Basant Panchami – Birthday of Goddess Saraswati


Fresh, gentle breeze replaces the chilling cold with a touch of rejuvenation in the air and blossoming landscapes in 50 shades of yellow, welcoming the beautiful spring.

Basant Panchami is a festival full of religious and seasonal significance and is celebrated by people all Basant-Panchami-1across India with enthusiasm and optimism. “Basant Panchami’ has a specific meaning. ‘Basant’ means ‘spring’ and ‘Panchami’ means ‘the fifth day’. The festival indicates the coming of the spring season. Basant Panchami is celebrated every year on the 5th day or ‘Panchami’ in the month of ‘Magha’ which falls during January – February. The festival of Basant Panchami is also associated with Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, education, arts, culture and music. It is believed that, on this day, Goddess Saraswati was born. People celebrate the festival with great fervor in temples, homes, schools and colleges.

The day is celebrated as Saraswati Puja primarily in the eastern parts of India and as the Basant Festival of kites in the Punjab region. The colour yellow holds great significance in the festival as it is related to the bloom of mustard flowers during this period. The colour symbolizes prosperity, light, energy and optimism. It is also considered auspicious to start education of the new learners on this day. This year, Basant Panchami will be celebrated on 24th January.

Traditional Celebrations:

  • Celebrants wear yellow coloured clothes, Goddess Saraswati is worshipped in a yellow dress and sweet saffron rice and yellow sweets like kesar halwa, boondi laddoo, etc. are prepared and distributed.
  • On the day of Basant Panchami, a log with a figure of ‘Holika’ is placed in a public place. Over the next 40 days, devotees add twigs etc. to form a pyre, which is lit on Holi.
  • Kite flying is also associated with the festival of Basant Panchami.
  • Colourful fairs, Saraswati Puja, traditional dances, etc. are also organized to celebrate this festival.

Celebrate the festival of Basant Panchami with your children, by following few of the tips given below:

  • Dress your children in yellow coloured dresses and explain to them the significance of the colour on this day.
  • Take your children to the temple and worship Goddess Saraswati.
  • Encourage your children to participate in kite-flying activities.
  • Cook traditional yellow dishes and tell your children about the festival.

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Republic Day Games and Activity Ideas – Celebrate this Republic Day with your kids.

United we Stand

A. Find the State

Give the political maps of India to the teams and they will get one minute to fill in states. The team filling maximum right states will win the point for this game.

B. Hoist the Flag

Things Required

• Two Flag poles

• Two Indian National Flags

• Two Flag stands

• Two 10 meter flag rope

• Two bags of flower petals


How to Play

• Divide the participants into two teams

• Hide the above items in the party area and ask the teams to search for the items.

• Both teams should find all the five items before starting the hoisting activity.

• Start with attaching the pole to the stand and putting the flag rope over the top pulley of the pole.

• Attach the ends of the flag rope at top and bottom of the flag

• Now, fold the flag with flower petals inside.

• Raise the flag to the top of the pole and the pull the bottom end of the rope.


C. Pin the Ashoka Chakra

Things Required

• A big poster of Indian Flag without the Ashoka Chakra

• Printed Ashoka Chakra (as per the number of participants)

• Double sided tape or glue.

• Band to close the eyes.

• Pen/Pencil

How to Play

• Fix the large poster of Indian Flag against a wall.

• Give each participant the printed Ashoka Chakra and ask them to write their name behind it.

• Now cover their eyes with a band, revolve them and ask them to pin the Ashoka Chakra on Indian Flag one by one. Hooting, guiding and misguiding each other will increase the fun of this game. Let’s play and have fun

D. Match the Slogans

Things Required

• Take printouts of below image as per the number of participants:

Match the Slogans • Pen/Pencil

How to Play

• Give one printout & pen/pencil to each participant. • Participants now have to match the slogans with the freedom fighter’s name who said it.

• Time limit is one minute.

UPSC Exam Calendar 2014-UPSC Exam Time Table 2014: Dates and Schedule

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has published the UPSC Exam Schedule 2014 i.e. a notification for all the UPSC Examinations to be held in the year 2014.

All the aspiring candidates who wish to gain knowledge about UPSC Exam Programme 2014 can check UPSC Exam Calendar 2014. Given below is a compiled list of exams along with their dates.

UPSC Exam Calendar 2014

S. No. Examination/Vacancy Name Date
1 Reserved For UPSC RT/Exam 05.01.2014 (Sunday)
2 SCRA Exam 12.01.2014 (Sunday)
3 C.D.S Exam (I) 09.02.2014 (Sunday)
4 N.D.A & N.A. Exam (I) 22.04.2014 (Sunday)
5 Reserved For UPSC RT/Exam 02.03.2014 (Sunday)
6 I.E.S./ I.S.S. Exam 24.05.2014 (Sunday)
7 Geologist’ Exam 24.05.2014 (Sunday)
8 CISF Ac (Exe) LDCA 01.06.2014 (Sunday)
9 Engineering Services Examination 20.06.2014 (Friday)
10 Combined Medical Services Exam 22.06.2014 (Sunday)
11 Reserved For UPSC RT/Exam 06.07.2014 (Sunday)
12 Central Armed Police Forces (AC) 13.07.2014 (Sunday)
13 Reserved For UPSC RT/Exam 17.08.2014 (Sunday)
14 Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam 24.08.2014 (Sunday)
15 Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Exam Through CS (P) Exam 24.08.2014 (Sunday)
16 N.D.A & N.A. Exam (I)) 28.09.2014 (Sunday)
17 Reserved For UPSC RT/Exam 12.10.2014 (Sunday)
18 C.D.S Exam (II) 26.10.2014 (Sunday)
19 Indian Forest Service (Main) Exam 22.11.2014 (Saturday)
20 Civil Services (Main) Exam 14.12.2014 (Sunday)
21 S.O. / Steno (GD-B/GC-I) Ltd. DEPTTL. Competitive Exam 27.12.2014 (Saturday)


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AIMA: MAT Feb 2014 Notifications

AIMA i.e. All India Management Association conducts the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) 4 times a year: in February, May, September, December. The list of institutes that use the AIMA-MAT results varies from test to test.

Exam Date:

  • Paper Based- Feb 2, 2014
  • Computer Based- Feb 8, 2014 onwards

Form Availability: Dec 2013 till Jan 18, 2014

Form Submission Last Date: Jan 20,2014

The interested candidates can submit the form by visiting the following website link: and pay using Credit Card/Debit Card. For detailed procedure, visit the official website link of AIMA-

Modes of Payment:

  • Cash: Make cash payment of Rs.1,200 from the listed branches of Bank of Baroda, Axis Bank, listed Study Centres of AIMA OR from AIMA, New Delhi.
  • DD: Obtain a crossed DD of Rs. 1,200 in favour of ‘All India Management Association’ payable at Delhi, from any bank.

Eligibility Criteria: Graduate in any discipline from a recognised university. Final year degree course students can also apply.

NMAT 2014 Score Card

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) that conducted the NMAT held from 4th-18th December, 2013. The result of one of the most awaited entrance exam-NMAT has been finally declared.

To check the NMAT result, click on the following website link and submit the roll number to obtain the Score Card.

Pongal Greetings and Wishes 2015

Shemford Happy pongal

Pongal Is Here, An Occasion That Marks Joy and Cheer and Brings along Everything That’s Best.
May the Festival of The Harvest Season, Be One That Brings Along With It, All That’s Best and Everything You’re So Deserving Of.

Have a memorable Pongal….!!


Pot rice to Sunhappy Pongal

God sugarcane to cow and ox

Sweet rice to you and me

Good milk to friends and family!!

Happy Pongal




May Pongal fill your life with SWEETNESS    Pongal

May the Sun radiate PEACE, PROSPERITY & HAPPINESS in your life

On Pongal and always….

Happy Pongal..!!



Red sugarcane and saffron aplenty,Pongal Fastival

Flood of happiness to sweep our country.

Rise, rise milk rice-bring smile

To the face of the poor, so rise milk rice.

Happy Pongal…. J


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Inspirational Quotes

1. Nothing is impossible. The word impossible itself says ‘I’m possible’.
2. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
3. I can’t change the direction of the wind but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
4. The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.
5. A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
6. The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.
7. Do not give up. The beginning is always the hardest.
8. Nobody can go back and start a new beginning but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
9. A goal without a plan is just a wish.
10. Believe you can and you are halfway there.