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Jaipur soaked in the celebration of the holy month of Ramadan!

The blessed month of Ramadan is right upon us. As per the Islamic calendar, the Holy month of Ramadan begins on the sighting of the new crescent moon.

The month-long observance — which starts from today will see Muslims fasting from dawn to sunset, reciting verses from the Quran and attending prayer sessions.

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Those in Jaipur can smell festivity in the air and devotion on faces because it’s just the beginning of the month of Ramadan! Observed annually by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm), Ramadan is followed by the entire Muslim community to get closer to God and live the life of the less fortunate ones. It is also a time of joy and for spending time with one’s family, and also shopping.

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Did you know that the word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramida or ar-ramad, which means scorching heat or dryness? Because the time right now is of peak summer and that makes this fasting even more difficult and challenging to follow. Though Ramadan is followed and celebrated in all the areas of Jaipur, the festival’s real sheen is seen in the walled city, especially Ramganj Bazaar. The market was named Ramganj after Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II who was the one to bring modernization in the architecture of Jaipur. The name Ramganj, Ram + Ganj (meaning area) reaffirms that this area is the soul of the city as it houses the oldest mosques that smoothly blend in the wise architecture of the walled city of Jaipur. Along with a plethora of mosques, the city’s most authentic Mughal cuisines are found in Ramganj Bazaar and the nearby lanes (galiyan). Ramganj Bazaar is equivalent to the Char Minar of Hyderabad & Jama Masjid of Delhi.

But how exactly do they go about fasting?

Every Muslim, mostly after he/she turns 12, considers it their farz (duty) to fast during Ramadan but are excused in case of exceptional circumstances like illness, pregnancy, travel etc. Ramadan is the fourth pillar of Islam and is practised in reverence of Allah. The month generally consists of 29-30 days depending on the visual sightings of the crescent moon and all the followers follow the timetable of Mecca. They eat before 3 a.m. and post that, they don’t eat or drink anything throughout the day, including water. The meal that they have in the morning is called Sehri. As the day proceeds, they recite namaaz at mosque (masjid) in the evening and at around 7:15 pm i.e. after sunset, they open their fast with something natural like fruits, dates (khajur), milk, water – basically anything which isn’t cooked over fire. Dates are popularly eaten to open the roza for their different quality of providing instant energy after a day full of fasting. The meal served in the evening is called Iftaar.

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It was in the holy month of Ramadan on the memorable night of Laylat al-Qadr that the Holy Quran was first revealed to humankind. Five daily prayers are observed every day from dawn to night. They are called: Fajr (dawn), Dhuhr (noon), Asr (afternoon), Maghrib (evening), and Isha (night).

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After Iftaar, the devotees visit Masjid at around 9 p.m. where Quran is recited for about 1.5 hours, and all the people sit there listening to it. After 29 or 30 days, the Eid-Al-Fitr celebrations start in full swing where mosques are decorated, the lanes are dazzling in lights, and folks visit each other to wish and exchange sweets especially Sevayian Kheer as it’s also known as Meethi Eid. The night of spotting the moon and ending the fasts is known as ‘Chaand Raat’ or the night of the moon

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The end of Ramadan is also marked with the sighting of the crescent moon, denoting Eid-al-Fitr, which should be in the first week of June.

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Ramzan Mubarak to you and your family! May Allah’s blessings be with you!

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Maahi Roj: A One of its Kind Eco-Festival

Maahi Roj: Earth Day started with a Seed, imagined by Geetanjali Kasliwal to grow around World Earth Day. Her vision was to celebrate and preserve our earth not just on one particular day but it should be celebrated every day. In fact, the word Maahi Roj literally means “EARTH DAY EVERYDAY”. The 10-day celebration hosted by AnanTaya is from April 19 to 29th, 2019 with this year’s theme WATER: The energy force of Nature.

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The event is an ongoing experience where like-minded people will share new ways of living and celebrating our bond with the Earth and its element that makes us, sustain us and keeps the cycle going. It will showcase innovative crafts representing ethical fashion and lifestyle products.

Immerse yourself in talks with Dr Rajendra Singh: India’s Waterman, recipient of the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize, water walks which will be the most enriching cultural experience and an idea to promote water conservation with the help of various activities.

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Explore the best at Maahi Roj, in a unique setting of AnanTaya, The Kanota Courtyard, Narain Niwas Hotel, reflecting heritage roots through historic craftsmanship. An opportunity to meet diverse & experienced talents through events including interacting workshops, inspiring talks, heritage walks & cultural tours, just to bring awareness and understanding on how we can pay tribute to Planet Earth.

Join environmentally concerned citizens of Jaipur and the world, to be mindfully respectful of Water’s importance, Every Day.

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5 Events In Jaipur Around ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019

Weekend is nearing guys and girls! Get ready to call your friends to one of the most happening city of India, Jaipur because this weekend the PinkCity is all decked up with glamorous events. Want to know which event, simply read on.

  • Craft Stories Under The Mango Tree

Are you one of those who are fond of crafts and would love to know more about the art of its creation? Craft Stories Under The Mango Tree brings to you the established and emerging artisans and craftsmen who will share their rich hands-on experience about the processes of craft creation. Not only this, Craft Stories Under The Mango Tree spreads its branches into fashion, film, market gallery, spotlight exhibition, dialogues, workshops and performances along with space making crafts. This is a one-stop destination for all the art lovers, don’t miss it for sure.

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Date: 25th-28th January

Venue: Jawahar Kala Kendra

Time: 11 a.m. onwards

  • Book Preview with Wine & Cheese

Hold your breath ladies and gentlemen as the Indian politician and writer himself, Dr. Shashi Tharoor is coming to town for his book preview “The Paradoxical Prime Minister” at the recently launched Trove café. A wine & cheese session with Dr. Shashi Tharoor is awaiting your arrival, so wait no more, get your tickets now !

Date: 24th January

Venue: Trove Café at Devraj Niwas

Time: 8:00 p.m. onwards

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  • Womenweave Pop-up

With Womenweave Pop-up the way you look at fashion, will definitely change. Witness a huge range of fabrics, sarees, stoles, dupattas, and towels which are elegantly designed and carefully hand woven that will definitely make you shop till you drop. Pick up your bags and just get going.

Date: 24th-28th January

Venue: Anokhi Basement & Jaipur Modern

Time: 11 a.m. onwards

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  • Locals DISTRICT performing at Club Trove

Yes, you read that right. It has just been a year that Locals DISTRICT marked their entry in techno-music events in Pink City and they are already geared up for their next season. You can watch the action go live in Club Trove much before the scheduled event in March and set the mood for the night. Just be there.

Date: 24th-25th January

Venue: Club Trove

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  • Heritage Evenings at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019

Get ready to be charmed by the music, fashion, and dance performances at the two heritage evenings at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.

  • Clothing as identity at Jawahar Kala Kendra– The artisan designers all the way from Kutch will be showcasing their traditions, costumes, and culture via their designs on the ramp.

Date: 25th January

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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  • A majestic evening at Amber Fort– A mix of enthralling music and dance performances that will bring together art, and culture is ready to give you an unforgettable evening at Amber Fort.

Date: 26th January

Time: 7:00 p.m. onwards

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Why Makar Sankranti In Jaipur Is Absolutely Not-To-Be-Missed

Hundreds of kites dancing in the sky, and us- on our terrace. That’s the memory every Jaipurite has of Makar Sankranti. Kite-flying is one of the most favourite and zealous festivals in Jaipur. It’s not just about flying kites but also about the battleground that the sky becomes and the way the whole group of family and friends gather up on their terraces and hoot and shout along with the music.

But this is not all! There’s so much more to this festival and the day marks as one of the most auspicious occasions of the year. Here are some of the reasons Jaipurites put their heart and soul into celebrating Makar Sankranti.

1. Pavitra Snaan and Daan
While lakhs of people take dips into the Ganges on Makar Sankranti around the nation, scores of people also arrive at Galta Ji Temple in Jaipur to bathe in the seven holy kunds there. The day is celebrated to worship the Sun God. It is considered that taking dips in the kund at Galtaji on Makar Sankranti absolves us of all our sins.

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To take a dip in the kund at Galta Ji Temple, you might as well trek up the small hill that exits the city from Galta and Surajpole gates. It’s a sight to behold when you see the amount of faith that Jaipurites put into worshipping on Makar Sankranti.

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People around the country also believe that donating clothes, jaggery, corn, ground peanuts and sesame is a good omen and brings prosperity.

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2. Harbinger of spring
Makar Sankranti falls on the equinox and the day and night are equally long. After this day, the days start to get longer and nights shorter. It also marks the onset of spring season. This also brings a welcome relief from the cold wave of the bygone winter.

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3. The Harvest Festival
Makar Sankranti is celebrated every year as the harvest festival of the country. The Rabi crop is harvested in the month of January and corn, mustard, peanuts, sesame etc. are the major crops harvested at this time. One day before Sankranti, i.e. on Lohri the new crop is offered to god through worshipping fire.

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4. Kite Buying
Kite buying is a serious affair in Jaipur. People don’t just by any random kites. They especially head to kite markets like Handipura, Haldiyon Ka Rasta, and Kishanpole bazaar to buy the best kites. It takes an understanding of the science behind the designing of kites in order to buy the best ones. You can find hundreds and thousands of kites in all shapes, sizes and designs according to your preference. Some of the popularly known designs of kites are Chaand-dara, Glass-dara, Mangal-dara, Aankhal-dara, Tripatta, Dadhiyal etc.

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5. Kite- Flying

A true jaipurite knows how to fly a kite and the science applied behind it.

It takes a lot of patience, time and effort to prepare for kite flying. The night before Sankranti the whole family sits together to put ‘tang’ in kites with white saddha.

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On Sankranti, everyone’s duty is sorted! Makar Sankranti food is all about pakode, moongfali, popcorn, khichadi, gajak, feeni, ladoo and papdi-chat and the children in the house go up and down the terrace for serving them. The youngsters become DJs playing the best songs the loudest.

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And oh! What an art kite flying is. As soon as the ‘Dangal’ starts in the sky, you can hear “Woh kaata” every five seconds from a terrace or two around!

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  1. The evening sky

As the day sets in, the kites start to come down and gradually the whole sky is lit up with fireworks and paper lanterns known as “Tukkals” or “Kandeel.” The night view on Sankranti is absolutely mesmerizing and one of those experience that is hard to get over!

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So if ever you plan to visit Jaipur during winter, make sure you don’t miss the intoxicatingly enthusiastic vibe of Makar Sankranti!

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Locals DISTRICT Is Coming To Steal The Nights Away In Jaipur

Winnowed out from all the different forms of music is a genre that attracts the lovers of abstract and imaginative, the lovers of the tunes that are like no other- Techno!

The psychedelic tunes of EDM music have lured the hearts of many over time. The techno music is a type of EDM that is a unique blend of influences from magic realism, fantasy, and science fiction.

With a developing craze for music festivals, youth is traveling across cities and countries to attend the events.  Jaipur too has a long-awaited Techno fest event queued up early in the coming year- Locals DISTRICT

Attracting the Techno music lovers from all over the nation, Locals DISTRICT is a one of its kind event where you can spend a few days away from the world of trivia and monotony and lose yourself to a world that’s lit up with dim lights and techno music!

Bracing to be back with a bang, the second episode of Locals DISTRICT will be held at Castle Kalwar on the outskirts of Jaipur.  You can enjoy 72 hours of non- stop techno music played by renowned DJs at this enigmatic event.

This is not all, there is an added festive yet mystic feel to the event with the garden tents for accommodation!

Locals DISTRICT is an unprecedented kind of Techno music fest that’s about to unveil its second season in Jaipur in March 2019 and we promise you, it’s a “Lose the night away” kind of a gala!

Dates: 1st- 3rd March” 2019

Venue: Castle Kalwar, Jaipur

Book your tickets here: http://www.localsdistrict.com/

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/LocalsDistrict/

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A Walk Through Of Pushkar When It Comes Alive During Pushkar Fair 2018

Though the Pushkar Fair is celebrated for ten days in the Kartik month, its last four days are critically important for the sacred reasons. On the main day of Kartik Purnima, lakhs of people take a dip in the holy Pushkar lake, and in the evening Lord Brahma is offered prayers at the Varaha Ghat with thousands of brightly lit diyas floating in the lake, making it a marvellous spectacle to watch. So if you have not yet visited you can still plan your Pushkar trip. 

Pushkar Fair has started with a full swing where you can see livestock owners from all across the country coming here to trade cattle especially camels – the Ship of Desert. It’s priceless to see the expressions on the faces of these men when they sit patiently in the Pushkar Mela Ground for days and wait for the trade to take place.

Not just their faces, there are few more sights that are truly glowing and precious during this time. Though Pushkar’s streets are known for their colorful fervor and unique shopping experience, they are swathed in their own charm at the time of Pushkar fair.

The boisterous bazaars of Pushkar is the spectacle that one shall never miss; the streets refreshed in the shades of red, yellow, pink, blue are, synonymous to the people of Rajasthan and their culture. It’s interesting and fun to navigate on Pushkar’s narrow alleys during the fair time when each and every corner is brimming with action.

Did we say thousands of camels ? Well the only living beings who have started giving a tough competition to the cattle in the last few years is the ‘Photography Enthusiasts’ who come from all around the globe in large groups and are seen more in number than the cattle itself 😉

And why won’t they? After all, who would want to miss these magical spectacles ?

The fair has already started from 15th November and continues till 23rd November and if you love photography, culture, Rajasthan, streets, food, adventures, camel rides or any beautiful thing on the planet, we suggest you to pack your bags are start your journey to Pushkar !

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This Diwali, Let’s Keep Our Culture Alive!

Preserved and passed on for generations, the elixir of living the life and the footprints of our ancestors, the culture, the traditions and the zeal of life. Diwali is not just about a festival in our country. It is more about heritage, and its preservation.

On Diwali we celebrate the return of Ram from 14 years of exile, and growing up, Diwali was all about lighting up diyas, cooking sweet Indian delicacies, sparking fire crackers, and worshipping Lord Ganesha and goddess Laxmi. With the change in time and tradition, we are losing the grip on soul of this festival. Here are a few things we all need to turn back to this Diwali!

  1. The Elaborate Diwali Pooja- The elaborate Diwali pooja always used to be a family affair but now it is also losing its value to us. The conventional ways of celebrating Diwali started by pooja are changing with most of the youngsters migrating to different cities for education and job. We should learn to pray on our own if we cannot reach home on Diwali. 🙂

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  1. Sweets– Where there is celebration, there has to be sweets, but nowadays we are turning towards chocolates and other dessert options that are known to be #gluttonfree #cholesterolfree #fatfree and whatnot. We are forgetting that the delicious recipes of homemade sweets like laddus, gulabjamun, barfi, halwa, mathri, etc. that have been handed down to us by our nani and dadi are much healthier and delightful in every sense.

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  1. New Clothes- The zeal of the festival Diwali needs to be kept alive with new clothes, because Diwali also marks a new beginning, the end of evil and the victory of the good. We promise you that you are going to have a worthy stock of pictures for Instagram with a new ethnic attire.

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  1. Cleaning our homes- Scientifically, it is a good idea to clean your house around mid-October and mid-November because after the monsoon, cleaning makes sure all the germs and infectants are eradicated from the house.

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Although, religiously it is believed that goddess Laxmi visits the homes of devotees on the night of Diwali to bless them with happiness, luck and prosperity for the rest of the year. Therefore, we illuminate and decorate our houses with diyas, lights and rangoli.

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  1. Firecrackers- Burning of firecrackers also carries a scientific logic behind itself apart from the celebration. The heat produced in the environment due to burning of the crackers makes sure that all the disease causing microbes are removed from the environment after the end of monsoon. But the perpetually increasing pollution restricts us from doing so, and we can opt for lighting mustard oil diyas for the same effect.

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So this Diwali, let’s make a promise that we are not going to feel guilty about having an extra gulab jamun, or bursting the fire crackers, that we are not going to wear that old comfortable jeans, rather try a slightly uncomfortable but new dress; that we are going to make sure our houses are spick and span before Diwali. Let’s make a promise to preserve the enriched culture handed down to us by our ancestors.

Happy Diwali!