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Sounds like a *f@*%?! good way to let off steam!

Loving the outfits! More on the unusual (to say the least!) Kunde Habba festival on somewhereintheworldtoday.com

The gods, they must be crazy seeing this abuse? Legend has it that Lord Aiyappa betrayed the tribals of Coorg on a hunting expedition aeons ago. So, on the fourth Thursday of May every year, they take “revenge”. They dress themselves up in strange costumes, shout expletives at the gods, and create a cacophony as part of Kunde Habba. Or, if you find that difficult to believe, on the eve of monsoon each year, the tribals drink, dance, tie their banians down, make merry and let go of their frustr … Read More

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October 25th 2010: Karwa Chauth Vrat

Karwa Chauth Vrat Karwa Chauth is a festival full of legend and tradition celebrated by all married Hindu women, mostly in Northern India. During the day they fast for the long life, health and prosperity of their husbands. The event is growing bigger with each passing year and nowadays, Karwa Chauth is more for fun than a serious festival. Read full post on Karwa Chauth Vrat Picture: karwa chauth henna from HennaLounge … Read More on Karwa Chauth Vrat

September / October: Dussehra Festival / Vijayadashmi

Dussehra is a Hindu festival celebrated all over India. It is also known as Vijayadashmi (‘Vijay’ meaning ‘victory’ and ‘Dashmi meaning ‘tenth day), as it is believed that it was on this day that Lord Rama killed the demon-king, Ravana and rescued his abducted wife Seeta. It signifies the triumph of good over evil and the legendary triumph is reenacted in an explosive style.

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September / October: Bathukamma festival

Elaborate floral displays topped by a pumpkin flower (Bathukamma) are worshipped as the embodiment of the goddess Gauri, the goddess of womanhood.

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Henna Mehndi Henna designsHave a night in with the girls. Try some traditional Henna Mehndi designs (and a spot of flower arranging, singing and dancing!). Henna is typically applied during special occasions like weddings and festivals. Take a look in the shop!

September / October: Navrati

NavratiNavratri (literally meaning “nine nights”) is one of the greatest Hindu festivals and one which symbolises the triumph of good over evil and in which God is adored as Mother. It is actually held several times a year with the most important being around harvest time. As the name implies, this festival is celebrated for nine days.

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There is also loads of amazing pictures of Navrati on flickr

Sabzi Kari (Vegetable curry) Try our recipe for Sabzi Kari (Vegetable curry)
Indian paper star lanterns We have found these lovely Indian star lanterns used in India at festivals and celebrations Take a look in the shop!

September: Saraswati festival (Bali)

SaraswatiTake the day off from school or work! No books allowed on Saraswati! The Saraswati festival is celebrated in honour of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and the arts. Saraswati is a beautiful woman with four hands, riding on a white swan. It it is said that that knowledge is like a beautiful woman, chased by all men for all of their lives.

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Varying dates in September & October: Thimphu Tshechu festival

Zhana Cham, Thimpu TshechuThe annual Tshechu festivals in Bhutan, South Asia involve masked dances in colourful, ornate costumes performed by monks, laymen or gomchens (gurus). The dance is accompanied by music played by monks using traditional Tibetan instruments. The dances usually offer some kind of moral of good winning over evil and are considered to give merit in the next life to all who see them.

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