Festivals in India http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/31638/all en Pilgrims prepare for holiest day at India's Kumbh Mela http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/pilgrims-prepare-holiest-day-at-indias-kumbh-mela <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims prepared to cleanse their sins with a plunge into the sacred river Ganges, ahead of the most auspicious day of the world's largest religious festival.</p> <p>Some 30 million Hindu saints, devotees and visitors were expected to take part in the Kumbh Mela on Sunday -- considered the holiest of the 55-day festival -- in north India, police said.</p> <p>"One dip in the river has the power to change life forever," said 65-year-old Malti Devi from London, taking part in the festivities for the first time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/pilgrims-prepare-holiest-day-at-indias-kumbh-mela" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Festivals in India Human Interest Social Issues States and territories of India Tourism in Uttar Pradesh AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 12:30:41 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750931 at http://www.globalpost.com Millions of Indians bathe on Kumbh's holiest day http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/millions-indians-bathe-kumbhs-holiest-day <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Tens of millions of Hindus were expected on Sunday to plunge into India's sacred river Ganges to wash away their sins on the most auspicious day of the world's largest religious festival.</p> <p>Organisers estimated some 30 million ash-smeared saints, devotees and visitors would take a dip in the swirling, freezing river at the festival in Allahabad in northern Uttar Pradesh state.</p> <p>Sunday, when the water is considered to be the holiest and most auspicious, is "the most crucial day for the pilgrims and for police", police officer Ajit Tyagi told AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/millions-indians-bathe-kumbhs-holiest-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Festivals in India Religion States and territories of India Tourism in Uttar Pradesh AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 21:30:59 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751378 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Four dead in India Kumbh Mela stampede: official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/urgent-four-dead-india-kumbh-mela-stampede-official <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>At least four people have died after a stampede at a railway station near India's huge Kumbh Mela festival, a local official told AFP, while some reports put the death toll as high as 15.</p> <p>"The district administration have confirmed four deaths," Prabhat Mittal, director of information for the state of Uttar Pradesh, told AFP.</p> <p>str-adp/lm </p> Allahabad Festivals in India States and territories of India AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 17:00:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751897 at http://www.globalpost.com 10 dead in India Kumbh Mela stampede: report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/10-dead-india-kumbh-mela-stampede-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>At least 10 people have died in a stampede at the main railway station serving India's giant Kumbh Mela festival, a report said on Sunday. </p> <p>The NDTV news channel screened footage from the scene at Allahabad station, showing numerous bodies on the platform following the incident which happened as pilgrims headed home.</p> <p>Thirty million people had gathered at the festival on Sunday for its most auspicious day.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/10-dead-india-kumbh-mela-stampede-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Festivals in India States and territories of India Tourism in Uttar Pradesh AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 17:30:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751927 at http://www.globalpost.com 36 dead in India Kumbh Mela stampede: official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/36-dead-india-kumbh-mela-stampede-official <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>At least 36 people, mostly women, have died in a deadly stampede at a railway station near India's giant Kumbh Mela festival, an official told AFP on Monday.</p> <p>Amit Malviya, a spokesman for the northern and central railway, confirmed that 20 bodies had been identified with authorities waiting for relatives to come forward to claim another 16 corpses.</p> <p>Of the identified dead, 14 are female and six are men, with the youngest victim an eight-year-old girl and the oldest a 75-year-old man, he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/36-dead-india-kumbh-mela-stampede-official" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Festivals in India States and territories of India Tourism in Uttar Pradesh AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 03:45:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752281 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Kumbh Mela chief organiser quits after deadly stampede http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/urgent-kumbh-mela-chief-organiser-quits-after-deadly-stampede <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The head of the organising committee for India's massive Kumbh Mela religious festival announced his resignation on Monday, the day after a stampede killed at least 36 people at a train station.</p> <p>"I have resigned as the chairman of the festival committee," said Mohammed Azam Khan, who is also a cabinet minister in the state of Uttar Pradesh. "Although the stampede happened beyond the scope of my jurisdiction, I am deeply disturbed and step down on moral grounds."</p> <p>str-rn/co/ia</p> Allahabad Festivals in India Politics States and territories of India AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:45:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752424 at http://www.globalpost.com http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211-9 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kumbh Mela chief organiser announces resignation after deadly stampede</p> <p>co/ia</p> Allahabad Festivals in India States and territories of India AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:45:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752426 at http://www.globalpost.com India's Kumbh Mela chief quits over stampede tragedy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/indias-kumbh-mela-chief-quits-over-stampede-tragedy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The chief organiser of India's massive Kumbh Mela festival quit Monday after a stampede killed 36 people as the emergency services came under fire for their handling of the tragedy.</p> <p>Dozens more were injured in the crush at a train station on Sunday evening at Allahabad, marking a tragic end to the most auspicious day of the 55-day Hindu festival in the state of Uttar Pradesh which had drawn some 30 million people.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/indias-kumbh-mela-chief-quits-over-stampede-tragedy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Festivals in India Politics States and territories of India Tourism in Uttar Pradesh AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:15:44 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752484 at http://www.globalpost.com Tent fire kills priest at India's Kumbh festival http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/tent-fire-kills-priest-at-indias-kumbh-festival <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A fire at India's massive Kumbh Mela festival killed a Hindu priest in the second deadly tragedy to mar the gathering in a week, officials said on Friday.</p> <p>"Fire broke out in one of the tents when some priests were cooking. The tent caught fire and spread swiftly," said R. S. Rathore, an administrator at the festival in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.</p> <p>"Twenty tents were gutted and one priest has died," he told AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/tent-fire-kills-priest-at-indias-kumbh-festival" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Festivals in India States and territories of India Tourism in Uttar Pradesh AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 06:16:14 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756343 at http://www.globalpost.com 120 million wash away sins as India's Kumbh festival ends http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130310/120-million-wash-away-sins-indias-kumbh-festival-ends <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The world's biggest religious festival concluded on Sunday with nearly two million pilgrims taking a dip in an Indian holy river that washed away the sins of 120 million people in the last 60 days.</p> <p>The Kumbh Mela, celebrated every 12 years at the conjunction of two sacred rivers on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Allahabad, drew massive crowds of devotees, ascetics and foreign tourists.</p> <p>The two-month-long Kumbh Mela ended on the occasion of Mahashivratri, a major Hindu festival celebrated across India and Nepal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130310/120-million-wash-away-sins-indias-kumbh-festival-ends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Festivals in India States and territories of India Tourism in Uttar Pradesh AFP Sun, 10 Mar 2013 12:00:55 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5778720 at http://www.globalpost.com 37 water festival pandals to be erected in Myanmar's Yangon http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/37-water-festival-pandals-be-erected-myanmars-yangon <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> A total 37 pandals are being set up in the biggest Myanmar city of Yangon to celebrate Thingyan water festival due to begin on April 13, official media reported Saturday.</p><P>A newly designed magnificent Yangon Mayor's water-throwing pandal, which will be the central and the biggest one in the city, is being set up to stage traditional dances, songs, and comedy show.</p><P>The costs for building pavilions this year is more expensive than last year, and security measures will also be stepped up, installing CCTV cameras to monitor the movement of people during the festival.</p><P>This year</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/37-water-festival-pandals-be-erected-myanmars-yangon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Buddhist holidays Festivals in India Asianet Tue, 09 Apr 2013 06:15:53 +0000 Asianet 5806196 at http://www.globalpost.com How long will this go on? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/how-long-will-go <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Through the courtesy of your column I would like to draw the attention of everyone to the revival of ‘Basant’ in Punjab once again. This was prohibited a few years back due to several deaths caused by the dangerous string used to fly the kites. Punjab government had failed to control the production of this string.</p><P>Though it is a colorful and lively occasion, where people flew in from several countries to celebrate it, the vicious deaths put a halt to it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/how-long-will-go" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Culture of Lahore Festivals in India Asianet Tue, 09 Apr 2013 12:04:07 +0000 Asianet 5806887 at http://www.globalpost.com 85 Hindu pilgrims die in stampede in India http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/131013/85-hindu-pilgrims-die-stampede-india <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>New Delhi, Oct 13 (EFE).- At least 85 pilgrims died and more than 100 others were injured Sunday in a stampede at the close of a popular Hindu festival in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, a tragedy that seems to occur each year in the Asian giant.</p> <p>The stampede occurred on Sunday morning near the temple in Ratangarh, located in Datia district, where tens of thousands of people had gathered to commemorate the last day of a series of celebrations in honor of the Hindu goddess Durga.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/131013/85-hindu-pilgrims-die-stampede-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Festivals in India Hindu goddesses Names of God in Hinduism Religion Agencia EFE Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:45:50 +0000 Agencia EFE 5959952 at http://www.globalpost.com Indians splash colours in Hindu spring festival http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140317/indians-splash-colours-hindu-spring-festival <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Millions of Indians splashed bright colours on each other Monday to celebrate the popular Hindu festival of Holi, which marks the start of spring.</p> <p>The 'Festival of Colours' saw revellers pour onto streets across the country, smearing and splashing powder, known as 'gulal', and water on others to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.</p> <p>Many politicians, including ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, jubilantly celebrated Holi covered in fluorescent hues with party workers, family and friends.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140317/indians-splash-colours-hindu-spring-festival" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Festivals in India Hinduism Holi Technology AFP Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:34:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6097499 at http://www.globalpost.com Urgent: 27 killed in incidents in N. India during festival http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140609/urgent-27-killed-incidents-n-india-during-festival <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Urgent: 27 killed in incidents in N. India during festival</p> <p>NEW DELHI, June 9 (Xinhua) -- At least 27 people were killed in separate incidents while taking dip in rivers on the occasion of Hindu festival of Ganga Dussehra in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, said police Monday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> Festivals in India Xinhua News Agency Mon, 09 Jun 2014 08:41:08 +0000 Xinhua News Agency 6170495 at http://www.globalpost.com