Bayanihan Festival- The Largest Filipino Festival in UAE

Silver girls, vibrant dresses, live competitions, stage shows, hefty crowds on a Friday morning in Dubai to celebrate Philippine’s largest festival in the Middle East, Banayihan. Bayanihan festival promotes core values, culture, kindness in the community. I am judging the Fruit and Vegetable Carving competition within the festival and seeing some of the great artists…

Thai Festival- Loi Krathong at Dusit Thani Dubai!

Dusit Thani celebrated Loi Krathong, a Thai festival at the pool deck yesterday. It is one of the most picturesque festivals of Thailand. Leaf baskets with flowers, candle and a coin are floated in the river in the night, the festival is celebrated on the night of the full moon. Krothang means basket, Loi Krathong…

Halloween at Rooftop Lounge Dubai!

It’s that time of the year when you smell pumpkins everywhere; the roads are deserted, hulking and scary winds blowing through the dark windows. Frankenstein, zombies, witches, and skeletons have transpired the land. Children are peeking through the windows and holding their breath to the horrific blowing noises. It gets spooky as soon as it’s…

Diwali- Festival of lights!

Happy Diwali everyone!!! Diwali is a festival of lights and one of my favorite festival. This is the time of the year, we spring clean our homes, throw the junk out and believe Goddess Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth and prosperity) will visit our homes. Goddess Lakshmi is very rich and abundant. It is believed…

Celebrating the culture away from home!!!!

You’re born in a country which is your motherland and then you travel to another continent to work, live and raise your kids. This new place is no less than a home to you. You try and adjust yourself with the surroundings, modify your lifestyle according to the norms but there is something inside you…

This is how Nainital celebrates Diwali !!!!

Diwali or Deepavali is the “festival of lights”, it is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated among Indians in India and abroad every year. Diwali is one of the largest and brightest festivals in India. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of good over evil. The preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but…

“Ganesha Sthapana/Visarjan and Faith/Myth”

“Vakratunda Mahakay, Suryakoti Samaprabh, Nivrvighnam Kurumedev, Sarvkayeshu Sarvada”!!!!! Lord Ganesha is loved by everyone, being the first God to be worshiped in Hindus, this deity is often called as Ganapati , Mangal Murty, Ekdanta etc by His followers. Ganesha is told to be obstacle remover; Hindus worship Him first before performing any rituals on every…

“Summer Festivities in Toronto, Fun and Entertainment”!

The best time of the year is finally here, outdoor fun, fresh air, splash pads, tents, camping, adventures, hiking, family time, road trips, longer days, daylight time, chirping birds, active bodies, barbecue, leash free parks, water guns, cheerful kids, bleeding knees, biking, scooters, roller blades, morning walk, evening walk, jogging, farmer’s market, beaches, backyard trampoline,…

Holi and Importance of Gujiya

“What’s travel without food and Holi without Gujiya”?? Holi is my favorite among all the festivals, very close to my heart indeed; it’s originated in Northern India but people in other parts also play with the same zeal and enthusiasm. It’s a festival of colors, love, happiness, friends and family. People forget their hatred and…