Audience Awards from Different Countries

by on April 16, 2015
in Film Festivals

Audience awards

The following is a list of audience awards presented to appreciate the efforts of most popular performers in the fields such as movies, television and music etc.

  • Constellation awards

Started in 2007 constellation awards have been offered to best works on science fiction and achievements made during the previous year. Nominees are selected by Canadian public and the winners are also chosen by them. Awards are given to male and female performers under different categories such as television, film and mini-series. In each category a number of awards are being presented to the best performers.

  • Meryl Prothom Alo Awards

This is a set of awards presented for excellence in the film industry in Bangladesh. The first awards ceremony has been held in 1998 and the event continues up to date. There are two nomination processes out of which one is done through the audiences and the other through a jury. There are 10 awards that are being chosen through each process. All award ceremonies held so far have been held in the same venue of Bangabandhu International Conference center.

  • Filmfare Awards

This is an award ceremony conducted by Times Group of India in order to appreciate the best performances in both artistic and technical fields of Hindi language films produced in India. Started as a kind of audience awards it was named as Clare’s awards at the time of its introduction in 1954. Though this annual event had a number of hiccups due to various reasons it is being held every year up to date. There are merit awards, critic’s awards, technical awards and special awards presented to various distinguished people in the industry every year. The winners are chosen by popular vote of readers of “Filmfare” a magazine dedicated to films.

The first show was held on 21st March 1954 and the number of winners chosen was five. Bimal Roy was among these five and the award was offered for his being the director of the film “Do Bigha Sameen”. Gregory Peck, the famous Hollywood star has been invited to attend this ceremony but he failed to appear on time due to a flight delay.

Awards ceremony for the year 2014 was held in the city of Mumbai and there were 31 awards. The venue was Yash Raj Studios. Best film, best director, best actor and best actress are some of the awards presented.

  • Filmfare Awards South

Similar to the Filmfare Awards given to people who excel in the Hindi cinema, Film Fare South awards are offered in order to honor those who show excellence in South Indian cinema.  Awards are presented on the same lines as the Filmfare Awards with the only difference that they are given to Tamil cinema, Telingu cinema, Malayalam cinema and Kannada cinema. Initially it was the Tamil and Thelingu film industries that were in recognition when the award ceremony was launched in 1954. However, Malayalam Cinema was included in 1967 and finally, kannada Cinema made its first appearance in 1970. Chennai and Hyderabad are the two main cities where this award ceremony was held. When it comes to cinema awards, best film, best director, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best music director, best lyricist, best male playback singer and the best female playback singer are the awards presented last year.

  • Vijay Awards

Conducted by the Tamil TV channel of STAR Vijay, this award ceremony has been conducted annually from 2006. It honors artists who have performed outstandingly during the previous year. There are also some audience awards that are being decided by the vote of audiences. In its first edition, though the viewers were asked to nominate their choices it was not necessary to focus on a particular time period. They were asked to send their nominations considering the all time performances of their favorite artists. However, this system was subjected to change with effect from 2008 and the voters need to focus on the performances of their favorite artists during the previous year at present. However, the majority of choices are made by a jury and only a few are decided by popular vote.

  • Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards

This is an award ceremony conducted under the patronage of Multichoice which is a popular digital satellite TV channel. The award ceremony is held in the Nigerian capital of Lagos. The winners are chosen by popular vote. This annual event was inaugurated in 2013 and its first edition was televised live to 50 countries.

  • Lux Style Awards

This is a Pakistani award ceremony held annually from 2002 in order to felicitate those who have shown excellence in the field of entertainment in Pakistan. The winners are chosen by a panel of experts as well as popular vote. The number of awards presented is around 30. This is the oldest awards ceremony that felicitates movies, television and fashion industries in Pakistan. Pakistanis treat this as the Oscars of Pakistan. At the time of its inauguration this ceremony was a one night event. However, presently it has expanded to an event that spans three days. During these three days various events related to Pakistani film industry are staged.

  • Polish Academy Audience Awards

This is an award presented to the best Polish Movie produced during the previous year. It is also among the many audience awards offered to artists who have shown excellence in their fields chosen by their audiences. Its inaugural ceremony has been conducted in 1999. It chooses the best polish film produced during the preceding year and the best artists. However, for the year 2004 the award has not been presented.

  • Empire Awards

Being a British ceremony to felicitate outstanding performers in the film industry the winners are chosen based on British film industry as well as the global film industry. These awards are presented by Empire, a British film magazine and the first edition was conducted in 1996. This is also among the many audience awards where winners are being chosen by the readers of the magazine. In this awards ceremony retired artists also are honored. There are honorary awards as well.

  • National Movie Awards

Started in 2007, National Movie Awards is another British ceremony conducted to appreciate those who have shown excellence in British Television. The event is conducted by ITV and the winners are found by popular vote. Awards are given to TV shows of different categories such as comedies, adventures, animations, family and performance.

  • Soft and Hard Adult Film and Television Awards

SHAFTA is a series of awards presented to the best phonographic movies in the UK. It is dubbed the Oscar offered in UK for phonographic films. The first of the ceremonies was held in the year 2010. It is Television X that organized the first award ceremony held in 2010.

  • Independent Lens Audience Awards

Those who watch the series “Independent Lens” are offered an opportunity to vote for the best episode broadcasted in a season. An award is presented to the winning episode by the broadcaster Independent Lens. The series started in 1999 and each fall 10 episodes are broadcasted. 2014 – 2015 season is the 13th season for this popular television series. The award has been presented on popular vote from 2003.

  • Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

On a Saturday in March or April every year viewers of Nickelodeon cable channel are able to view this awards ceremony. It felicitates the artists who have made the best contribution to Film, television and music during the previous year. The winners are voted in by the audiences of the TV channel. Usually, the awards ceremony is held in California. It has been shown in different venues during the past few years. Normal airtime it occupies is 90 minutes.

  • Teen Choice Awards

Aired by Fox Network Teen Choice Awards is also one of the many audience awards.  The voting is done by the audiences over the internet or through ballot forms published in magazines. The voters are teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19. The awards are presented for the best achievements made during the previous year on Movies, television, music, sports, fashion and many more. These awards offered for the first time in 1999 is still continuing and in 2014 there were allegations that the votes were rigged. However, the show will continue to this year with its many awards.

  • People’s Choice Awards

Being an American show, People’s Choice Awards is yet another one of Audience awards. It is offered to work with regard to popular culture. The voters here are members of general public. It was in 1975 when the first show was aired. Presently, the show is sponsored by Proctor and Gamble. In order to allow people to vote, the organizers of this show used Gallup Polls. However, presently voting through the internet has gained popularity.  Awards are presented on several categories such as movies, television, music and special. On each category a number of different awards are offered.

Top 5 festivals of Russia

by on September 14, 2014
in Cultural festivals

Russia is a gorgeous and fascinating holiday destination for its unique culture and festivals. The season of festivals in Russia reveals some of the most amazing and beautiful customs and rich cultural side of the country and its people. One interesting thing about these festivals is that they originate from the Christian legacy shared by Europe and America but the way these festivals are celebrated in Russia is different. Here are top five festivals of Russia that share commonalities with Europe and America but celebrated differently:

New Year

Russian festival

Considering how New Year is celebrated by every country, you must be wondering why is it unique in case of Russia. New Year is the biggest celebration in Russia. It is the way in which it is celebrated that signifies how you will spend rest of the year. For this reason, everyone dresses up in new clothes, drink and laugh until dawn, mingle with friends and have delicious dinner. New Year celebrations in Russia include lighting of New Year tree and a visit from the Russian Santa Ded Moroz.


russain festival

In Russia unlike west, Christmas is celebrated on 7th January. After New Year celebration, Christmas celebrations become less important for Russian people but this doesn’t mean that they don’t celebrate. Like other countries, people attend church services and visit family.

Victory Day


This day remembers participation of Russia in World War II. This day is marked with parades around Red Square. The square is central to Moscow as well as to Russia being the largest.

Tatiana’s Day

russian festival

This day is celebrated by Russians on 25th January. Tatiana’s Day is usually called Student’s Day. It has been named after Saint Tatiana who lived in 2nd and 3rd centuries. She was murdered for her beliefs in the Orthodox religion.

Russian Winter festival

russian festivals

Since Russia experiences one of the intense winters over the world, the country comes out strongly by organizing Russian winter festival. When the temperatures reach zero, it is then when the celebrations start. It begins in December and ends in January. This festival is not only celebrated in Moscow but all through Russia. 

Date wise calendar of November festivals

Date Wise Calendar of November Festivals

We are going to share with you a brief description of some important festivals of November.

November 1-10

  • On 1st November, All Saints Day is commemorated by the Christian community. This festival signifies recalling the great saints and their spiritual contributions for the humanity.
  • The 3rd of November marks the celebration of Prosperity Fest. It is a Mandaean-based religious festival celebrated in Iran and Iraq.
  • A horse racing event of great significance is rejoiced on 6th November. It is named Melbourne Cup because of the region in which it is organized.

November 11-20

  • The 11th of November is important for Australians because of an important festival; Remembrance Day. Here people gather to refresh the memories of the martyrs and soldiers of the World War-I.
  • On 12th, 13th and 15th, three religious festivals are organized by Baha’i, Hindus and Muslims respectively. Baha’i stop their work activities for some time to pay homage to their religious founder; Bahaullah. The Hindus celebrate the occasion of Diwali to honor the triumph of goodness over evil. Muslims, however, have a new Islamic year with the advent of Muharam.
  • On 16th, Tolerance Day is celebrated to honor this human virtue.

November 21-30

  • On 24th, Muslims commemorate Ashura to honor martyrs of Karbala whereas Sikhs mourn over the martyrdom of Guru Bahadur.
  • 25th November has an important day for humanitarians. White Ribbon Day is celebrated in this day to join hands against violence on women.
  • On 28th, the birthday of Guru Nanak is celebrated by Sikh community whereas Saint Andrew’s day is rejoiced on the 30th November.

Date wise calendar of festivals for August


Let us quickly have a look on the famous festivals of the world in a date wise format.

A date wise calendar of festivals has been enlisted below:

Festivals from 1st to 15th August

  • On 1st August, Benin and Switzerland have their National Days.
  • Rakhsa Bandhan, a Hindu religious festival is on the 2nd of August.
  • Islander Children’s Day is on 4th August with Jamaica’s National day on the 5th. Also, Ambifair Festival, Brisbane is on the 5th of August.
  • On 6th, Cook Islands has its Constitution Day while Bolivia has Independence Day on the same date. Garma Festival is also commemorated on 6th August.
  • On 9th, there is Singapore’s National Day and Darwin Festival.
  • Krishna Janmashtami, Hindu religious festival is on the 10th of August.
  • On 11th and 14th, Chad and Pakistan have their National Day and Independence Day respectively.
  • Dormition of Theotokos, a Christian festival in the memory of V1irgin Mary is on 15th. Also, Townville Cultural Festival is commemorated on the same day.

Festivals from 16th to 31st August

  • On 18th August, Henley-On-Todd Regatta is rejoiced which is also considered the festival of rowers.
  • On 19th of August, Muslims will celebrate their religious festival of Eid-ul-Fitr.
  • On 25th August, Mareeba Multicultural Festival is rejoiced to pay homage to culturally diverse groups.
  • On 27th of August, Karen Wrist Tying Ceremony will be celebrated in Hobart.
  • On 31st, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia and Tobago have their National Day respectively.


Religious festivals of May; Christian, Jewish and Buddhist events

Religious Festivals of May; Christian, Jewish and Buddhist Events

In the article, few Christian and Jewish and Buddhist festivals will be described that are celebrated in the month of May.

The human beings have been celebrating several festivals since the beginning of mankind. In Middle Ages, the people celebrated the arrival of each month with zeal and zest. On the advent of May, the people used to gather at a place and danced to wish others. The festival consisted of selecting a May Queen by circling around May Pole. This festival, commonly known as May Day is commemorated on the first of May.

Rogation Sunday

On the second of May, a Christian festival named Rogation Sunday is rejoiced. This specific festival is celebrated by walking in form of a procession. The blessings are taken from the Priest for the goodness of animals and crops. On the very same date, a Jewish festival is arranged in the memory of an event. The event was related to a plague that had afflicted people in Roman period. During this period, people get engaged in lots of outdoor activities and wedding ceremonies.

Ascension Day, Pentecost and Shavuot

The May also has few other Christian festivals like Ascension Day and Pentecost. Both of these festivals, celebrated on 13th and 23rd respectively, are concerned with Christ’s resurrection. Likewise, the Jews celebrate Shavuot on 19th to 20th as a reminder of the giving of Ten Commandments.

Vesakha Puja and Trinity Sunday

The 27th of May is spent on Vesakha Puja by Buddhists to rejoice Buddha’s birthday. It is a quite colorful occasion full of flowers and fragrance. The 29th of May is celebrated on Trinity Sunday by Christians to ponder over God’s existence.


Date wise calendar of festivals in the month of May

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Here are some festivals of May in the form of date wise calendar. You might wanna see some of these for sure!

The month of May is abundant of various colorful and exciting seasonal, religious and cultural festivals. Here a date wise calendar of festivals of May have been given which are of particular significance around the world:

  1. On 1st May, May Day festival is celebrated rejoicing the advent of spring around the world.
  2. The 2nd May is auspicious to have two religious festivals; Rogation Sunday, a Christian festival and Lag B’Omer, a Jewish festival.
  3. On 3rd May, a colorful event, Australian Celtic Festival, is organized among music and dance displays.
  4. The 5th of May celebrates Buddha Birthday while Vesak Day is rejoiced on the 6th May. Both of them are celebrated to pay homage to Buddha.
  5. The 9th and 13th of May have Europe Day and Ascension Day respectively.
  6. On 14th May, Multicultural Festival is rejoiced in Melbourne.
  7. On 17th of May onwards, Noosa Food and Wine Festival and Paniyiri Greek Festival are celebrated. Both are famous festivals showcasing the culture of their country and origin.
  8. On 19th and 20th May, a Jewish festival, Shavuot and Birthday of John are celebrated respectively. Shavuot is rejoiced in memory of the descent of Ten Commandments.
  9. The 23rd of May have Pentecost, a Christian festival in the memory of Jesus’ resurrection.
  10. On 26th May, National Sorry Day is rejoiced in Australia.
  11. The 29th of May has a Christian Festival Trinity Sunday.

Other than that, there are lot more May festivals which are celebrated across the world. 

Date wise calendar of festivals of January


Let us show you a date wise calendar of festivals that are celebrated in the month of January.

January is met with a warm welcome from everyone around the world. The people celebrate this month with interesting festivals and events. Many festivals are of cultural, seasonal and religious nature. Let us share some of the most important January festivals in a date wise calendar.

Events from 1 to 10 January

In the beginning of January, the people commemorate New Year Eve in various parts of the world. On 1st of January, Taste Festival is commemorated in Hobart with Feast of St. Basil on the same day. On 5th, the Sikh community rejoices the birth of Guru Gobind Singh. On 6th, 7th and 8th, Christmas is celebrated by Armenians and Orthodox Christians. On 7th, Sydney festival is organized; a huge celebration of music, dance and art.

Events from 11 to 20 January

On 13th, Schutzenfest, a German cultural festival is commemorated. On 15th, we have World Religion Day that is rejoiced in around 80 countries of the world. The Christians celebrate Epiphany, a religious festival on 20th of January.

Events from 21 to 31 January

Tet, a Vietnamese cultural festival and Chinese New Year are celebrated on 23rd of January. On 25th of January, the noteworthy events are Australia Day Live and Burns Night. Both are famous cultural events of Australia.

There are various other events and festivals that are commemorated in the month of January as well. You can join any festival that is commemorated around the region you live.


Why Music Festivals are Celebrated?

by on February 2, 2014
in Music festivals

Why Music Festivals are Celebrated?Have you ever wondered why do we commemorate music festivals? Well, the answer to this question might come crystal clear for those who are obsessed with music. They love it, that’s why! So, the main aim of the commemoration of the music festivals is to rejoice in as occasion which provides a fun-filled atmosphere for everyone. You can have a good time in some music festivals provided you are aware of the famous festivals being celebrated in your vicinity.

The music festivals are not restricted to one region, but they are commemorated all over the world. However, the nature of these festivals might differ depending upon the cultural differences that people have. Well, the themes of the music remain the same as they could only be one from the various genres of music. Either you will have a jazz festival or some event with some sort of classic element in it. Likewise, there are some other genres in which music is composed so you can have a variety in the form of music.

Although there are various renowned festivals across the world yet the most popular ones have been mentioned here. There is Bali Intermusic Festival, Indonesian Music Expo, Summer Sonic Festival and Spuntik Springbreak festival. These festivals are commemorated in various continents of the world with great enthusiasm. However, there are some occasions where music concerts are rejoiced in various places. These events are basically the ones where some popular singer arranged a concert where his fans are gathered. Some of these events are commemorated for a cause while others have just entertainment purpose. On the whole, these are the events which receives host of people.  So, be ready to attend the coming music festival right in your region and have loads of fun.

Celebration of Lailat Al Miraj

by on February 1, 2014
in Uncategorized

Celebration of Lailat Al MirajLailat Al Miraj is one of the primary festivals celebrated among the Muslims in different parts of the world. This festival is also popularly known as Shab-e-Miraj. It is celebrated in the month of Rajab, the seventh of the Islamic calendar.

The folks and the elder people teach their kids and tell the historic story behind this festival and celebrate it. Many of them read Quran on Lailat Al Miraj. The Muslims visit the mosques, meet their relatives and hug them. They invite their relatives on the dinner with their family and also consume their pious dessert, Sewai. Children and elders wear new clothes and the festival ends over with the lavish treat or a dinner. Read more..

The colourful festival of India- Holi

by on January 31, 2014
in Hindu Festivals

The colourful festival of India- HoliHoli, the prime festival of the Hindus, is one of the most awaited festivals awaited by the people in India. This festival is celebrated with thorough enthusiasm not only in India, but also in different corners of the world. On the event of Holi, people play with their relatives and friends and put colours on them. It is also known as Phagwah in many parts of the country. Generally, people wear old clothes in the morning or wear white clothes while playing with the colours. It is common phenomenon among the people and on a general basis, people play with water and wet colours in the morning. After getting wet in the water, it is not completed. The people prefer to play with the dry colours in the evening. They put the dry colours on the faces of their relatives and friends, which is also known as Gulaal, and wish them Happy Holi. After finally, playing with colours this day, the people have dinner with their relatives and have sweet dishes and desserts too. Read more..

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