical site, Red Fort (लाल क़िला), Delhi, on August 15. This is telecasted live on the National Channel Doordarshan and many other News Channels all over India. Flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programs take place in all the state capitals. In the cities around the country the national flag is hoisted by politicians in their constituencies. In various private organisations the flag hoisting is carried out by a senior official of that organisation. Schools and colleges around the country organize flag hoisting ceremonies and various cultural events within their premises, where younger children in costume represent their idols of the Independence era.

On the Independence Day people will wear the Indian Flag pin on their clothes to show their love of nation. In schools and colleges special cultural programs will be conducted and Indians share their happiness by sending wishes, SMS, messages, scraps using their mobiles and social networks like Google +, Orkut, Facebook and Twitter will be used by the people to share their wishes online.  People also use free sms websites like Way2sms, 160by2 and other free sms websites to send messages to their friends and relatives. 

Independence Day 2011 India Wishes:
Let’s Take Decision
To Value Our Nation
Won’t Forget Those Sacrifices,
Who Gave Us Freedom
Now Its Our Turn
To Have A Reformation.
Happy 65th Independence Day
Thousands laid down their lives so that our country breath this day…
never forget their sacrifice..
Happy Independence day 2011

Independence Day 2011 India Scraps:
I am in love,
I am passionate about him,
I loving every moment of it and
why not its her 64th Birth Day.
Happy Independence Day 2011
Other might have forgotten,
But never can i,
The Flag of my country
Furls very high,
Happy Independence day 2011

Independence Day 2011 India Messages:
Today we are miles apart
but I wanna reach across the miles
and say i’m thinking of you
in a very special way.
Happy Independence Day 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Kochi International Fashion Week 2011 KIFW 2011 Photos

Kochi International Fashion Week 2011  was held from August 4 to 7at Casino Hotel which introduced in Cochin by  Storm fashion company, in association with Kingfisher and Lawman PG3.  

Participation of global fashion fraternity would be a highlight of this event. Famous malyalee model's and Indian Model's fire's the Ramp at Kochi give best wishes to all the participates and accept the new style from them. 

It  redefined the future of  designers and models in Kochi, opens immense opportunities and would be a platform to interact with top notch designers. Ranjini Haridas Mukta, Parvathy Omanakuttan were fire's the Ramp.

Kochi International Fashion Week 2011

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Shawar Ali at KIFW

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 Mamta at KIFW
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Neeru Singh  Kochi International Fashion Week
 Dimple Patel at KIFW

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