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Halloween in the Nation’s Oldest City

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The city of St Augustine has its fair share of interests and celebrations in the paranormal and Ghost folklore. Be it the late night ghost tours or paranormal tour of the famous lighthouse, if you love the spookiness around, you will not be disheartened.

So when Halloween descends upon the lanes and by-lanes of the nation’s Oldest city (Yes you read that right), it is thronged by hundreds of ‘ghosts’, ‘spirits’, the weird and the crazy.

As per history and the internet – “Founded in 1565 by the Spanish conquistador (adventurer) Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the contiguous United States.”

The history and architecture of the city is as interesting and beautiful as the city itself, but I will keep that for another post.  This one is for Halloween!

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Kumartuli to Jacksonville

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Ma Durga crosses the Atlantic to shower her blessings on the residents of Jacksonville, Florida.

Jacksonville was my first place of stay in the US and I can easily call it my second home. So while all of my friends and family were enjoying the arrival of the ‘Mother and her Family’ in the City of Joy, I did not miss much of the fun, thanks to the efforts of so many people who made the Jax (as we lovingly call the city of Jacksonville) Durga Pujo possible.

This post is dedicated to their hard work and enthusiasm.

Thanks to Mayukh Da, for the write up.

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Indian Tricolour projected on New York’s iconic Empire State Building

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The Empire State Building …. The most Iconic of the Skyscrapers of the New York Skyline has a long history and tradition of its Tower Lights changing colors to recognize various occasions and events around the year.  On the 15th of August each year  the legendary Empire State Building projects the Indian Tricolor in honor of India’s Independence Day Celebration.

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Monsoon Melodies

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Monsoon is here and so are the thundering clouds and the accompanying rains. For long we have been relentlessly praying for this season, tired of the blazing heat from the unforgiving summer Sun.

This post is dedicated to the season of monsoon, it’s varying moods, colors and melodies from certain parts of the country as well as from the coziness and comfort of home sweet home.

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Ganga Arati at Bagbazar Ghat | Kolkata

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The Ganga Arati conducted at Chhote Lal Durga Prasad ghat (almost adjacent to Asia’s largest flower market – the Mullick ghat flower market ) – is probably the only place in Kolkata where you can perform the arati yourself.

But here at Bagbazar Ghat, for the last 5 years (started by Ganga Mission Welfare Society from the 22 nd of August 2010)  there has been taking place another form of the Ganga Arati – which resembles the Benarasi style( from the holy city of Benaras ), although on a smaller scale.

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Ganga Arati at Kolkata | Mullick Ghat

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Ganga Arati – a term synonymous with places like Haridwar, Hrishikesh and Varanasi has in recent years become quite an integral part of us – the people of the city of joy. Over the years evening prayers have been started at quite a number of Ghats along the Ganges.

But probably the only place in Kolkata where you can perform the Arati and not just witness it is the Chhote Lal Durga Prasad Ghat – almost adjacent to Asia’s largest flower market – the Mullick ghat flower market.

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Kolkata Poush Mela / Utsav 2014

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For a typical bong, Poush is not just the ninth month of the Bengali calendar but also the month of PithePuliPatishapta and not to forget Poush Mela. During this time of the year People from half way around the world and near visit shantiniketan, to witness the Poush Mela – a one of a kind festival that provides a window to the rural heritage and folk culture of Bengal.

However for those who could not make it to Shantiniketan this year had no reason to wear a gloomy smile on their cold smitten faces, as the City of Joy quite brilliantly celebrated a one of a kind ” Kolkata Poush Mela / Utsav “.

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