Today is the 168th birth anniversary of Annie Besant, a prominent British socialist, theosophist, women’s rights activist, writer and orator. She was also supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule. Google on its search page has created Annie Besant’s doodle to pay tribute on her birthday.
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List of laureates of Indian citizen, birth and origin, connections.
The Nobel Prizes are prizes awarded annually to individuals and organizations who make outstanding contributions in the fields of chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, literature, peace, and economics (established in 1968). From 1913 to 2014, only eight Indians (citizen, birth and origin) have won the Nobel Prize.
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Karva Chauth is a one-day festival celebrated by Hindu women in North India in which married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands. The fast is observed in the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, western Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. The festival falls on the fourth day after the full moon, in the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Kartik.
Renowned child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi wins Nobel Peace Prize.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” The winners this year were selected from a list of 278 nominees, the highest number of candidates ever.
Google doodles Malgudi Days to celebrate RK Narayan's 108th birthday.
Festival of the sacrifice celebrated in India on Monday, October 6, 2014.
Eid al-Adha (meaning Festival of the Sacrifice), also called the Feast of the Sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year with special prayers, greetings and gifts. The word Eid means solemn festival. Eid al-Adha is the latter of the two Eid holidays, the former being Eid al-Fitr. Eid al-Adha is called Bakr-Id in India due to the tradition of sacrificing a goat or bakr in Urdu.
Twelve famous pandals visited during Durga Puja in Kolkata.
Any Durga Puja celebration is incomplete without visiting the many different pandals (displays) of Goddess Durga, each with a unique theme. A major attraction during the festival, this activity is often referred to a Pandal Hopping. The magnificence of the festival is revealed in these twelve famous and extravagant Pandals in Kolkata, some modern and some traditional, that were worth visiting during Durga Puja in 2014.
The festival epitomizes the triumph of good over evil.
Durga Puja, also referred to as Durgotsava (Festival of Durga), is a famous Hindu festival marked by worship of Mother Goddess Durga over the last five days of Navratri, in the Ashwin month of the Hindu calendar. These five days are observed as Shashthi, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami and Vijayadashami. The festivities culminate on the tenth day on Vijayadashami when Durga idols are carried out in grand procession and immersed in the river or other water bodies.
The celebration of victory of good over evil.
The nine-day Navaratri festival culminates with the celebration of Dussehra or Vijayadashami (victory on tenth day). Dussehra is celebrated as the victory of Lord Rama over demon king Ravana of Lanka. Dussehra also commemorates the triumph of warrior Goddess Durga over the buffalo-headed demon called Mahishasura, giving the goddess her name Mahishasura-Mardini (the slayer of Mahishasura).