Pushkar Fair 2012, Rajasthan

Every November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity. The occasion: PUSHKAR FAIR. Very few, if at all any, fairs in the world can match the liveliness of Pushkar. Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with the world’s largest camel fair. But it is much more than that.

Contestant J.S. Chounan shows his moustache to the crowd after winning the annual "longest moustache" competition at the Pushkar Mela on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009. According to locals his moustache is a combined total of 11 feet (3.35 meters) long and took 18 years to grow. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

Start Date : Sunday, 18 November 2012
End Date : Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Venue : Pushkar Village
City : Pushkar
State : Rajasthan
Country : India
Category : Fairs & Festivals

It is an occasion for villagers from far and near to gather together and enjoy a welcome break from their harsh life of the arid desert. And enjoy they do! In dazzling style and colors.

It is an occasion for Hindu pilgrims to converge for a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake to “wash away the sins of a lifetime” and pay obeisance at the ONLY Brahma temple in the world.

For the visitor, it is an unparalleled and unforgettable experience to capture the vibrancy of the entire state of Rajasthan in one place. This blog by The Tour Planners, attempts to give you a glimpse of the magic of Pushkar. Of course, you have to be there to truly understand it.

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Uthirakosamangai, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India

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Uthirakosamangai, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India

Uthirakosamangai, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India (Picture : baskr@Flickr)

* It is a sacred place, situated 16 km south-west of Ramanathapuram and 72 km from Rameshwaram, in Tamil Nadu.

* The place is famous for an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

* The deity here is carved in Emerald. Goddess Mangalesvari is also worshiped here.

* The temple has been glorified by the hymns of Manickavasagar.

* The temple is considered sacred along the lines of Ramanathapuram, Sethu Madhava Theertham and Lakshmana Theertham.

* The temple is located 32 km East from Paramakkudi and 10 km west from Ramanathapuram.

* A large number of devotees visit Uthirakosamangai to worship Lord Shiva and celebrate Arudhra Festival, which is held in the month of December attracts a large number of tourists.
Reference Link : Know Your Destination

Chinese New Year 2012 – Year of Dragon

As the chinese new year falls on a different date every year, the question on everybody’s mind is When is Chinese New Year 2012?

Chinese lunar New Year is commonly known as Chinese New Year or spring festival. This is an important annual festival celebrated by Chinese round the globe. The festival is based on Chinese calendar and starts on the first month (as per the Chinese calendar) and ends on the fifteenth day of the first month. Chinese new year 2012 will be celebrated on 23rd of January and is the year of Dragon, the most auspicious animal as per the Chinese zodiac. This new year features contemporary and traditional Chinese cultural activities, dances, festivities, singing, Chinese opera, arts and crafts, karaoke competition, innumerable stalls of culinary delights, lion dances, chess competitions, children’s events, calligraphy, dragon parades to name a few.

The Chinese New Year festival is open to all, irrespective of age barriers. They key here is to explore the rich Chinese cultural heritage by being a part of it. In present years, the festival has turned out to be one of the most celebrated festivals. Most countries declare an official holiday on Chinese New Year and year 2012 is not an exception as well. Lunar New Year is known as Tet Nguyen Dan in Vietnam, Setsubun in Japan and Korean New Year in South Korea. The Chinese New Year forms a great annual event in the Chinese communities. You will find families and friends gathering for reunion dinner and markets buzzed with activities.

Chinese New Year is celebrated round the globe including countries like Singapore, Indonesia, Mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Festivities also take place in different countries with major Chinese ethnic populations. Though Chinese New Year is celebrated with pomp and glory in Japan, Cambodia and Philippines, yet it’s not a public holiday here.

Chinese New Year is complete when accompanied with Chinese New Year Songs which convey the meaning of good luck, and blessings.

Holding the fifth rank in the cycle, year of dragon follows the rabbit and comes after a regular interval of twelve years. The Chinese New Year doesn’t fall on any particular date; hence it is necessary to go through the calendar so as to come up with the accurate date on which the year of the dragon actually falls.

People grouped under the dragon years or more simply people born in the year of the dragon exhibit characteristics like-

  • * Enterprising
  • * Innovative
  • * Self-assured
  • * Flexible
  • * Passionate
  • * Brave
  • * Unanticipated
  • * Scrutinizing
  • * Generous
  • * Charismatic
  • * Free spirited
  • * Smart and witty
  • * Original

However, they possess a couple of negative characteristics as well. For instance, they crave for attention and are egoistical by nature. They aren’t modest and have a bossy temperament. Their general tendency is to dominate others. They detest solicit advice and may be insensitive and tactless to their partners.


Dragons are blessed with good health. The only thing that bothers them is stressful situations. At work, dragons are pretty imaginative and prefer taking a radical approach towards their work.


Dragons share similar kind of objectives as well as goals in life. The best suited occupations on their part are as follows-

  • * Inventors
  • * Computer analysts
  • * Campaigners
  • * Architects
  • * Engineers
  • * Philosophers
  • * Lawyers
  • * Brokers
  • * Advertising agents
  • * Psychoanalysts
  • * Salepeople
  • * PR People
  • * Managers
  • * Officers in the armed forces
  • * Politicians

As dragons are born under the same animal symbol, they often share similar likes and dislikes. Some of the likes and dislikes are as follows-


  • * Preferred color: Greenish-Blue
  • Gems and Stones: Sapphire, Opal, Amber
  • Preferred Gifts: Tarot cards, mirror, camera, a family crest, cell phone
  • Pastimes and Hobbies: Computer programming, fossil hunting, public speaking, astrology





  •    * Taking orders
  •    * Lethargic people
  •    * discounted ideas
  •    * redundant bureaucracy

Grand Kerala Shopping Festival – Dec. 1, 2011 – Jan. 15, 2012

The Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (GKSF) is a unique shopping fiesta that redefines the very essence and enjoyment of shopping. Kerala the southernmost State in India, popularly known as ‘Gods Own Country’ has always been a favourite for travelers and tourists from around the globe across the ages.

The ever-inviting borders of this land never leave you empty handed once you traverse them. The Grand Kerala Shopping Festival, the signature shopping festival of Kerala, is yet another fascinating event that stands testimony to this fact.

The festival, managed by Government of Kerala, is on its fifth edition, which starts from December 1, 2011 and concludes by January 15, 2012. Fresh enterprises, mind blowing offers and exciting prizes – both for shops and shoppers – make GKSF the biggest shopping extravaganza in the country.

Guaranteed prize for each and every single purchase in the form of scratch ‘n’ win coupons and gift vouchers. Mega prize up to 101 kilogram of gold is also for the taking. Furthermore this year, GKSF will be providing 100% VAT refund for the consumers from outside Kerala. GKSF welcomes you all to get hold of this amazing opportunity to savour the new experiences in shopping.

About GKSF

The festival first started on 2007 Dec 1 to next year Jan 15, celebrated as Grand Kerala Shopping Festival and since then it became an annual shopping festival. The event lasts for 46 days and the very special fact about GKSF is that the entire Kerala is participating in this festival.

As done during the previous years, the festival is conducted by Tourism Department in co-ordination with the Industries & Commerce Department, Finance Department and Local Self Government Department to fulfill the objective. Through this shopping festival, the Kerala Government intends to transform the State into a hub for international shopping experience and there by “Launch Shopping Tourism” in the state. In the process, the brand image of Kerala Tourism would go a long way to help upgrade the infrastructure of traditional marketing centres in Kerala.

The organizers are well set with get show on road of the version-5 of the Biggest ever Shopping Extravaganza, the “Grand Kerala Shopping Festival” with novel initiatives and exciting prizes to the shops and shoppers. Like the government promised, GKSF is shaping up to its full throttle with the experiences from the previous years.

Offers and offers from big brands and MEs for their product, hotels give their special offers, exciting prizes, fun full events and many more!!! With all these special discounts available, GKSF would be the right choice for your shopping terminal.


Prize structure of daily draw
Prize (Sovereign)
No. of Winners per day
No. of winners in a week
1st week – (10 days)
2nd week – (7 days)
3rd week – (7 days)
4th week – (7 days)
5th week – (7 days)
6th week – (8 days)
Total Winners
Weekly draw
Prize (Sovereign)
No. of winners/week
No. of winner/6 week
1st prize
10 sov
2nd Prize
5 sov
Mega draw
Prize (Sovereign)
No. of winners
1st prize
1 KG
2nd Prize
½ KG

It is made known to all the concerned that Government has announced 101 Kg gold in the normal carat of 22 carat. But the South Indian Bank will issue gold to the winners in 24 ct only. So the quantum of gold prize to the winners will be regulated in terms of 24 ct. That is the weight in gm of 22 ct will be converted to the corresponding weight in 24 ct. Thus there will be slight reduction in weight due to this conversion. For eg 1000gm of 22 ct gold = 916gm of 24 ct. So for each sovereign this proportionate reduction in weight will be there.

The winner is liable to pay taxes as per existing rules in force.

Scratch and Win Prizes
There will be Gold coin-1 gm (24ct) as instant prizes instead of Gift article, GKSF 5 will have redeemable coupons of value Rs.100 as Scratch N ‘Win Prizes. The winner can avail discount corresponding to the amount won or can purchase from the shops to the value of the redeemable coupon.
Source: www.shoppingfestival.in

The MassKara Festival 2011 of Bacolod City, Philippines

The Experience

Masskara Festival is the annual celebration in the city of Bacolod in Negros Island in the Philippines. The city holds this festival every October for the past 30 years and is now no doubt one of the most attended festival in the country. And for a country that has a festival in almost all cities for as old as hundreds of years, Masskara Festival is one success story when it comes to promotion to tourists both local and international.

The word “masskara” means “mask” and this explains the festival’s distinct characteristic – dancers wearing smiling masks adorned with beads and other ornaments. Philippine festivals would be nothing if it doesn’t involve street dancing and partying and the festival’s highlight is its street dancing that happens on a weekend closest to October 19 which is the city’s foundation day.

The story behind this festival is quite sorrowful contrary to the smiling faces of the masks worn by people celebrating the festival.

Bacolod’s skyline and landmarks are changing, an indisputable proof of how the “City of Smiles” had soared higher from being a simple town more than 70 years ago, to the “growth center” that it is now.

“This year’s MassKara Festival will focus on these new icons—landmarks, structures, institutions, and even personalities—that have dramatically transformed Bacolod in recent years,” festival director Eli Francis Tajanlangit said.

“Celebrating the New Icons of Bacolod,” the theme of this year’s festival, points out how far the city had gone in terms of these developments, he said.

Some of these new icons are the Bacolod City Government Center, the Blessed Pope John Paul II Tower, SM City Bacolod, East View Hotel, L’Fisher Chalet, Planta Hotel, East Block, Art District, and Forest Park, he said.

The theme also supports the”Balik Bacolod” program that Mayor Evelio Leonardia has launched in the United States. The program is aimed at bringing balikbayans to Bacolod in October for the 32nd MassKara Festival. Bacoleno expats should see these new icons to see how far their city has gone.

Balik-Bacolod, Leonardia said, is essentially “a reunion of Bacoleños from all walks of life, brought together to celebrate the joys of life as one big community,”

Tajanlangit said this October is the best time for our balikbayans to come home, rediscover Bacolod and witness what has become of their city.

He said this year’s theme is actually a spin-off to the 2007 MassKara Festival theme, “Icons of Bacolod,” that was intended as an awareness campaign on “the things we love about Bacolod.”

“As we go back to the original meaning of the festival, we find that MassKara is a celebration of everything the Bacolod community has achieved,” Tajanlangit said.

“Many of these reasons for celebration are the new landmarks in our midst. We may have ignored or overlooked them but they’re here, and they’re worth celebrating,” he added.

Why MassKara?

MassKara is coined from two words: Mass, which means “many, or multitude,” and Kara, a Spanish word for “face,” thus

MassKara is “a mass or multitude of smiling faces.” For Bacolodnons, MassKara is a celebration and expression of thanks for the abundance of blessings life brings them.

One of the most famous festivals in the Philippines today, the MassKara Festival in Bacolod City was born 31 years ago.

Perhaps the happiest festival in the country, it rose from the gloom that enveloped the city in 1980s, a period of tragedy and economic dislocation.

During this period, the prices of sugar in the world market were at an all-time low. Negrenses, including Bacolodnons, were in a crisis as the province only relied in the sugar industry then.

The depression was further aggravated when passenger vessel Don Juan sank on April 22, where an estimated 700 Negrenses, including prominent families, perished.

In the midst of these tragic events, the city’s artists, local government and civic groups decided to hold a festival of smiles, because the city at that time was also known as the “City of Smiles.”

They reasoned that a festival was also a good opportunity to pull the residents out of the pervasive gloomy atmosphere. The initial festival was therefore, a declaration by the people of the city that no matter how tough and bad the times were, Bacolod City is going to pull through, survive, and in the end, triumph.

During the highlight week, the festive mood in Bacolod becomes contagious as masked dancers line the streets during the three-day streetdancing competition, dancing along with the music from the major streets all the way to the Bacolod public plaza.

Another highlight is the Electric MassKara at the Tourism Strip in Lacson Street where dancers, whose bodies are colorfully lighted, gyrate to the infectious rhythm of festival music.*

Source: http://www.themasskarafestival.com