Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas fervor in Japan

Last week, I happened to witness the Christmas decorations in Nagoya, Japan. December 25, is not an official holiday in Japan. However, the big commercial corporations do decorate their buildings and the surrounding areas. And there are celebrations around.... 
December 23 happens to be a national holiday in Japan as it is the current Emperor Akihito's birthday.

It is believed that Christmas was first celebrated in Japan since 1549 when Saint Francis Xavier visited Japan. Though the first recorded Christmas was a mass held by the Jesuit missionaries in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1552, in Japan.


Santa's coming...


Rudolf, the red nosed reindeer

Richly decorated Christmas tree

Silent night

Presents galore...

Lighted flowers

All things precious

All is bright!
The Japanese 'forget-the-year parties' called 'bonenkai'  are celebrated in December! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas fervor!

The Christmas season has set in! In Goa, the people have started decorating their houses and shopping for gifts.....
Many of the hotels and resorts which dot the coastline of Goa have already decorated their premises beautifully to celebrate Christmas and the tourist season! Here is a peek into some of the wonderful decorations at Taj Exotica located at Calwaddo in Benaulim, Goa. 

The decorated Christmas tree

A close peek - shell decoration

A sight to behold...

The beautiful crib
Ornamented decorations
Inside the crib
Flowery Christmas tree
Reaching for the stars....
Decorated roof

December is the best time to be in Goa! Be there!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

IFFI 2014

Many facets!
This year IFFI - International Film Festival of India was held from November 20 - 30. The venue state remains the same - Goa! It was held in the city of Panaji.
Enjoy the show...

Here are some glimpses of the IFFI festivities which I captured at the Dabolim airport itself, in Goa!


Indeed a refreshingly, cool way to welcome the tourists.....
A mini replica of the pillar at the famous Mangeshi temple

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Diwali festivities!

The festive season has set in. We love the months of September, October and November as a lot of festivals are celebrated during this time of the year.

For me, festivals are a way to remind us to be happy and celebrate the richness of life!

The Diwali festivities have set in, preparing for the main festival to be celebrated on October 23.
All type of Diwali decoration can be seen around in the markets: beautifully decorated diyas (lamps), akashdiwa’s (lanterns), decorative lighting, rangolis etc. Many of the malls and shops have been beautifully decorated too.

Here is a glimpse into the festive atmosphere in Mumbai…..

Diyas (lamps) galore for the festival of lights!
Richly decorated diyas...tempted to pick up more and more!
Colorful akashdiwas (lanterns) in varied hues...
Beautifully decorated lamp amongst a downpour of marigolds - at Haiko Mall, Powai
Royally decorated - worthy of a pose!

Let us celebrate, good over evil! Happy Diwali !!