Nepal Festival in Melbourne

Nepal Festival in Melbourne

How do you describe in one word, the people from a country located in the Himalayas and is home to eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest?  The answer is ‘Beautiful’.  The beauty that is distilled from the village charm and the soft nature – Men in Bhadgaunle cap or Dhaka Topi […]

African Cultural Festival in Melbourne

African Cultural Festival in Melbourne

Thus goes an African Joke.  Black is beautiful. But Africans are definitely not aware of that. A recent study by the University of Cape Town suggests that one woman in three in South Africa bleaches her skin.  The perennial inferiority complex about their skin color has pushed the African Community living in  Western countries to  […]

Polish Festival in Melbourne

Polish Festival in Melbourne

The Central European Country; Poland has been invaded or fought for freedom in insurrections 43 times from 1600 to 1945. In its modern history it was under the communists for nearly four decades. The people of Poland, even in their wildest dreams would have never imagined that thousands of miles away in India, the communists […]

When Australia observed Mexico’s day of remembrance of the dead

When Australia observed Mexico’s day of remembrance of the dead

Day of the dead is a ritualistic celebration of Mexico to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. This is similar to the Indian ritual of Vavu bali which Malayalees (Keralites) engage in on no moon day in the month of Karkidakam ( Georgian Calendar it can be anywhere from July […]

Bandi Chhor Divas in Melbourne

Bandi Chhor Divas in Melbourne

Melbourne celebrated Bandi Chhor Divas at Presidents Park, Wyndham Vale on 29th October 2016. This is the first time; Melbourne has witnessed recreation of Punjab in its soil almost in entirety. It was a full scale display of Sikh lifestyle precipitating around four hundred years of existence of Sikh religion and its struggles for survival. […]

This is how Melbourne Celebrated Deepavali in 2016

This is how Melbourne Celebrated Deepavali in 2016

For the past few years, my Diwali celebrations narrowed down to attending Federation Square and Sandown Park Deepavali extravaganzas in Melbourne. Specifically, on those days, I dutifully get up early in the morning as if I am the organiser and head for the festivities though it begins after mid-day. But this year it was a […]

Dussehra at Rockbank Durga Temple in Melbourne

Dussehra at Rockbank Durga Temple in Melbourne

Two freeways and forty-two minutes later, through the Caroline Springs housing estate, when I reached Rockbank Durga Temple, a Crain was lifting up Ravan’s effigy for burning up later.  Myself, a frequent visitor from the days of its makeshift existence, the temple has come a long way – thanks to the selfless services of volunteers […]

Navratri brings Garba and Dandia in Australia once again

Navratri brings Garba and Dandia in Australia once again

Navratri symbolises the victory of good over evil and how else to celebrate it, without dance, music and loads of fun. The legend behind the celebration is; Goddess Druga’s victory over Demon Mahishasura.  Winner always writes the history. The winner differentiates and decides the good bad and the evil for the rest of us, who […]

The Tesselaar Tulip Festival in Melbourne

The Tesselaar Tulip Festival in Melbourne

Rain soaked Melbourne during the first half of September this year. I marked my calendar well in advance so that I won’t miss the fabulous four-week floral extravaganza of Silvan – The Tesselaar Tulip Festival. It rained cats and dogs the whole week and I was afraid, it could derail all my plans.  Fortunately defying […]