Holy Week-One of Important festivals of Christians

Holy Week is the last week of Lent, the week immediately preceding Easter or Resurrection Sunday. Holy Week begins with the sixth Sunday in Lent. This Sunday observes the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem that was marked by the crowds who were in Jerusalem for Passover waving palm branches and proclaiming him as the messianic king. Holy Week is observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate and enact the suffering (Passion) and death of Jesus through various observances and services of worship. Some church traditions have daily services during the entire week between Palm Sunday and Holy Saturday. However, usually only Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday are times of special observance in most churches.

Palm Sunday

In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of palm leaves (often tied into crosses) to the assembled worshipers. The difficulty of procuring palms for that day’s ceremonies in unfavorable climates for palms led to the substitution of boughs of box, yew, willow or other native trees. On the occasion of Palm Sunday, Christians thronged the churches in all parts of the state to participate in special masses and prayers, which marked the beginning of the Holy Week that commemorates the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem ahead of his capture and crucifixion. Palm Sunday, the final Sunday before Easter Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week. Palm Sunday was celebrated on March 28, 2010.

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, known as the Last Supper.Maundy Thursday, also known as “Holy Thursday”.Two important events are the focus of Maundy Thursday.First, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples and thereby instituted the Lord’s Supper, also called Communion.Second, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as an act of humility and service, thereby setting an example that we should love and serve one another in humility.Some Christian churches observe a foot-washing ceremony on Maundy Thursday to commemorate Jesus’ washing the feet of the disciples.The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word for “command.”Maundy Thursday refers to the command Jesus gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another.

Good Friday

Good Friday is a day of strict fasting and abstinence. Catholics who are over the age of 14 are required to refrain from eating any meat, or any food made with meat, on Good Friday.Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, commemorates the Passion and Death of Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross. No Mass is celebrated on Good Friday.Good Friday is the day on which Jesus was crucified.The Jewish authorities and Romans did to Jesus was definitely not good. However, the results of Christ’s death are very good, so Good Friday referred to as “good”.

Easter

Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar.Easter is a day of celebration because it represents the fulfillment of faith as Christians.On this Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For Catholics, Easter Sunday comes at the end of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and alms giving known as Lent. With the resurrection of Christ, God’s Kingdom is established on earth, in the form of the Church. Easter eggs one of important part of Easter festival. Easter eggs are special eggs given to celebrate the Easter holiday or springtime.The egg was a symbol of the rebirth of the earth in celebrations of spring and was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus.

2010

  • Palm Sunday (Oshana Sunday): 28 March 2010
  • Maundy Thursday : 01 April 2010
  • Good Friday : 02 April 2010
  • Easter Sunday: 04 April 2010
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Go out and vote in Bangalore BBMP elections March 28,2010

Jaagte Raho! is a non-partisan campaign to facilitate informed civic participation among India’s urban citizens. Janaagraha has teamed up with CommonFloor,an online application that provides a feature rich and private portal for your residential community to ensure all residents of Bangalore go out and vote in Bangalore BBMP elections on 28th March, 2010.

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Please remember that your name must be on the voter list for you to cast your vote on March 28  BBMP Election 2010. Janaagraha has teamed up with CommonFloor and brings to you a UNIQUE Citizen Reporting System where you can report any election irregularities like name not found on list, proxy voting, violence at polling booth or any other incidents violating laws.

Cast your vote and ensure that all your family members and neighbors go out and vote in this elections! Voting is your Right and Duty. Ensure all residents of your apartment complex go out and vote in Bangalore BBMP elections

Thousands of cities and towns to go dark for Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour.The campaign went global the following year, and this Saturday, March 27, more than 1,200 of the world’s best-known landmarks will kill their lights at 8.30pm Sydney time in what organizers describe as a “24-hour wave of hope and action.”

Now in its fourth year, the global campaign promises to be the biggest ever, organizers said, with thousands of cities and towns in 125 countries pledging to take part, despite last year’s failed climate talks. Icons including the Great Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower and China’s Forbidden City will be plunged into darkness on Saturday as millions take part in “Earth Hour”

Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday 27 March 2010 at 8.30pm. Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007 when 2.2 million people switched off the lights in their homes, offices and businesses for 60 minutes to make a point about electricity consumption and carbon pollution. Earth Hour is organized by  WWF. With almost 5 million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries, it’s one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations.So now’s the time to take a stand and give world leaders the mandate they need to make the right climate deal.

Japan’s heritage-listed Hiroshima Peace Memorial, one of few buildings to survive America’s 1945 atomic bomb attack, will take part, while major companies including Sony, Sharp and Asahi were to switch off across Tokyo and in Dubai, the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa tower, will also dim its lights. “It’s one hour, one day, one year. We’re not saving the planet by turning the lights off for one hour.What you are doing is adding your voice to a global call for action.” said Earth Hour founder Andy Ridley.

Reference:

Times of India

JAAGTE RAHO campaign to ensure all residents of Bangalore go out and vote

Jaagte Raho! is a non-partisan campaign to facilitate informed civic participation among India’s urban citizens. Janaagraha, a not-for-profit institution started in December 2001 has teamed up with CommonFloor,an online application that provides a feature rich and private portal for your residential community to ensure all residents of Bangalore go out and vote in Bangalore BBMP elections on 28th March, 2010.

In case you wish to BE THE CHANGE, you can run an effective door-to-door campaign in your own society / neighborhood, and ensure that all your neighbors go out and vote in these elections! Download guide to organize a neighborhood door-to-door drive.

You can check the affidavit details (education, assets, criminal records) of the candidates contesting from your ward and You can also be a part of the following “Know Your Candidate” events being held across Bangalore:

  • Ward 7- Byataranayapura

Date and Time: March 23 (Tue), 4:30pm
Venue: Vinayaka Sunrise School, Coffee Board Layout, Near MK Ahmed Stores, Kempapura.

  • Ward: 112-Domlur

Date and Time: March 24 (Wed), 4:30pm
Venue: Domlur club, Domlur

  • Ward: 34-Gangenahalli

Date and Time: March 24 (Wed), 5pm
Venue: Staff institute, DGQA Residential Complex near Para School, Mekhri School,Opp. HQ training command, airforce, Bangalore- 560032

  • Ward 6: Thanisandra

Date and Time: March 24 (Wed), 4:30pm
Venue:Kenneth George English School, Bhuvaneshwari Nagar.

To volunteer with Jaagte Raho! campaign or for further details,
call at (080) 41277105.
visit: http://www.janaagraha.org/

Contact Janaagraha

Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy
4th Floor, UNI Building, Thimmiah Road
Vasanth Nagar; Bangalore – 560052
Email: info@janaagraha.org

Source: blog.commonfloor.com/bangalore-bbmp-elections-28th-march-2010

Ram Navami is dedicated to the memory of Lord Rama

Ram navami occurs in the month of March. The festival is dedicated to the memory of Lord Rama. Lord Rama is a legendary figure, the epitome of all that is good and true. Bhajans praising the exploits of Lord Rama, his devoted wife Sita, loyal brother Lakshman and devotee Hanuman are sung.

The house is swept clean and pictures of Lord Rama, Lakshman, Sita and Hanuman are put on a dais in preparation for the puja. Celebrations begin with a prayer to the Sun early in the morning. Some people choose to fast on this day. It is considered auspicious to undertake a fast on the day in the name of Rama. The more devout fast for nine days, from Ugadi to Rama Navami. Eating fruit, root vegetables of any kind, Curd, tea, coffee, milk, and water are also permitted on fasting days.

Lord Rama is not just a hero, but has been given the status of a god by the Hindus. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that his birth is celebrated year after year with great pomp and enjoyment. Rama is also known as Raghunatha, Raghupati, Raghavendra, Raghunandana etc and all these names begin with the prefix Raghu. Raghu means Sun and Rama’s dynasty considered themselves to have descended from the Sun. This could have led to the tagging on, of Rama’s birthday to a festival devoted to the sun. According to legend, Rama was born at noon. Rama is the epitome of perfection, the uttama purusha, fulfilling all his duties towards both family and subjects.

Everyone participates in the puja by first sprinkling the water, roli, and aipun on the pictures or idol of Lord Rama and then showering handfuls of rice on the deities. Then everybody stands up to perform the arti at the end of which ganga jal or plain water is sprinkled over the gathering. In northern India especially, an event that draws popular participation is the Ramnavami procession. The main attraction in this procession is a gaily decorated chariot in which four persons are dressed up as Rama, his brother Laxman, his queen Sita and his disciple Hanuman. Many places in North India host fairs in connection with the festival and festival ends with distribution of prasad among all the people who have gathered for worship. Some temples even offer Annadanam. The word ‘Annadanam’ means ‘free feeding of people’. It is usually conducted in temples and ashrams. It is believed that listening to the story of Rama cleanses the soul and chanting his name is believed to ease the pains of life and lead one to moksha, or liberation.

Ugadi and IPL 3- India again in festival mood

Ugadi festival and IPL T20 brings India into festival mood. People are busy in shopping for Ugadi festival where as cricket fans are eagerly waiting for their DLF IPL cricket match. Ugadi is celebrated with festive fervor in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

People splashing fresh cow dung water on the ground in front of their house and drawing colorful floral designs are a common sight in every household during Ugadi. Ugadi festival is a season for raw mangoes spreading its aroma in the air and the fully blossomed neem tree that makes the air healthy.It is believed that Lord Brahma started creation on this auspicious day.

Special pooja are conducted in homes and temples. On the day people wishes relatives and friends with sweets and gifts.Women in home prepare special dishes with mixture of jaggery, neem and mango called “bevubella” or “Ugadi pachchadi”.

The much awaited IPL is back with a bang. This year the DLF IPL 3 will be played in India and starts today Friday, March 12, 2010 with a grand opening ceremony. The IPL 2010 is expected to become the world’s most viewed sporting event.The IPL 2010 Twenty20 match tickets are priced between Rs.400 to Rs.4000 depending upon the availability and the the teams playing the match.The Set Max TV channel will telecast the live opening ceremony and IPLT20 match of the DLF IPL 3.The opening ceremony of the DLF IPL 2010 twenty 20 promises breathtaking performances by a a number of Bollywood celebrities as well as International artists.

Villagers Put TIGER CUBS To Death

Even as India struggles to keep its tigers alive,two cubs were found dead, allegedly poisoned by villagers. In a shocking incident, on the outskirts of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve on Sunday, two 17-month-old cubs were found dead. Forest officials said it could have been revenge by the villagers, upset over the killing of their livestock.With the death of the cubs, the worst fears over the growing tiger population and their shrinking habitat leading to their killings have come true.

Officials say that such incidents may happen again, as straying of tigers from the over-populated reserve was expected. The tiger population in Ranthambore reserve has now come down to 39, which has capacity for only 30.“It’s not a case of poaching as the body parts were intact. It appears to be a case of revenge killing,’’ said Rajasthan’s chief wildlife warden R N Mehrotra.

Forest officials said they found carcasses of two goats from the place where the dead cubs were found. “Prima facie it appears that the tigers ate the goats that were set as bait and got poisoned. The tigers had vomited,’’ the official said. Officials recovered their carcasses and conducted a post-mortem. The viscera has been sent for forensic test and the bodies have been burnt.

Source: Times of India