If it seems like there’s a never ending supply or festivals and celebrations in India, that’s because there is. If you want to know what’s happening, where, when and why, this article offers the answers.
There’s a never ending supply of festivals and celebrations in Delhi, so stripping this list down to just a dozen wasn’t easy. Here goes, these are the best of the best.
Fab India has opened a five storey experience centre in the capital, there’s an Old Delhi Food Festival at the India Islamic Centre, the World Press Photo Awards come to the capital and there’s a whole host of other stuff on as we say farewell to spring. Get stuck in.
On international women’s day we recognise a few of the amazing women from the India’s past and present that have dared to challenge and create new norms. Over to them.
If you want to know what a post is really like, then check out what’s been written independently by expats posted to different parts of the world.
Wondering what Maha Shivratri on Friday 24th February is all about and who Lord Shiva is? Here’s a 101 introduction to Lord Shiva, the Lord of Dance, the husband of Parvati, the father of Ganesha and the God that saved the world but turned blue in the process.
Facebook can a good friend for expats looking to hear about the experiences and insights of other expats. Here’s some groups offering hints and tips on a range of topics, from flats and furnishing to food and fun stuff.
From massive Kumbh Melas held at sacred waters all the way through to huge gatherings in the Himalayan range, India is a place where epic pilgrimages see millions of people on the move. Gaynor O’Flynn, an artist from the UK, presents Pilgrimage, an exhibition of her extensive personal pilgrimages in the Himalayan range.
India can be a culture shock when you first arrive. If you looking to connect with other expatriates for advice, friendship and some fun, these groups and networks could be just what you want.
There’s at least one festival or celebration happening every day in February, but we’ve focused in on the big ones and unbundled what happens to give you an idea of what’s going on, where and why. Want to know more? Read on.
The unfurling of a record breaking Indian flag, a cycle ride celebrating Delhi’s diversity, a fascinating discussion about demonetisation and the talents of Kautilya, India’s master strategist interested us this week. Delhi Cocktail Week, coming up next month, interests us too.
There’s too many books been written on India for this list to be anywhere near definitive – so we haven’t event attempted to do that. But these five books helped me to find me feet and figure out more about my surrounding when I first arrived in India
Who know’s how many festivals and celebrations take place in India each year, but if you want to know what happens, where, when and why, look here.
India is the birthplace of four of the world’s religions and home to many others. This page looks at India’s biggest religions and gives links to the main places of worship for each faith in the capital, New Delhi
Republic Day is on the way and Indian’s are getting ready to celebrate one of the biggest days of the year. Here’s why the 26th January is such a special day and a quick fire run down of Republic day facts.
A tradition focusing on personal spiritual development, Buddhists do not worship Gods but seek enlightenment following the truths told by the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, who lived in the sixth century BC
Coconut Jaggery that fights pollution, service charges at restaurants that no longer need to be paid, cleaning products made from holy cow urine, the expanding Delhi Metro and the great wall of India are amongst the stories that caught our eye this week.
Founded in the 15th century by Guru Nanak in the Punjab district, Sikhism stresses the importance of doing good and not only carrying out rituals.
An ancient religion offering its followers the chance to liberate their souls, the number of Jains is India is small but they exert powerful influence in politics, business and everyday life.
Christianity is the world’s biggest religion with around 2 billion followers who follow the teaching of Jesus Christ. India is home to almost 280 million Christians which is about 2.3% of the country’s population
Islam is the second biggest faith in India with 172 millions followers, making India home to more Muslims than any other state in the world apart from Indonesia.
One of, if not, the oldest religion in the world, Hinduism has no single founder, no single book or scripture and has no binding set of teachings. With so many different practices it’s difficult to pull together an catch all definition of what Hinduism actually is.
India is rich in many ways and when it comes to money the subcontinent can lay claim to some the world’s wealthiest. Here’s a who’s who of the wealthy and how they made their money.
Lohri is big. It’s bigger than Holi, the festival of colours, for many north Indians. With the sun at its furthest point from the earth, the Rabi (winter crop) harvested and the cold weather settling in, it’s time to celebrate nature’s bounty with loved ones and keep warm by the bonfire.
BBC journalist Sam Miller loves Delhi. He also loves walking. So, he decided to combine his two loves and set off on a spiraling walk around the city. The result is a rambling book about Delhi’s history, its beauty and its brilliant people.
An incredibly well researched book that shines a light on the power plays, the politics, the people associated with the independence movement in India. A masterpiece.
With so many brilliant books to his name, it was almost impossible to chose just one book from acclaimed UK historian and author, William Dalrymple. But in Nine Lives Dalrymple delivers something that’s really special.
Want to know what happened in the court of Shah Jahan in the 16th entury as his sons squabbled and fought for power? Well, you need to hear the story of Mubarak Ali, a trusted eunuch in Shahjahan’s court who travelled freely between the warring factions.
If you want to understand a country, get to know its people. In Incarnations – India in 50 Lives Sunil Khilnani tells the story of 50 great men and women who have helped make India what it is today
Meet some magical musicians who’ll transport you to the heart of India (and the Sindh). Sit back, relax and listen to the unique sound of incredible India.
Old shoes and flips flops hanging from cycle rickshaws and autos, green chillis and limes threaded together and adorning shop signs, aubergines placed around wedding gifts and black spots painted on the cheeks of babies. Wondering what on earth is going on? Here’s the answer
If you thought the biggest celebration in the Hindu calendar was Diwali you were right, but for Biharis Chaath Puja comes a very close second. Preparation starts today with the celebrations coming to a climax on the 5th and 6th November
Have you recovered from Diwali yet? Flashes, bangs and sweet eating will go on for a few days yet, but the end of the biggest festival in the Hindu calendar doesn’t signal the close of festival season.
The biggest celebration of them all is coming up and Dilliwalahs are busy cleaning their houses. Wondering why everyone is buying brushes and scrubbing furiously? This idiots guide will give you some sort of answer in just 200 words.
The biggest celebration of them all is less than a fortnight away, but what is Diwali (or is it Deepavali) all about? This idiots guide will give you some of the answers.
Ashura Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, starts on the 1st of October and ends on the 31st October. On the day of Ashura, the 12th October, the death of Husayn (Hussein), grandson of Muhammad is commemorated. The Karbala, Jor Bagh, South Delhi, was at the centre of the commemorations
For a fortnight in early October scenes from the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, were played out across India. Lord Ram and Ravana engaged in their final battle on the 11th. Who was victorious? You don’t know? Jai Sri Ram! Jai Sri Ram!
Delhi’s sizeable Bengali community celebrated Durga Puga in style last week. Bengal may be the festival’s spiritual home, but Bengali’s wherever they live don’t mess about when it comes to matters that involve Ma Durga.
Returning home to Dilli from the UK early last week, India didn’t waste a second in reminding me why I love her. A jam packed calendar of festival means that everything was suddenly full on. And it is not over yet. Diwali is coming.
Are you ready? You better be. Festival season is about to hit hard and fast. Here’s a run down of what’s on, when and where so you don’t miss out.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Gandhi ji, Bapu and simply the Mahatma, was a civil rights activist who successfully fought for India’s independence from British rule. He’s revered in India and around the world for good reason.
I met Sufi Sheikh Salim Chishti in the lanes of Nizamuddin Basti last week and had an eye-opening experience. When trying to sell me a dead starfish the Sheikh insisted on pushing a two inch blade behind his eye socket and forcing out his eyeball. You can say what you like, but there’s no denying that the Sheikh had an interesting sales technique.
It’s the 11th day of Ganesha Chaturthi and Hindu’s across India are getting ready to immerse the elephant headed god in lakes, rivers and seas. In praise of the remover of obstacles, here’s a rundown of what’s on Lord Ganesha’s CV.
Pinch, punch, it’s the first of the month. That means another month of religious celebrations, regional festivities and much fun is about to begin. This September my guide gives you the lowdown on three of India’s biggest and explains what’s happening, when and where you can to join in.
It’s Janmashtami (Lord Krishna’s birthday) and it’s time to celebrate. Today’s blog post pays tribute Lord Krishna on his birthday with some cows facts, some cow fiction and a some cow and bull photographs. Lord Krishna, the Lord of Love and an avatar of Lord Vishnu, frequently depicted playing a flute with a herd of…
Delhi is home to an impressive array of cool indoor museums and art galleries. When it’s swelteringly hot and too humid to go outside, why not learn about India’s rich history and discover the capital’s lively art scene?
A little Hindi goes a long way. When I open my mouth and make some sound that I think sounds like Hindi no-one mocks me. “Nice Hindi!” invariably comes the reply. The person then speaks to me in English and asks me what I want. I’ve found that Indian’s really enjoy the fact that I’m…
If I was told I had the choice of only one word to describe India, colourful might be the one I’d choose. Women, like the ladies in the photograph, wearing and washing brightly coloured saris at riverside ghats is a quintessentially Indian image. My life back in London town was black and white, but then…
The British are leaving India. On the 14th August 1947 Pakistan celebrates. Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the first Governor-General of Pakistan and Lord Mountbatten, the British Viceroy, parade through Lahore . The next day, Mountbatten is back in Delhi and alongside India’s first post independence Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. India arrives on the world stage…
Who are you calling an owl? Where I come from an owl is considered a wise creature. Telling someone that they are “a wise owl” is a compliment that’s well received. Tales and fables in many European countries and across North American have made sure that the owl has been recognised as a wise creature,…
Here’s a run down of Delhi’s finest books shops and where to find them.
Gandhi ji, also known as Bapu, Mahamta and the father of the Nation, was a civil rights activist who fought for India’s independence from the British. He’s revered in India and around the world for good reason. Gandhi inspired millions of ordinary Indians to stand up against British rule. His methods, non violence and actions…
Are you ready? I hope so. A busy few months of festivals and celebrations is about to begin. This month there’s five dates to mark in the diary. Namaste New Delhi’s guide will give you all the information you need to know about what’s happening, when, where and why. Here goes. Teej will be celebrated…
I’ve come into contact with many wonderful words and phrases since arriving in India. To prepone (to bring forward) and to do the needful (to do what is requested or required by someone) have entered everyday lexicon. Another new word that’s new to me is eveteasing. Eveteasing may sound a wonderful, but it’s not something…
Is that a naked man? Technically not. The gentleman in the photograph isn’t totally naked. If you look closely at his feet you can see he’s wearing a pair of black flip flops. But apart from his footwear he is butt naked. I took this photo from behind to save him, me and you any…
Whenever I go for a wander I always come across something that makes me stop and stare. It’s what makes living in Delhi such a special experience for me. Most of the time I’ve got no idea what’s happening or why. I spend much of my life confused, intrigued and frustrated. I want to know…
The Mughals are responsible for building many of the iconic architectural marvels that make India a massive draw for millions of tourists. The Taj Mahal, Humayuns Tomb, Agra Fort and Delhi’s Red Fort, all built by Mughal rulers, are so special that make it onto the UNESCO World Heritage list. I don’t know for sure,…
If you want to understand a country the best place to start is by getting to know its people. Sunil Khilnani, professor and director of the Indian Institute at Kings College London, is a man who knows a thing or two India and its people. He’s also knows how to tell a terrific story and…
“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated…