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HAPPY HOLI TO THE WORLD from Deepak Abha Serena and Sammy
22 Mar 2013 Hindustan Times (Mumbai) my beautiful daughter SERENA MENONs article in her own FRIDAY Column "LAST ORDERS" today IS PASTED BELOW AND A HAPPY HOLI FROM ME AND ABHA TO YOU ALL TOO - you all can read it in the HT Cafe edition of the Mumbai Hindustan Times too and wish her too at email@example.com.
Have a Holi good time
It’s a festival that involves colour, water and general merriment. And to top that, in India, it has an all-permitting tagline that says ‘bura na mano, Holi hai’ (don’t take offence, it’s Holi). Put Holi and that anything goes tagline together, and there’s bound to be trouble. Nonetheless, Mumbai is busy preparing. After all, it is that one day of the year when all boundaries fade and celebration is all that is on everyone’s mind.
Holi parties are incomplete without Mr Bachchan’s song, ‘Rang barse’ Delicacies are being cooked. Get-togethers are being planned. Mud pits are being dug up. Relationships with friends who have gardens and running water — the most-wanted commodities in this city and state, currently — are being rekindled. Sangria recipes are being tried and tested. Beer is being stocked for that roving gang of strangers that’ll eventually come to your house if you’re the one with the garden. Thandai is also being arranged, of course. Veterans say the secret of sourcing great thandai lies in buying it from the places that make it the freshest.
In pursuit, last year, I was directed to an eatery at Linking Road in Bandra. I was told to ask for a bottle of thandai discreetly. “Smile” was the invaluable tip. The sardarji owner responded positively and assured me his thandai was the best money could buy. The sales pitch that followed, sealed the deal. He had three flavours — Master Blaster, UPA government and Rahul Dravid. “Dry fruits se strength badhti hai, yeh sab strong parties hai ji,” he said. Correct. I went for the Master Blaster, obviously. And the thandai was great; very strong party.
The best part about Holi is that if you don’t look like a troublemaker, you’ll find yourself a celebration to be part of. Last year, a few friends and I happened to find ourselves at a certain Bollywood director’s party in Andheri. The music on the playlist comprised Amitabh Bachchan classics mostly. Some women in chiffon saris in the fake rain were doing their thing. It was interesting Unlike the rest of the year, when you usually even avoid eye contact with your neighbour in the elevator, this one day, you tend to go all out. Maybe it’s the comfort of anonymity, hiding under the colour, or maybe it’s just the freshness of the thandai taking over. It’s great, however you look at it.
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A HAPPY HAPPY EASTER FOR EVERY ONE IN THE WORLD - CELEBRATE TODAY WITH DANCING AND SINGING!
And here is something really interesting about Easter from Wikipedia!
List of dates for EasterFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The date of Easter varies in a manner too complicated to summarize in a simple formula, and in most years differs between the usage of Western and Eastern Christianity (and the usages of the countries where they are respectively more influential).
Following the Council of Nicaea, the date for Easter was completely divorced from the Jewish calendar and its computations for Passover. Thereafter, in principle, Easter fell on the Sunday following the full moon that follows the Northern spring equinox (the so-called Paschal Full Moon). However, the vernal equinox and the full moon were not determined by astronomical observation. Instead, the vernal equinox was fixed to fall on the 21st day of March, while the full moon (known as the ecclesiastical full moon) was fixed at 14 days after the beginning of the ecclesiastical lunar month (known as the ecclesiastical new moon). Easter thus falls on the Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon. The computus is the procedure of determining the first Sunday after the first ecclesiastical full moon falling on or after 21 March and the difficulty arose from doing this over the span of centuries without accurate means of measuring the precise solar or lunar years.
The model that was worked out assumes that 19 tropical years have the same duration as 235 synodic months (modern value: 234.997).
Since the 16th century, there have been differences in the calculation of Easter between the Western and Eastern Churches. The Roman Catholic Church since 1583 has been using 21 March under the Gregorian calendar to calculate the date of Easter, while the Eastern Orthodox continued and continue to use 21 March under the Julian Calendar. The Catholic and Protestant denominations thus use an ecclesiastical full moon that occurs four to five days earlier than the eastern one.
The link to the Date table is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dates_for_Easter