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Merry Christmas!! 3 weeks from now is a year long awaited Christmas eve. You can see all the streets and shops of every city filled with Christmas essence. Kids are much excited to the Santa Clause stories and are eagerly waiting to receive their Christmas presents.

People get to finish their work early and reaches home to plan Christmas celebrations. There is no one in the world who would simply pass Christmas without decorating their house with lights and Christmas tree. In addition to this, Christmas shopping takes most of the time away from planning it well. Regardless to all these above, selecting and posting greeting cards to friends & family consumes most of the shopping time.

No problemo! We have a hassle-free solution to ease your shopping experience. Interesting, fun way and very economic way of sending digital greeting cards to your family & friends. Try sending our video greetings, where you can personalize your card by using your own pictures and you can upload or record your own video, giving a personal touch to your wishes for free.

Doing so you will not only save on the cards, but also you contribute your part in saving mother nature. Do you know how many paper cards were sent on all occasions every year? FYI please take a look at the below infograph.

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With such huge purchase, can you imagine how many trees were cut down to produce such high number of cards?

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Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day has been a custom since 1863 and celebrated annually. The first thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrims(Plymouth settlers) after their first harvest in the new world as a token of thanks to god for his blessings. During the time of Abraham Lincoln as United States President, announced a national day of Thanksgiving to be celebrated on last Thursday of November month every year.

If there is one day in a year, where friends and family get together for a special meal, it is Thanksgiving. It’s a day filled with emotions implied in everyone’s life. Certain foods are traditionally served in this special meal. Of which, roasted turkey is a featured item in any thanksgiving meal. Mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, pumpkin pie are also served in Thanksgiving meal.

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Apart from Thanksgiving meals, this day goes on with parades in some cities and towns. Christmas shopping season starts with these celebrations. American football is also an important part of Thanksgiving celebrations.

This is the one festival, where family members and friends from different parts of the world unite to celebrate with joy and happiness. The one festival can’t be missed by anyone. Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel day of the year, and few may not make it to their destinations on time.

Organize this Thanksgiving meal well and make it interesting by sending video invitations to the guests. You can use the previous years pictures or a simple video explaining the guests of what you are planning on. Once the Thanksgiving Day is complete, you can send a Video Thank You note to the guest list along with the videos/ pictures taken by you.

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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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Autumn having arrived, one thing to speak about is fascinating fall weddings celebrated in Asian countries. A wedding in Asian countries especially in countries like India, has worldwide attention.  Whenever people hear about these Indian weddings, it leaves quite an impression. The celebrations are planned from months before the wedding date, joined by many friends and relatives of both bride and groom families to bless the couple.

The guest list ranges from no less than 500 and goes to above 2000 depending on the family’s financial and social status. The bride and groom family’s sit together to plan the wedding, starting from wedding place to the last ritual of traditionally handing over the bride to groom and his family and post wedding reception. Every bride and groom has a wish of celebrating their wedding in a unique way as no other celebrated in their families.

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The bride and groom families will be taking care of the wedding date, guest list, transportation, budgeting, catering etc., while the bride and groom select the wedding planner, decoration themes and wedding cards. Some go with scroll wedding cards, some with photo wedding cards, custom made wedding cards etc. Even after planning all these accordingly, there will be small glitches like guests missing the invitations, guests receiving invitations late due to the delay by messenger resulting in failure to plan the travel to attend the wedding.

This wedding celebration takes a most memorable place in the hearts of bride and groom families. Of all, bride and groom’s life-time event. They have this wish of celebrating in such a way as every guest gives the jaw dropping expression after seeing the wedding celebrations. So they are picky in choosing wedding planner, place, wedding jewelry, clothes, decoration themes, and especially wedding cards which gives the essence of their wedding to the guest right after taking a first look at it.

Brides and grooms now have a perfect opportunity that matches their desire to be unique with wedding video invitations to guests, giving the exact essence of your wedding with your own voice and video cards. It’s easy to create, innovative, Eco-friendly, less time to organize the guest list with RSVP, customizable with your personal video message and its fun.

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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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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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Birthday Parties became inevitable for all ages, especially for kids. Depending on where you live and how many guests you invite, it is becoming an expensive yearly event, an event which we tend to forget in annual budgeting. Its lot of fun to have birthday party for Kids. But just how much money does a typical birthday party cost?

For the purposes of estimation, I have collected the data from around 10 birthday party places in Rockville, Maryland, a city very close to DC. I took different venues, called each one of them and the average cost per birthday for 20 kids including the return gifts may vary from $450 to $600 depending on the venue. This does not include a special cake, extra decoration or food and drinks for parents. If you spend around $200 for the above which are unavoidable, it is coming to $800 for each birthday party. If we calculate this for 17 years, assuming that you don’t need to pay from 18 th birthday, it would cost around $13,600 for one child. Remember this does not include the gifts Kids need to take to the birthdays they attend.

According to the statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, parents will spend an average of $235,000 to raise a child born in 2011 to the age of 17. (And that’s not taking into account any savings for college). Housing, food, clothing, health care, child care, schooling and the list of compulsory expenses goes on and on. Optional or discretionary spending such as family vacations, birthday gifts and birthday parties are mostly extra. Just for birthday Parties till the age 17 for each kid would cost $13,600 which is almost 5.8% of the USDA’s estimate of $235000.

I came across a funny info-graphic on “Baby’s Birthday on a Budget” which I would like to share it with you. If you are spending on Invitations, I have a free goody for you. Send a Video Invitation for your’s kids next birthday using Inwiter. It is free and fun to create Video invitations and Thank You Notes. you can also greet other kids on their birthday using our Video Greetings feature.

As Geoffrey Fisher said “Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.”

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The World Music Day is celebrated annually on June 21 as musicians and music lovers around the world enjoy the day in their own way. Music plays a crucial role in everyone’s life. There are many different types, but all remains part of the original definition.

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Music is the expression of one’s soul and emotions. World music day keeps a thought afresh in the minds of the public that ‘Creativity Drives a Nation’. Continue reading Music – The Voice of Soul

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Video Invitations

Birthday became one of the most common events in every one’s life. When we think of a birthday, we tend to visualize balloons, candles, cake, food, beverages, flowers, gifts, restaurants, vacation spots and so and so forth. Irrespective of age, language, religion and geographical region across the world, in each country every day number of birthdays are being celebrated. Did you ever wonder about how many birthdays are being celebrated per day around the world?

Wiki answers took a good approach to estimate the number of birthdays celebrated per day. Take the world population and divide that by the number of days in a year and you get the number birthdays being celebrated. I would go one step further and bring the number bit closer to the reality by considering people who may not afford the celebration. As per World Bank Report around 1.22 billion people are living under poverty line in year 2010. If we do the simple math now, 7 billion is total population; around 1.3 billion may not be able to celebrate. It comes to 5.7 billion. Even if we take 70% of 5.7 it comes close to 4 billion. Approximately around 10,958,904 birthdays are being celebrated each day around the world. If we consider World Bank reports average life expectancy, each person could celebrate around 67 birthdays in his life.

Birthday, a beautiful life deserves to be celebrated with family and friends. What else can we do on a birthday, in addition to the cake, food, gifts and fun? We live in the world where we don’t have enough time to think or look back to see our achievements, journey and challenges. How about spending couple of hours or a day to review your social, personal and physical progress and could utilize birthday as a personal milestone every year. We can make it more casual and fun and can share and listen to other close friends and family. Here is the list we thought can be useful to review on or around birthday time.

Personal

  • A full length image – helps to compare from previous years
  • Height, weight , BMI and Foot Size (for Kids)
  • Medical, Dental appointments and other specialties if needed
  • Check the passport, driver’s license, visa expiration dates
  • Number of vacation days, countries and places visited previous year
  • Approximate number of books read
  • Number of movies watched in previous year
  • Comparison of BP, blood & urine test results
  • Life insurance and will validity
  • Days you spent with your kids alone
  • Days you spent with your spouse or fiancée alone

Social

  • Participation in charity associations or services which help community
  • Number of Facebook posts & Likes
  • Number of Tweets sent in an year
  • Number of new connections in LinkedIn

Professional

  • Certifications, Training, new subjects, technology learned in previous year
  • Carrier growth comparison from previous year
  • Performance review changes from previous year
  • Income & Salary changes from previous year

For your next birthday, create a personalized video invitation to invite your friends and family and have fun while using the birthday as a personal milestone.

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