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India Charming Chaos 1 and 2 - Book Review
Can chaos be charming? Johnny Fincioen believes it can when one is in India. His conclusion is based on a five week cultural adventure in India with his photographer wife Claudine Van Massenhove. Read this review to know more about the exciting India tour of this Flemish American couple.

Pongal Festival in India
India is still largely an agricultural economy and the harvest season is a time of celebration in rural areas. Pongal is one such Indian harvest festival that is prominently celebrated in South India for four consecutive days. Here is an overview of the four days of Pongal.

Jallikattu - Indian Bull Taming Sport
Jalli kattu is the Indian Bull Taming Sport where the bull is not killed and no weapons are used. The sport is deeply rooted in South Indian Culture and has been in vogue for ages. Learn more about Jalli kattu here.

Maatu Pongal Festival
Cows are revered in India and are the most useful farm animals. Milk supplied by cows gives several people in rural areas a steady stream of income. Maatu (cow in Tamil language) Pongal is a day when the cow is honored and its services recognized.

Pongal Festival - Traditions and Customs
The first day of the Tamil month ĎThaií is celebrated as Pongal. Several unique traditions and customs form part of this South Indian harvest festival. Learn about these practices here.

Pongal Recipes
Pongal is a South Indian Harvest Festival which is celebrated with a delicious food platter. The main item on the menu on this day is of course Pongal. Here are a couple of recipes to make mouth watering Rice Pongal.

Rangoli - Indian Floor Painting
Rangoli is a colorful floor painting akin to Indian culture. Besides displaying the creativity of Indian women, these decorative patterns have been a crucial link with Indiaís heritage. Learn more about this customary Indian art here.

New Year in India
Indians donít greet the New Year on 1st January alone but on different dates all through the calendar year. Read on to know more about Indian New Year Days!

And So You Were Born Review
Mona Parsa reinforces the fact that every child born into this world is loved through her powerful presentation in ĎAnd So You Were Borní. Here is a detailed review of this interactive, childrenís i-application.

Christmas Traditions in India
Strictly speaking Christmas is not an Indian Festival. However over the decades and with the growth of the Indian Christian population, Christís birth is widely celebrated throughout India. Learn more about Desi Christmas Traditions here.

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