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The festival “Diwali” also called “Deepavali” in rural India which means “Row of Lamps” is a Hindu festival which starts on Dhanteras, which usually falls after eighteen days after Dussehra festival. According to Gregorian calendar, Diwali festival is observed between mid-October and mid-November.

This festival originated in Treta Yuga(era), after the victorious battle by lord Rama over the demon Ravana , returned to his kingdom Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana. To mark the return of their king lord Rama, people of Ayodhya lit their city with millions of earthen lamps. Since then, this day is celebrated as Deepavali or Diwali in India.

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Diwali is one of the most important festivals of Hindu’s and is celebrated by wearing new clothes, sharing sweets with friends and family members and also by performing traditional activities such as lighting small clay lamps filled with oil to denote the victory of good over evil. These clay lamps are lighted during the night to welcome goddess Lakshmi into their homes. Also firecrackers are burst in homes which believed to drive away evil spirits.

Recently on October 30th, the first-ever Diwali festival was celebrated at the US Congress amidst chanting of Vedic mantras by a Hindu priest. This occasion was also used to highlight the significance of Indian-US relationship.

Below is a video from the white House, our beloved current president of United States, Mr. Barack Obama spoke few words about the importance of Diwali and conveys Diwali wishes to everyone.

Especially, kids love to enjoy this festival to the fullest by bursting firecrackers. To make this Diwali more memorable, there are few Do’s and Don’ts you need to consider the most.

Do’s:

1. Make sure your light fireworks outside the house to avoid fire accidents inside home.
2. Give safety and first aid instructions to your kids before you let them to play.
3. Let your kids to play in your eye sight and keep an eye on them to keep them out of trouble.
4. Remove all the flammable materials in your surroundings before you start lighting firecrackers.
5. Strictly wear well-fitted clothes. Wearing loose flowing clothes have high chances of catching fire.
6. Keep fire extinguishers and a bucket of water in your surroundings as a safety measure.
7. Light a fire cracker and quickly move away.
8. In case of failed fire crackers, do not rush immediately to light it again. Wait for 2 minutes or leave it for later.
9. Keep infants inside a closed room away from sound and smoke.
10. Make a note of emergency numbers to call in case of any emergency.

Don’ts:

1. Do not try or allow your kids to light fire crackers holding in hands.
2. Do not point fire crackers like rockets towards houses.
3. Do not light more than one fire cracker at a time.
4. Do not bend over the crackers after lighting them to check if they have been ignited.
5. Do not wear nylon or synthetic cloths while lighting fire crackers. Cotton clothes are the best ones to prefer.
6. Do not light fire crackers in the middle of the road.
7. Do not keep candles or clay lamps near your firework stuff.
8. Do not carry fire crackers in your pocket.
9. Do not handover any high potential fire crackers to kids.
10. Do not let your kids to eat while playing fire crackers.

So my dear masses, keeping safety in mind enjoy yourself with your family and friends making this Diwali celebrations a safe and injury free.

Share the joy of celebrating this Diwali by sending video greetings with wishes and blessings to your near and dear ones. May this Diwali bring you loads and loads of happiness.

We wish you and your family a Happy & safe Diwali – Team Inwiter.

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Dussehra also known as Vijayadashami is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated in various forms across India, Nepal and Bangladesh. The name Dussehra origins from Sanskrit literature Dasha-hara which means removal of ten denoting lord Rama’s victory over the ten-headed demon king Ravana. This day also notices the triumph of Goddess Durga Devi over the demon Mahishasur, the king of asuras.

The word Vijayadashami is also originated from Sanskrit literature “vijaya-dashmi” which means the victory on Dashmi (the tenth lunar day of the Hindu calendar). This festival is celebrated on the tenth day of the month Ashwin according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar which matches to September or October of the Gregorian calendar. The first nine days were celebrated as Maha Navratri (nine nights) or Sharada Navratri(the most important Navratri) and the tenth day as Dussehra.

In India, this is the beginning of the harvest season. Harvesting new crops begins with rituals and religious performances which are believed to regenerate the soil. People of Hindu religion have social gatherings and offers food to the gods at home and in temples throughout India.

Story of Dussehra:

This began in Treta Yuga(era), Lord Rama also called Shri Ram, the seventh avatar of lord Vishnu, who was exiled by his father Dasharatha for fourteen years on demand of kaikeyi (one of the three wife’s of king Dasharatha) who wished to pass the throne to her son Bharata (brother of lord Rama). Obeying his father’s orders, lord Rama with his wife Sita and his devoted brother Lakshmana left the kingdom.

One day on their exile journey, Sita has been abducted by the demon Ravana who came in disguise and tricked Sita to cross the rekha( line drawn by lakshmana for the safety of Sita in their absence) and took her to his kingdom of lanka, which is now known as Srilanka. Lord Rama and Lakshmana began a quest to get back Sita from the demon Ravana. Lord Rama, lakshmana and their loyal follower Hanuman and an army of monkeys fought a great battle to rescue Sita by killing the great demon Ravana.

This day marked as a very special importance in the history of Hindu religion, the day evil forces got defeated by the good. People celebrate this festival with joy and happiness. The celebration begins with the prayer to Shami/Jammi tree. This also marks a very important day in their history.

In way back to Dvapara Yuga another era after Treta yuga, there lived King Pandavas (five acknowledged sons of Pandu and Kunti) lost to Kauravas in a game of dice, had to spent twelve years of Vanawas (exile to the forest), followed by a year of Agnyatawas. During this final year, Pandavas hid their weapons in a hole on a Shami/Jammi tree to hide their identity. Since that day, Shami trees and weapons have been worshiped and the exchange of Shami leaves on Vijayadashami has been a symbol of good will and victory.

In the evening after the prayer to the tree, the younger ones places the Jammi leaves in the hands of elders and takes their blessings. After that, all together go to the nearest social gatherings to watch the show where the Ravana’s idol is destroyed by fire.

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Send video greetings to your near and dear ones wishing them a happy and prosperous Dussehra. Capture your festival moments with your family members and make a memorable video greeting and share among your dear ones.

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Onam is the biggest and most important festival in the state of Kerala, India. It is a harvest festival celebrated with joy and excitement by the people of all communities all over the state for 10 days. It is believed that Onam celebrations are started from the time of Kulasekhara Perumals (800 A.D). The Onam festival falls during the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam calendar (Kollavarsham). This corresponds with the months of August-September according to Gregorian calendar.

This festival is celebrated to welcome their king Mahabali from Patala ( the underworld), whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam. Nambudiri Brahmins of Kerala are the most spirited about Onam celebrations as they credit it’s origin to their own community. Continue reading Onam: Harvest Festival

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Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrated as the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi.

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As per Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha is considered as “Vighana Harta” (one who removes obstacles) and ‘Buddhi Pradaayaka” (one who grants intelligence). This festival is very important for students, they worship Lord Ganesha to light u their minds. Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as “Vinayaka Chaturthi” (festival of Lord Ganesha) is celebrated on Shukla Chaturthi (4rth day of the waxing moon period) of the Hindu month of Bhaadrapada (usually falls between 19 August and 20 September). Continue reading Ganesh Chaturthi

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You love your parents– mom, dad, step parents. We celebrate those special bonds on their perspective holidays. But there are other special familial relationships we cherish. Grandparents’ Day is September 8th–this Sunday. It’s time to really think about and even start creating your Grandparents’ Day video greeting cards.

Unlike traditional greeting cards, you can wait until the day before or day of to create and send your grandparents that special hello. So you can do it today, tomorrow, or Sunday. Plus, it doesn’t cost you anything. Using Inwiter is free.

Grandparents’ Day video greeting cards should be customized. You can do this several ways.

  1. You can upload a video–one from previous outings with your grandparents or with all the grandkids, or one that you made specifically for this Grandparents’ Day. 
  2. You can create a video via Inwiter and attach a special message. Inwiter has a tool that enables you to create a video message on the spot. It’s great for something quick.
  3. You can upload up to 5 images and create your video greeting. Images can be of special moments shared throughout the year, of the grandkids, etc.

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You can also add music and backgrounds your Grandparents’ Day video greeting. It just makes it really special. You can create separate greetings for each grandparent or send them the same one. Either way, it’s special.

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Rosh Hashanah (“head of the year” in Hebrew) is the Jewish New Year. This day is said to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of the mankind’s role in god’s world. This day is the first of the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”) usually occurs in the early autumn of the northern Hemisphere.

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Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of Tishrei. According to Hebrew Calendar, Tishrei is the first month of the civil year and the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year.

Continue reading Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year Eve

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La Tomatina is a food festival celebrated on the last Wednesday of every august in the town of Bunol near to Valencia in Spain, a town located 30 km from the Mediterranean. People from all corners of the world visit this city to fight in the “World’s Biggest Food Fight” where more than forty metric tons of over-ripe tomato’s are thrown into the streets.

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It was started in 1940’s. There are many theories on how this festival is originated. Some say it began with a local food fight between two friends, a practical joke on a musician etc. One of the most popular theories is that this town people attacked city councilmen with tomatoes during a town celebration. No one is certain about it’s real cause. Anyways, whatever happened to start this tradition, people are enjoying this festival very much and repeatedly celebrating year on year. This is a week-long festival celebrated with music, parades, dances and fireworks. On the day before the fight, paella cooking contest is organized.

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The rules were simple for this food fight:
1. Don’t bring hard objects as they may hurt other participants.
2. Don’t rip other people’s T-shirts.
3. Squash the tomatoes before throwing them.
4. Maintain safe distances from the trucks, and give a way to go forward.
5. Have to stop throwing tomatoes one you hear the second shot.
 

Every year there is a rise in the number of visitors coming to Bunol to take part in this festival. Last year it was reported to be 50,000. Due to the increase in no.of visitors every year, the excellence town hall of Bunol has decided and introduced a limit to the number of people who can participate in this festival and also added a €10 ticket tax.

So taking part in this is not so easy now. Have to be lucky to get tickets. Many have been to this festival earlier and bagged memories worth life time. Few might be planning this year. Extend the joy of celebrating La Tomatina festival with inwiter’s new features.

Video Greetings:

Share your memories at La Tomatina festival with your family & friends by creating a video greeting and sharing it on your facebook profile page.

Save the date card:

Send a save the date card to your family & friends inviting them to participate in this La Tomatina festival with you.

Thank you card:

Send a video thank you card showing your gratitude for inviting you to this festival.

” Tener un tiempo memorable en La Tomatina “
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Did you know that August 21st was Senior Citizens’ Day in the USA? It probably went unnoticed since it’s one of those unofficial holidays. Celebrating Seniors Citizens’ Day was the work of the late President Ronald Reagan. It was supposed to remind all of us to spend time with our elders.

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We get caught up in our own lives that it’s easy to forget to call or check on our grandparents, elderly neighbors and family members. Continue reading Celebrating Seniors: Using Video Greetings for a Smile

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Raksha Bandhan means “The Bond of Protection” is a Hindu festival celebrated by Indians all over the world. On this day, sisters tie a silk thread called “Rakhi” on their brother’s wrist and pray to god for the well-being of their brothers and brothers make a promise to their sisters to protect them from all possible harms and troubles throughout their life.

This Rakhi has a historical importance. The Rajput queens (Rajput’s ruled India in 12th century) practiced this custom of sending Rakhi’s to the neighboring rulers as a token of brotherhood. This shows sister’s love & prayers for brother’s well-being, and brother’s taking lifelong vow to protect her. According to Hindu lunisolar calendar, this festival is celebrated on the full moon day (Shravan Poornima) of Shravan month. However, there is another belief said by one Islamic scholar who believes this Raksha Bandhan grew in popularity after Rani Karnavati, the widowed queen of chittor, sent a rakhi to the mughal emperor Humayan (in 15th Century) when she required his help.

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In present scenario, this festival has a different perspective. The festival of Raksha Bandhan occupies all forms of Raksha or protection, and destroying all sins. This religious rite of tying Rakhi has become so important that brothers and sisters visit each others places bringing unity among the family, binding the family all together in emotional bond of love.

Send video greetings to your sisters with your blessings and personalized video messages saying how much she means to you in this whole wide world and the oath you took on this occasion to protect her throughout her entire life.

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Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The word Ramadan roots from Arabic literature “ramida” or “ar-ramad”, which means scorching heat or dryness. Muslims all over the world observe this as a month of fasting. Muslims believe in this month, god shows himself to humans as this is the month in which first verses of Qur’an were revealed to Prophet Mohammed.

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In the month of Ramadan, practicing Muslims were instructed to pray 5 times a day and from dawn to dusk they should not eat or drink or smoke or have sexual activities. As the sun goes down, people will start eating again (breaking the fast). This meal is known as “Iftar”. In countries like Dubai, markets open after Iftar and stay open all the night. This usually continues for thirty days sometimes twenty nine days depending on the visual sightings of the crescent moon.

This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Fasting is meant to teach patience and allowing them to think about how the poor and homeless suffer without enough food. In Arabic countries, It’s been said that fasting, praying, reading Qur’an and giving charity strengthens their faith, teaches them discipline, gratitude, and humbleness, and in short, makes them a better Muslim. According to Islam, the thawab (rewards) of fasting are many, and during the month of Ramadan it is believed to be multiplied.

Below is an info graphic chart on Ramadan festival.

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At the end of the month, they celebrate Eid-Al-Fitr (In Arabic: عيد الفطر‎,”Festivity of breaking the fast”). On this special occasion, send video greetings to your loved ones, family members and friends wishing them Ramadan wishes and blessings of good health, peace, happiness, and prosperity.

 

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