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Happy Uttarayan 2013

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Uttarayan Celebration

Uttarayan(known as Makar Sakranti in other parts of India) is the day when the sun starts to travel northwards marking the decline of winter. The days become longer, the skies clearer and the breeze cooler. Gujarat celebrates 2,000 festivals every year! Among these, the festival of Uttarayan is one of the grandest and stands tall. In Gujarat, Uttarayan is a holiday when every family can be met outdoors. People of all ages fly kites from dawn to dusk. Crowded rooftops, fun-loving rivalry to outdo each other in kite flying skills and delicious traditional Gujarati feast are the hallmarks of the day.

History & Significance:-The fascination and the revelry associated with the kite flying cuts across age groups, class and communities. Although, Uttarayan is predominantly a Hindu festival marking the awakening of the gods from their deep slumber, history has it that India developed a rich tradition of kite flying due to the patronage of the Kings and Nawabs who found the sport both entertaining and a way of displaying their prowess. Trained fliers were employed to fly kites for kings. Slowly, the art started becoming popular amongst the masses. Today, manufacturing of kites is a serious business. It attracts big names of the corporate world as kites provide for the most cost-effective opportunity for branding. The stakes are high and prizes for the competition grand.

Months before the festival of Uttarayan, homes in the localities of various cities in Gujarat turn into kite producing factories with all family members doing their bit in the seasonal cottage business. The paper and sticks are cut, the glue is stirred and thousands of kites are prepared in the market. The string is coated with a special glass powder and rice paste, all set to cut each other’s strings and knock down the kites. The size of the kite ranges from nine inches to three feet.
Members of various communities irrespective of cast and creed are engaged in the business of kites. Rich or poor, people enjoy this festival in their own ways. The aerodynamic skill, devotion and ingenuity that goes into the kite making and flying is almost a religion in itself, honed to the level of an art form, though it looks deceptively simple.

Uttarayan is the time to indulge in ceaseless amazement – in the most pulse racing kite competitions. There are kites and more kites, in all shapes and designs, but some stand out for their sheer size and novelty.
And the excitement continues even after dark. The nights see the arrival of the illuminated box kites, often in a series strung on one line, to be launched into the sky. Known as tukkals, these kites add a touch of splendor to the dark sky. What’s more, the day is marked with the traditional food/delicacy festival of Gujarat like the undhiyu (a delicacy of vegetables), jalebi (sweets), til ladoo (sweets made of sesame seeds) and chikki for the guests from different parts of world.

The International Kite Festival

Every year, the extraordinary fanfare associated with the paper works of art called kite brings people together from far and wide – be it from Japan, Australia, Malaysia, USA, Brazil, Canada and European Countries – to participate in the International Kite Festival.

–>Happy UTtarayaN to all my FrIeNd………………… enjoy with safety 🙂 make it memorable


Gujarat elections 2012: Approximately 60 percent of the 87 seats in the first round of voting


An average 53 per cent voting was recorded till 3 pm in polling across 87 seats in the first phase of Gujarat polls which will decide the fate of state political big-wigs like Keshubhai Patel, BJP’s R C Faldu and Congress’ Arjun Modhwadia.

“An average 38 per cent polling has been recorded till 1 pm,” Additional Chief Electoral officer Ashok Manek said.

Till 11 am, voter turn out on the 87 constituencies was a moderate 18 per cent, but in the following two hours, it increased to 38 per cent.

Even after noon, long queues were seen outside many polling booths as people were still coming to exercise their franchise.

In places like Kutiyana where Kandhal Jadeja, son of ‘God Mother’ Santokhben, is contesting on Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ticket, 36 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 11 am and officials were expecting a higher percentage of voting.

There were reports from some polling booths in Viramgam constituency, Sanand and Surat of malfunctioning of EVMs. Many people also complained that their names were missing from the electoral rolls.

The constituencies where polling started include 48 in seven districts of Saurashtra, 35 seats in seven districts of south Gujarat and four seats in Ahmedabad district.

Leaders like former Chief Minister and GPP president Keshubhai Patel, BJP state unit president R C Faldu, state finance minister Vajubhai Vala and state Congress president Modhvadia cast their vote in the early morning hours.

Gujarat Poll:Narendra Modi’s 3D campaign

modi 3D telecast

AHMEDABAD:Tech-savvy Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi on Sunday scored a first when he launched his election campaign for Assembly by addressing rallies in four cities simultaneously.

In his speech, telecast on specially erected screens in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat with the help of 3D holographic technology and satellite link-ups, Modi, who spoke from a studio in Gandhinagar, took on Congress for comparing him to “monkey” and “rats“.

He said he took pride in being called so, because both these creatures were “messengers of God“.

“Had Congress leaders studied Ramayana, they would have got a fair idea of ‘vanar shakti’ I accept the title given by them to me,” Modi said, while lashing out at Congress for using “foul language“.

During the recent election rallies, state Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia and Congress Rajya Sabha MP Hussain Dalwai had compared Modi to “monkey” and “rats”, respectively.

“Devotion and services of lord Hanuman are known globally….I have got the chance to serve Gujarat, so the six crore Gujaratis are like Ram to me, I am their Hanuman,” Modi said.

Further, he said, the Congress leader was unaware of significance of rats in the Hindu mythology. “Rat is considered to be vehicle of ‘vighn-harta’ Ganesh….I feel proud that with Lord Ganesh on my back, Gujarat faces no problems.”

Modi claimed that for the first time in the world an election campaign was being launched using 3D technology and telecast in four places.

“You are witnessing a unique and first-ever incident..,” he said.

His image, projected on screens in four places, was clear, but there were some technical glitches. Audio output was not available for a few minutes.

Narendra Modi Online Video Campaigns in 26 districts of Gujarat at a time through 3D Projection Techno

Gujarat Assembly Election 2012

Gujarat Election 2012

Gujarat Election 2012

The assembly election in Gujarat for 182 assembly constituencies (ACs) has been declared on Wednesday. It will be held in two phases, announced Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath in a press conference on Wednesday.
The CEC in a press release stated that the first phase polling for 87 ACs would be held on 13th December 2012 while the second phase voting for remaining 95 ACs would be held on 17th December.
The notification for the first phase of polling would be published on 17th November while for the second phase notification will be issued on 23rd November.
The final results of both phases will be declared on 20th December, added CEC.
The current assembly is going to expire on 17th January 2013.
According to CEC report, there were a total 37,815,306 in Gujarat till final publication of electors in which 99.18% have photo electoral rolls.
The electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used for poll exercise.
As much as 44,496 polling stations are likely to be established, as per election commissioner press release.
There will be official videography of any critical events go on at polling stations.
Here is a complete list of assembly constituencies where polling will be held phase wise.
PHASE – 1 (87 Acs)                                 PHASE – 2 (95 Acs)

39 – Viramgam
40 – Sanand
58 – Dholka
59 – Dhanduka
60 – Dasada (SC)
61 – Limbdi
62 – Wadhwan
63 – Chotila
64 – Dhargadhra
65 – Morbi
66 – Tankara
67 – Wankaner
68 – Rajkot East
69 – Rajkot West
70 – Rajkot South
71 – Rajkot Rural (SC)
72 – Jasdan
73 – Gondal
74 – Jetpur
75 – Dhoraji
76 – Kalavad – (SC)
77 – Jamnagar Rural
78 – Jamnagar North
79 – Jamnagar South
80 – Jamjodhpur
81 – Khambhalia
82 – Dwarka
83 – Porbandar
84 – Kutiyana
85 – Manavdar
86 – Junagadh
87 – Visavadar
88 – Keshod
89 – Mangrol
90 – Somnath
91 – Talala
92 – Kodinar (SC)
93 – Una
94 – Dhari
95 – Amreli
96 – Lathi
97 – Savakundla
98 – Rajula
99 – Mahuva
100 – Talaja
101 – Gariadhar
102 – Palitana
103 – Bhavnagar Rural
104 – Bhavnagar East
105 – Bhavnagar West
106 – Gadhada (SC)
107 – Botad
148 – Nandod (ST)
149 – Dediapada (ST)
150 – Jambusar
151 – Vagra
152 – Jhagadia (ST)
153 – Bharuch
154 – Ankleshwar
155 – Olpad
156 – Mangrol (ST)
157 – Mandvi (ST)
158 – Kamrej
159 – Surat East
160 – Surat North
161 – Varrachha Road
162 – Karanj
163 – Limbayat
164 – Udhna
165 – Majura
166 – Katargam
167 – Surat West
168 – Choryasi
169 – Bardoli (SC)
170 – Mahuva (ST)
171 – Vyara (ST)
172 – Nizar (ST)
173 – Dangs (ST)
174 – Jalapore
175 – Navasari
176 – Gandevi (ST)
177 – Bansada (ST)
178 – Dharampur (ST)
179 – Valsad
180 – Pardi
181 – Kaprada (ST)
182 – Umbergaon (ST)

Navratri Celebrations 2012

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Celebrate This Navratri with DataDiary

The celebration of Navratri garba is in the honor of the Goddess of power or Shakti. Since this festival is celebrated for a period of 9 days and that too in the night, therefore the festival is called Navratri. The word navratri in Sanskrit means 9 nights. ‘Nava’ means nine and ‘Ratri’ means night. 9 different forms of goddess are worshipped on each day. The celebrations in the night begin with the customary and traditional Aarti. The highlight of the festivities is the garba dance, which is performed by the people from all lifestyles. This usually goes on till about midnight. The dancers gather in the grounds hours before the event in order to get the best view from their place of sitting. The dancers are attired in the traditional dress,navratri costume and play navratri dandiya-raas with ‘dandiya’ or wooden sticks.

Navratri in Ahmedabad Gujarat

During the festival of Dandiya Raas Garba, the entire city of Ahmedabad looks like a beautiful sight. This is because the state government takes a lot of care and interest in the festival. The entire city is lightened up with small colorful lights. The last two days of the festival namely the eighth and ninth day are of prime importance. It is on those days that Devi Mahatmya is read to invoke her and seek her blessings. People, irrespective of the age take part in this holy recital.

Gujarat and especially Ahmedabad is a place to be during navratri as the Celebrations are mind blowing and extremely traditional.

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Have A Special And Memorable Nine Nights

World Animal Day: October 4th 2012

History of World Animal Day

World Animal Day, designated on October 4, has been historically celebrated since 1931 as a way of highlighting the plight of animals across the globe. Chosen on the date of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, it is currently celebrated in various ways throughout the world with no particular focus on nationality, religion, or political ideology. Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary (BCH) has chosen to celebrate our first annual World Animal Day as an educational forum.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Mohandas Gandhi.


World Animal Day 4 October – Be part of something special! Get involved and show you care about animals.

World Animal Day presents such a wonderful opportunity for everyone who cares about animals to stand united with animal advocates around the world in order to heighten public awareness of animal issues – an opportunity far too good to miss! Increased awareness of animal issues will lead the way to improved standards of animal welfare throughout the globe – and what an achievement that will be!

The official World Animal Day website was launched on 4 October 2003 and we’ve been overwhelmed by how quickly it’s growing to become an international success story for the animals. Last year, 730 events were registered with us covering 85 countries!

We promote World Animal Day (4 October) to encourage organisations, groups and individuals to get involved and do something special to highlight the importance of animals in the world. This is not a fundraising event for us! It’s a day which should benefit all those who participate in celebrating animals. World Animal Day belongs to everyone!

What will YOU be doing this year to show you care? You don’t have to work with animals to get involved. The website has ideas suitable for everyone, regardless of circumstances, finances, facilities, resources or time. It doesn’t matter how large or small your activity or event is – it’s getting involved that’s important.

If you care about animals, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to help make animal welfare issues front page news around the globe – a vital catalyst for change!

International Day of Non-Violence

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International Day of Non-Violence – 2nd October

On June 15, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared Oct. 2 of each year to be “International Day of Non-Violence” to commemorate the birthday of Mahatma Ghandi. Ghandi’s name is recognized around the world as synonymous with peace, and this day strives to further his philosophy through education and public awareness.

Most would agree that Mahatma Ghandi was a great and inspirational human being. Here are some interesting facts about his life that you may not have known:

* Ghandi spoke English with an Irish accent.

* Ghandi lived on a diet of fruit, goat’s milk and olive oil.

* Ghandi was heavily influenced by Henry David Thoreau, specifically when it came to his beliefs on Civil Disobedience.

* Ghandi never visited the U.S.