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Covid-19 shadow over Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Ganesh to earth from Kailash Parvat with his mother Parvati.

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Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Ganesh to earth from Kailash Parvat with his mother Parvati. The festival celebrations involve fusion of music and dance along with a wide variety of cultural shows. This year the ten-day festival will commence on September 10 and conclude with idol immersion on September 19. 

However, amid fears of a possible third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, below is the response of the state governments to the festival celebrations.

Maharashtra

Dahi handi and Ganesh Chaturthi are major festivals in Maharashtra and are celebrated with much fanfare. The ten-day festival, celebrated with great enthusiasm in the state. However, like last year, this year too it’s likely to remain a low-key affair to avoid crowding.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar recently said that the state government will not impose any additional restriction to avoid crowding during Ganesh Chaturthi. However, he added, if violations of Covid-19 norms are seen on the first day of the festival, stringent curbs will be imposed from the next day.

In a meeting held on August 23, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray urged organisers of the dahi handi festival to prioritise health amid the raging pandemic and set aside festivities for a while.

Tamil Nadu

The Ganesh Chaturthi is expected to be a low key affair, similar to last year. While people can individually immerse Ganesh idols in seas, processions are not allowed.  The Tamil Nadu government relaxing the ban for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations said that small temples can be open on the day of Chaturthi. The state government said that devotees can leave Ganesha idols outside small temples. The state will take responsibility for immersing idols in water bodies.

Meanwhile, the government directed district administrations to take ‘appropriate measures’ based on the prevalence of the virus in their respective districts.

Karnataka

Karnataka government issues fresh guidelines for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations amid Covid-19 pandemic. The state government decided to allow Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in districts where the positivity rate is less than 2 per cent, with a set of restrictions, which will remain in place for five days.

Karnataka’s revenue minister R Ashok said that the government is allowing the festival with restrictions. There will be no procession orchestra, no DJ. The Covid-19 vaccination is mandatory wherever the Ganapathi festival is being held, he added.  

The move to allow public celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi comes at a time when Karnataka’s new Covid-19 infections appear to have stabilized but the threat of the virus remains just as potent as the first two waves.

Andhra Pradesh

Keeping the festive season in mind, especially the Ganesh Chaturthi, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to continue the 11 pm- 6 am night curfew. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy recently chaired the review meeting at his camp office and took stock of the Covid-19 situation in the state.

The Chief Minister directed the authorities to ensure the precautionary measures are being followed. He instructed the officials to ensure that Covi-19 protocols such as social distancing, and wearing of masks, are strictly followed in all educational institutions, and public places.

However, the festival is the latest flashpoint between the state government and opposition parties. Trouble has been brewing ever since the state government decided to not allow public celebrations for the 21-day festival.

Goa

Keeping the Covid-19 pandemic in mind, the Goa government has banned firecrackers, processions ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

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Public gathering/celebrations/arthis at public places shall be limited to 50 per cent capacity or as per the State government SOP. As per the official communication, there shall be strict adherence to the social distancing norms.

No celebration in any form shall be allowed in contaminated zones, if any. Also, the immersion of idols within the Panaji jurisdiction shall be in the notified areas only. The mayor also informed that only 2-3 members of each house shall be allowed for the immersion of the idols.

Telangana

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) launched a massive exercise across the State capital for the smooth conduct of the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.

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Happy Vasant Panchami 2023: Greetings, wishes and quotes

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Happy Vasant Panchami 2023: Greetings, wishes and quotes

This year, the festival of Vasant Panchami is being celebrated on January 26, Thursday.

Vasant Panchami has great importance in Hinduism. It is also known as Saraswati Puja. This day also marks the beginning of the spring season. On this day, Goddess Saraswati is worshiped by rituals. It is believed that Mother Saraswati appeared on this day. People wear yellow clothes on this day and worship Maa Saraswati. Also, they send messages to their loved ones, friends and relatives to wish them a happy Vasant Panchami. With these special messages, you should also congratulate your loved ones on this day.

Happy Vasant Panchami messages 2023

  • The freezing winter season is over, and spring has finally arrived. This spring, may your homes be blessed with prosperity and good fortune. Greetings for Happy Vasant Panchami Messages 2023.
  • Power and money come from knowledge. I send you Goddess Saraswati’s best wishes for joy and success. Greetings on Vasant Panchami 2023.
  • There are many reasons to be happy and hopeful as spring approaches. I hope this spring will stand out among all the others in your life. Greetings on Vasant Panchami.
  • In honour of Vasant Panchami, may Goddess Saraswati bestow upon you her immeasurable blessings. Wishing you a very happy Vasant Panchami in 2023.

Saraswati Puja wishes

  • Knowledge is power and knowledge is wealth. May Goddess Saraswati shower prosperity and peace on you. Happy Vasant Panchami!
  • The power of knowledge resides in all of us. May Ma Saraswati illuminate the glow and strive for more knowledge in us forever.
  • Wishing you good fortune, happiness, peace, success, and progress on the auspicious occasion of Vasant Panchami.
  • The creative power is within all of us. May Goddess Saraswati keep lighting this flame and bless you greatly.
  • May this auspicious day of Vasant Panchami bring a huge wealth of knowledge to you and your loved ones. Happy Saraswati Puja.
  • Wishing you and your loved ones a joyful and prosperous Vasant Panchami.
  • May you be blessed with Goddess Saraswati’s lovely blessings, happy Vasant Panchami. 
  • May you be untouched by ignorance and darkness. I wish you a very blissful Vasant Panchami.
  • At the end of a dark road of all the ills of the world, there’s the soothing amber glow of knowledge. Happy Saraswati Puja.
  • Let us pray to Goddess Saraswati for knowledge and the removal of ignorance. Happy Vasant Panchami.

Vasant Panchami Puja time

This year Vasant Panchami is being observed from 12:34 pm on January 25 to 12:35 pm on January 26. According to Drik Panchang, the auspicious muhurat for Puja falls on January 26 from 7:12 am to 12:34 pm.

Saraswati Puja is performed at homes, schools, and colleges on Vasant Panchami. People dress up in white and yellow and fly kites.

Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on Vasant Panchami Puja time 2023, and she is offered of mustard, marigold flowers, and other yellow items. People dress in yellow because it represents wealth, vitality, and hope.

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Makar Sankranti 2023: Wishes, quotes, greetings to share on WhatsApp and Facebook

In the Northern states, the festival is celebrated on January 14 every year with great exuberance.

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Makar Sankranti wishes

Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival that is celebrated across India under different names. In the Northern states, the festival is celebrated on January 14 every year with great exuberance.

The festival is celebrated to mark the beginning of Uttarayan as it is an annual event which depends on the movement of the Sun referred to as Uttarayan. This year, the Sun’s transit from Dhanu to Makar will take place on January 15. Therefore, Makar Sankranti will fall on January 15.

India is rich in culture and tradition and with the social media generation, one cannot stop sharing good wishes to their friends and families, especially on a festival. On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, we have brought to you wishes, quotes, and greetings you can share with your loved ones on WhatsApp and Facebook.

Makar Sankranti 2023 wishes

  • May your success fly this Makar Sankranti like your kites. Salutations to Uttarayan
  • I wish you pleasure, happiness, and love on this Makar Sankranti. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Makar Sankranti
  • As the sun starts its northward journey, let’s come together and celebrate this season of opulence with love, peace, and joy. Wish you a very Happy Makar Sankranti
  • Enjoy the first festival of the year at this time. I hope you have a healthy and fruitful Makar Sankranti!
  • May the warmth of til and the sweetness of gur fill your life with peace. Greetings on Makar Sankranti!A beautiful, bright and delightful day, the sun entered Makar to intense the ray. Crop harvested to cheer the smiles, come together and enjoy life.
  • Sending you warm greetings on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti and wishing you life’s best now and in all the days to come. Happy Makar Sankranti
  • May this festival fulfil all your life’s wishes, It’s my prayer and wish that the cool warmth of bonfire, delicious sweetness of gur and rewri, remain with you forever. Happy Makar Sankranti
  • Bajare ki roti, nimbu ka achar, suraj ki kirne, chand ki chandani aur apno ka pyaar. Har jeevan ho khushal mubarak ho aapko Sankranti ka tyohar

Makar Sankranti 2023 quotes

  • “May happiness come to your home every day, and may you get success every moment, with this hope. Happy Makar sankranti.”
  • “Life is a path, if you do not walk carelessly on this path then difficulties will definitely come. Happy Makar Sankranti.”
  • “The kite also came out like you, even a slight gust of wind flew away immediately. Happy Makar Sankranti.”
  • “Life is the name of living, live it with harmony and love. Let’s spread love and harmony on this festival of Makar Sankranti. ”
  • “Joy in the body, enthusiasm in the mind, So now let’s paint the sky. Now everyone flew together. Happy Makar Sankranti.”
  • “With dreams in mind, let’s fly a kite that fills the engine of happiness in life. Happy Makar Sankranti 2023.”
  • “May no kite ever cut you, may the string of faith never break, may you touch all the success in life, like a kite touches the heights of the sky. Best wishes for Makar Sankranti!”
  • “A New Beginning, A New Destination, With Happiness or Sorrow, With Pain or Pleasure.” Wishing You A Very Happy Makar Sankranti
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Lohri 2023: Best wishes, quotes to share with your friends and family

People pray to God for a good harvest on this day

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Lohri 2023: Best wishes, quotes to share with your friends and family

In North India, particularly in Haryana and Punjab, the Hindu and Sikh populations widely observe the auspicious festival of Lohri. The celebration is held to mark the beginning of a new harvesting season as well as the ripening of winter crops. Lohri will be celebrated on January 14, 2023.

People pray to God for a good harvest on this day. Around a bonfire, neighbours, friends, and family members congregate to roast peanuts, popcorn, and jaggery-sweetened treats. These things are thereafter given out and eaten as “prasad.”

For the celebration of joy, harvest, and fertility, here are some greetings, messages, and quotes that you can send to your friends and family.

Lohri 2023 Best Wishes, Messages:

  • Warmth of bonfire Lohri jaggery. May the fragrance and revri always be with you, this is our heartfelt wish Happy Lohri
  • May this Lohri bring positivity and glory to you and your entire family in the divine light of happiness, may you always shine like this Happy Lohri
  • May you enjoy Lohri with lots of singing and dancing, enjoyment and merriment…. Wishing you lots of smiles and success this Lohri.
  • Meethe gur mein mil gaya til,Udi patang aur khil gaya dil,Aapke jeevan mein aaye har din sukh aur shanti,Wish you a very Happy Lohri!
  • Isse pehle ki Lohri ki shaam ho jaye, Mera SMS auron ki tarha aam ho jaye, Aapko Lohri ki bahut bahut shubhkamnayein. Happy Lohri!
  • I pray that the fire of Lohri burns your sorrows to ashes. May your coming new year be filled with happiness and prosperity. Wishing you a delightful Lohri Happy Lohri
  • May the pious fire of Lohri end all the negativities around you and bring purity and positivity in your life…. Best wishes on Lohri to you and your family.
  • Sardi ki thartharahat mein,moongfali, rewari aur gur ki mithas ke saath,Lohri mubaarak ho aapko..dosti aur rishtey ki garmahat ke saath.
  • Lohri ki aag mein dehan ho saare gam, Khushiyaan aayein aap ke jeevan mein hardam. Happy Lohri !!
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