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National Technology Day
National Technology Day is celebrated all over India on May 11th every year, with great zeal and enthusiasm. The day is celebrated to commemorate India’s three major milestones in the field of science & technology. These include the nuclear bomb tests conducted at Pokhran in Rajasthan, the test firing of the indigenously developed “Trishul” missile and the test flight of the indigenous aircraft “Hansa-3”. All the three events occurred on the same day i.e. May 11th 1998. Since then, May 11th is celebrated as National Technology Day all over India by scientific, industrial and educational institutions, with pomp and gaiety.
History of National Technology Day
A series of five controlled nuclear bomb tests were conducted at Pokhran test range in Rajasthan on May 11th and 13th, 1998. The first three out of the five nuclear tests were conducted on May 11th, 1998, when the three nuclear devices were detonated simultaneously. However, this triggered earthquake in the nearby seismic stations, registering 5.3 on Richter scale. So, the next two tests were postponed to May 13th, which was also conducted successfully. As a result, May 11th, 1998 was officially signed as the National Technology Day by the then Prime Minister of India.
National Technology Day Celebrations
Several events are organised by scientific and educational institutions to mark the occasion. On this day, various educational institutions including schools and engineering colleges organise lectures, quizzes, presentations and interactive sessions etc. on different aspects of science & technology, to motivate the young minds to adopt the field as their career.
National Technology Day is a wonderful opportunity to praise the use of science and technology in everyday life. So, celebrate the day with your child at home in the following ways:
This way, celebrate National Technology Day with your child at home and motivate her to develop more interest in science subject.
Mother’s Day is celebrated with fun and fervour across the world, to pay tribute to motherhood. The day is especially dedicated to all the mothers in the globe, who are inherent parts of our lives. Although the event is a western celebration, its importance has spread all over the world and today, many countries celebrate Mother’s Day with equal zeal and enthusiasm. The event is celebrated on different days in various countries. In India, Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday of May. Mother’s Day 2013 will be celebrated on the 12th of May.
History of Mother’s Day
The earliest celebration of Mother’s Day can be traced back to the annual spring festival of the Greeks, which is dedicated to Goddess Rhea – the mother of many deities of the Greek mythology. According to another historical record, Mother’s Day celebration dates back to 1600 A.D., when the early Christians settled in England dedicated a day to honour Mother Mary. Later on, the scope of the celebrations was expanded to honouring all the mothers too. The day then came to be known as ‘Mothering Sunday’, which was observed on the 4th Sunday of Lent (in the 40-day period leading up to Easter), every year.
Mother’s Day celebration in India
Just like the western countries, the tradition of presenting Mother’s Day gifts and cards is popular in India as well. On this day, gift galleries across the country witness a significant increase in their sales. The stores display customised Mother’s Day gifts and beautiful Mother’s Day cards. The day is especially popular in metropolitan cities, wherein special contests and programmes are organised at shopping malls as a part of their direct marketing & promotional activities. Also, many leading brands of clothing & fashion accessories offer discount on their products & services on Mother’s Day.
People consider Mother’s Day as an opportunity to extend their sincere gratitude and express their heartfelt feelings to their mothers. So, dedicate this day to your mother and celebrate Mother’s Day in the most unique ways. Here are some useful tips to celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom at home.
How to celebrate Mother’s Day with your mother at home:
So, use the aforesaid tips and make this year’s Mother’s Day worth memorable for the lifetime!
Requirements for starting an elementary school
The first stage of academic learning or compulsory education is known as elementary or primary education. After preschool, elementary school provides formal education to children up to 5th grade. Elementary school, which is followed by middle or secondary school and then higher secondary school, forms the foundation for all levels of learning and development. Indian government acknowledges the importance of primary education and that is why it has already laid down reforms to make elementary education free and compulsory for all children less than 14 years of age. Even, the private sector has also contributed immensely to the growth and development of the education sector.
In case, you too want to enter into the education sector and contribute to this noble venture, consider opening an elementary school. Below mentioned are the basic requirements for starting an elementary school.
Mentioned above are the simple steps for starting an elementary school in India. However, if you feel that starting an elementary school is a bit tedious for you being a beginner in the education sector, then you may opt for school franchise from SHEMFORD Futuristic School. Owned and managed by experienced & qualified educationists, SHEMFORD Futuristic School offers unique school franchise opportunities to the aspiring people who wish to start a school of their own. You are required to fill the franchise application form given below to turn your dream project into reality.
Maha Shivratri, meaning the grand night dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a famous festival of Hindus which is looked upon with great reverence by the followers of Lord Shiva. Every year, according to the Hindu calendar, the festival falls on 13th or 14th day of the Krishna Paksh in the Phalgun month. Maha Shivratri in 2013 will be celebrated on 10th March.
There are many legends associated with Maha Shivratri which explain the reason behind its celebration. One of the most popular is the story of Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean) by the gods and the demons. Mount Mandranchal was used as the churning rod and the king of serpents, Vasuki was the churning rope. It is believed that at the time of the Samudra Manthan, a highly toxic poison originated from the ocean, which terrified both gods and demons. As advised by Lord Vishnu, the gods approached Lord Shiva to seek his help, as only Lord Shiva could swallow the poison without being affected. So, on the gods’ request, Lord Shiva consumed the poison. However, Goddess Parvati held his neck, so that the poison does not go down his throat. Hence, it stayed in his throat and Lord Shiva remained unharmed. Due to this poison, his neck became blue and hence, Lord Shiva was also named as Neelakantha (the blue-necked). The gods were advised by some wise men, to keep Lord Shiva awake during the night. So, to keep him awake, the gods performed dances and amused him by playing music. As the night ended, Lord Shiva was pleased by their devotion and blessed them all. Since then, on this day, people worship Lord Shiva with great devotion.
Another popular story linked with the festival is that Maha Shivratri is the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
The Shivratri celebrations begin early in the morning. People take early bath, observe fast and worship Lord Shiva all through the day. Huge crowd of worshippers gather outside the temples, which are beautifully decorated with flowers. People offer prayers along with other traditional puja items like milk, holy water, bel leaves, fruits etc. they light oil lamps in the temples and seek Lord Shiva’s blessings by chanting the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’. Some temples also organise nightlong Jaagrans, where devotees sing hymns in praise of Lord Shiva. In the following morning, people break their fast by eating the Prasad offered to Lord Shiva.
How to celebrate Maha Shivratri at home?
The auspicious festival is celebrated with great zeal & enthusiasm by the worshippers of Lord Shiva all across India. You too can celebrate the festival along with your children at home in the following ways:
So, along with your children, celebrate the auspicious festival at home, with full zeal and dedication.
The festival of Lohri falls on 13 January, a day before Makar Sankranti (another Hindu festival) when the sun enters into the new sign. It is a popular harvest festival celebrated in the northern part of India, mainly in Punjab and Haryana. Harvest time for wheat, the main winter crop, starts after the celebration of Lohri. It marks the end of winter season and the beginning of a new season for the farmers.
More than a festival; Lohri is a day for thanksgiving. Apart from Punjab and Haryana, people from other states have also started participating in the festivity. On this day, People show their gratitude to God for His provisions, care, protection and blessings.
The day begins with Lohri songs full of gratitude for God and ‘Dulla Bhatti’, a legendary hero. Dulla Bhatti, a Muslim highway robber, who robbed rich and helped the poor, is the central character of Lohri songs. On this day, children go door to door in the neighbourhood to accept money and food items as gifts. In the afternoon, people prepare a feast for the day, in the evening, people wear new clothes and they gather around huge bonfire which is lit in the harvested fields or in the front yard of their houses. They go around the bonfire thrice and present peanuts, rewari, puffed rice, butter, sesame seeds and popcorns as offerings to the God. They pray to God to bless the land with abundant crop and everyone with prosperity. After prayer, people meet friends and relatives to exchange gifts and greetings and distribute Prasad. During night, men and women sing songs, perform on the folk dances-Bhangra and Giddha with the beats of dhol. Later, they sit around the bonfire and serve the feast of sarson-ka-saag, makki-di-roti and dessert “rau-di-kheer”.
How to celebrate the festival with your children at home:
So, celebrate this festival of prosperity, joy and sharing with your children in a way that they always remember its importance throughout their lives.
New Year, celebrated around the world with full fun and fervour, symbolizes the beginning of another year. Everyone has a different way to celebrate the day, which is generally marked by parties, feasts and family get together.
“NEW YEAR” is a day of self-analysis wherein people remember what all they have achieved in the last year and they look forward to the promise of a new year.
People celebrate New Year with their family members and friends by remembering their successes and achievements in the last year. Apart from family get together at home, people go out to have dinner in hotels, arrange family outings to amusement parks and watch movies. Also, many people gather in malls to give a farewell to the passing year and welcome the New Year, joyfully.
Everyone wishes to start the New Year on a good note. People greet each other and wish them health & good luck. They also thank each other for all their love and support in the form of New Year gifts, flowers and greeting cards. With a new dawn, people plan new resolutions and decide upon the new courses of action on the day, for the rest of the year.
Apart from celebrations, inculcate values in your children on this occasion by following the tips given below:
Last but not the least, ask your children to take a New Year resolution, which they can follow throughout the year. This will instill in your children, a sense of responsibility to accomplish their aim in the upcoming Year. So follow the above tips and welcome the New Year together with your children by saying Happy New Year!
The word “Christmas” means “Christ’s Mass”. Christmas Day or X-Mas Day is celebrated on the 25th of December across the world to mark the birth of Jesus Christ, the founder of the Christianity religion. Baby Jesus and Mary mother of Jesus are the central figures of the Christmas story. Luke’s biography of Jesus records how Mary and her betrothed husband Joseph left their home in Nazareth to travel to Joseph’s ancestral home, Bethlehem. Finding no place to stay in the town, Mary gave birth to Jesus in the primitive lodgings of an animal stable, referred to as Jesus manger. Jesus and Mary were visited by shepherds and wise men who travelled long distances to witness Jesus born and greet Jesus mother. It is the most sacred and auspicious festival of the Christian community. Lord Jesus was the messiah of mankind and his message of love, peace and harmony is quite significant. Some of the most popular Christmas traditions are the Christmas tree (the pine tree), Santa Claus and Christmas gifts. The tradition of giving gifts has a great significance in the celebrations of Christmas, as it is believed that Lord Jesus himself used to give away presents. The occasion is all about giving and sharing gifts and presents with each other.
On the Christmas day, people make special preparations. Every individual indulges in making the preparations on this special occasion. The most important part of this festival is planting the Christmas tree in one corner of the house. Once it is planted, its branches are decorated with Christmas tree ornaments such as dolls, birds, flowers etc. At night, the Christmas tree is illuminated with electric bulbs. Following the decorations, all the family and friends gather to offer prayers to the God who sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to remove all the sins and sufferings. They all sing along Christmas carols & jingle and make merry.
How to celebrate Christmas at home?
- Dress up your children in new clothes and offer the prayers at the Church. Attend the midnight mass on the Christmas Eve.
- To keep up the celebration mood in full swing, invite your friends and relatives at your place, to celebrate the festival of Christmas together.
- Light up your home with bright and colourful Christmas lights.
- Keep the little ones engaged in decorating the Christmas tree with ornaments, ribbons and lights.
- Sing the Christmas carols such as “Jingle bell jingle bell”, “Joy to the world”, “Silent night” etc. along with your children.
- Involve your children to prepare the Christmas cake with you.
- Tell your children to keep their best socks/stockings under their pillows, to receive presents from the Santa Claus. Present your children with their favourite game or toy. Keep the present in their socks/stockings on the Christmas Eve.
Since the festival is round the corner, so, use the tips give above to celebrate Christmas day with your friends and family with pomp and show.