April 4th Qingming Festival

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Omnipotent , Omniscient and Omnipresent Lord Almighty
Created mankind to be ever grateful to the humans of
The present and past! We are here now thanks to our forefathers!
We invoke their grace and blessings though they are i their tombs.
Every country has its own culture, traditions and practices
Here is one by our neighboring country-corona will disappear soon!

Today fourth day of the fourth month -QUINGMING FESTIVAL DAY!
Qingming festival- Chinese families visit the tombs of their ancestors
To clean the grave sites, pray to their ancestors, and make ritual offerings.
Traditional food dishes, and the burning of joss sticks and joss paper.
The holy day  the traditional reverence of one’s ancestors in Chinese culture.
Being  observed by the Chinese for over two thousand five hundred years.

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SHIVAJI’S MEMORIAL DAY 3rd April.

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Great kings, valorous emperors, wise Ministers, wonderful scholars
My Mother India that is Bharath has given to us with honors
To keep the flag of a great country high through the ages
Wisdom and valor incarnate including preceptors, saints and sages!

Indian states from the days of yore contribute to its culture great
Roots of our culture and civilization lies in this- a spate
Of great and noble thoughts, words and deeds sustain our greatness
And will go on for millions of years to the gains of posterity.

Maratha Emperor Shivaji was one in this list of honor
Died this day third April in  sixteen hundred and Seventy Nine
Revered even today referred as Shivaji Maharaj
We pay our respects and seek his grace for our progress.

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Merciful Motherland

MERCIFUL MOTHERLAND – Envius Thoughts

 

Oh! My great country, India that is Bharath
Blessed with hills and dales, sky and earth
Strewn with streams and rivers, springs and lakes
Feeding lakhs of acres of arid land
In friendly climate and unfriendly weather
Vast stretch of Earth with different soils – a feather
Giving birth to apple orchards and mango groves
Grape gardens and banana groves
Pulses and cereals, paddy and wheat
Ever green fields up to horizon a treat!

On the hills and in the plains with dense forests
Crores of humans and millions of animals to rest
Getting food and shelter for thousands of years with zest
Forest wealth make our neighbors envy and test
Mines and rocks giving marbles and granite
Every thing to exploit and live in peace and plenty!

Fallow lands and barren strips on highland
Inaccessible forests and impregnable inland
Conquered and controlled to live in comforts
Extraordinary edifice of exemplary efforts!

My most Merciful Motherland!
Every inch of entire waste land with potential
If made to yield through magic of human efforts – essential
And make the dream of green revolution a sound reality
Bharath indeed will blossom into veritable Heaven!

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March 25th, Ugadi Day

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God created time and man made seconds, minutes, hours and days!
Auspicious days, weeks, months and years! To be at joy and happiness!
Years fixed scientifically based on astrology, astronomy!
Each religion and faith has its own for their followers to enjoy!

March Twenty Fifth today is the New Year Day  Ugadi in
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and  Maharashtra!
Festively on the first day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar
Month of Chaitra.falling in March or April of  calendar.

They draw colorful patterns on floor called kolamulus, Rangoli
Telugu-Muggulu. mango leaf decorations on doors called torana.
Buy and give gifts – new clothes, give charity to the poor,
Special bath followed by oil treatment, prepare and share pachadi,
And visit temples.pachadi has all flavors – sweet, sour, Salty,
Bitter, astringent and spicy hot- a symbolic reminder that one must
Expect all flavors of experiences in the coming new year.
Wishing all UGHADHI SUBHAKANKSHALU !

March 23,: Bhagat Singh’s Martyrdom Day

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Path to Indian freedom was quite long, painful and tedious
Leaders and workers in thousands sacrificed  their all in their lives
Many were not there to see the Nation becoming independent
We enjoy freedom at their cost not repaying our debt of gratitude !

One of the many revolutionary workers fighting for freedom
Was Shaheed Bhagat Singh -executed this day twenty third March
In Nineteen Thirty One. Born in nineteen hundred and seven
Sacrificed his life before twenty five years of age!

Socialist revolutionary whose two acts of dramatic violence
Against the British in India and execution at age twenty three
Made him a folk hero of the Indian independence movement
One was fatally shooting down a twenty one year Police Officer.
In December Nineteen Twenty Eight- John Saunders, in Lahore.
Singh was convicted and hanged in  when he was just twenty three.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh became a popular folk hero after his death.
Jawaharlal Nehru wrote that Singh  became popular because
He vindicated the honour of Lala Lajpat Rai and  the nation.
Let us pay our respect to that great nationalist on this holy day.

• March 21, World Poetry Day

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Poetry indeed a pleasant branch of literature in any language
Great mode of Expression of one’s feelings and emotions happy and otherwise!
POETRY World indeed a blessed world blessed with great and noble
Poets in all languages all over the world! Poetry lift the souls!

March Twenty First is the  World Poetry Day declared by the
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
“with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression
And increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard”.

Purpose is to promote  reading, writing, publishing and teaching of
Poetry throughout the world. to “give fresh recognition and impetus
To national, regional and international poetry movements”. we have quite a few.*

Let us recall with reverence the greats like Milton, Shakespeare, Keats and Shelly!
Barathiyar and Kamban, Ilango and Thikkanna, Valmiki and Kalidasa
Whose monumental poetic works will survive for centuries and centuries!
Let us train the young poets and encourage to work on poetry!

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  • Chennai Poetry Circle, India Poetry Circle, கவிஞர்கள் சங்கமம்  and other greats..

HOLY HOLI-9th March.

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Green in my memory is that HolY HOLI day when I was in Bikaner
On my tenure in Rajasthan leaving my wife and children at Coimbatore!
On invitation from colleagues and friends I enjoyed the celebrations
A song was sung-“HOLI AAYI HOLI AAYI’ RENUKA YAADH AAYI AADH AAYI”

Today March ninth is that Holy Holi day to happily celebrate in our
Colony here.a major festival celebrated at the end of the winter in
Month of March after the full Moon. A day before Holi a large bonfire
Is lit that helps in burning out the evil spirits and process is Holika Dahan.

On this holy day of Holika dahan, a special type of Puja is performed
To keep children and family members in good health and keep away from
All types of evils. people enjoy by splashing colors over each other and
Play with liquid colors. going on till the end of the afternoon and take delicious meals.

 

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