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Film Festivals of 2015

by on February 13, 2016
in Film Festivals

The year of 2015 has brought many celebrations and festivals for the people across the globe. From religious to music festivals, billions of people celebrated them in the world. The celebrities of film world also celebrate their festival. Different events are organized at distinctive places for the celebrations of local cinema industry. Few of them are mentioned below:

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Significant Critics’ Awards

by on April 16, 2015
in Film Festivals

Critics awards, film festivals

Critics are the back bone for ensuring work quality in various fields and film industry is no exception. Several critics are attached to various film hubs and in various countries working for the betterment of industry and they scrutinize the work and announce Significant Critics’ Awards for good jobs done. Several organizations and associations arrange these Significant Critics’ Awards with specific terms and conditions while following set criteria. Interestingly some Significant Critics’ Awards have been famous with their nick names or names which are not really official. Example is that “Hollywood’s Academy Awards” are usually called “Oscar”. In certain cases awards are named after the organization or forum arranging the award. These are however in three major categories namely:

  1. Critics’ Awards are periodically announced by a group of critics.
  2. Festival Awards are from amongst the films shown in a specific film festival.
  3. Industry Awards are given to selected professionals who contributed significantly to some branch of industry.
  1. The “International Federation of Film Critics” is abbreviated as FIPRESCI because of its French name “Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique”. This is a critics’ association of national organizations of film critics as well as journalists. It is a global set up for the development and promotion of film cultures and for looking after the interests of film as a profession. This Significant Critics’ Awards were first initiated in 1930 from Belgium and expanded worldwide to fifty countries by now. Various famous film festivals and the films shown therein are the selection base for this forum like “Cannes Film Festival” or very popular “Venice Film Festival”. The selected films need to be innovatively made. There are minimum 15 Significant Critics’ Awards given out so far to various personalities from film industry.  Interestingly the award recipients, sometimes do not  agree to decision regarding the Industry Awards as Robert Bresson did this in Cannes Film Festival in1974 having differed with the decision that he deserved some other award category. That is of course, part of the selection process as well as individual choices within a human nature.
  2. “The Argentine Academy of Cinematography Arts and Sciences” gives out its Significant Critics’ Awards for recognizing outstanding film makers from Argentina. These Industry Awards are known as “Premios Sur” presented each year by the Academy to various industry workers including technicians, producers, directors and actors etc. The Academy comprises of 220 voting members for the films released in Argentine.
  3. Formed in 1996 for Significant Critics’ Awards, AFCA began as the Melbourne Film Critics’ Forum, expanding to a national organization in 2004. In the same year, AFCA became an Australian representative of the International Federation of Film Critics(FIPRESCI), which comprises the national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world. FIPRESCI has members in more than 50 countries worldwide. AFCA helped to establish the first FIPRESCI jury at the Adelaide Film Festival.

4.      Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) is a group of famous professional critics in Australia comprising film journalists, film reviewers etc providing deliberations, discussions, technical analysis and discussing various aspects of word cinema. This is the Significant Critics’ Awards forum that focuses on mainstream cinema and independent cinema to take care of various films that were challenging. The forum started in 2008 taking 2007 films into consideration like The Best Australian Film, Best film from overseas and then addressing documentary which includes even the films not yet released.

  1. Bangladesh government sponsors film Significant Critics’ Awards known as “National Film Awards” which is the premium film award ceremony in Bangladesh. Bangladesh got independence in 1971 and these Significant Critics’ Awards were initiated in 1975. Industry Awards are given each year through a government selected panel. These are around 24 award categories that include best actor, best producer, best playback singer, best child artist and even best makeup etc.
  2. The Belgian Film Critics Association is the name of Belgian film critics organization usually known as UCC for the French name “Union de la Critique de Cinéma”. The association for Significant Critics’ Awards was founded in 1950s and the members are newspaper reviewers, weeklies and various magazines. The festival or event is held in December for the past one year activity. Selection is done through polls by academicians, students, filmmakers and others having significant knowledge about films. Most important Significant Critics’ Awards are given to “film that contributed the most to the enrichment and influence ofcinema” known as “Grand Prix”. There are few sub-categories too for honoring working people in different areas of film industry.
  3. The famous Indian Significant Critics’ Awards named IIFA Awards (known as International Indian Film Academy Awards) were initiated in year 2000 at the majestic place in UK “The Millennium Dome”. This ceremony continues in various important locations to prove worth of the award and its global recognition. It started with one night event to now three day celebration that also includes various events and activities related to Indian Film Industry. These Significant Critics’ Awards are now globally awaited and recognized awards presented each year to grant recognition to technical as well as artistic excellence in Indian film industry professionals. The forum finalizes awards for the films released in previous year. To add an innovation IIFA added unusual categories in 2009 like Director of the Decade, Star of the Decade (Male/Female) Music of the Decade and Movie of the Decade. These Significant Critics’ Awards are a kind of reminder of achievements and like revisiting history.

There are several like 30 other award giving forms in India too but IIFA is the most prestigious and just international. Other forums are either regional or specific to certain aspects and do not cover such a large spectrum.

  1. TFCA stands for “Toronto Film Critics Association” is the Toronto based organization comprising film reviewers and publications. Since 1999, TFCA is member famous FIPRESCI that allows giving of Significant Critics’ Awards. A large number of broadcasters and journalists who keep critiquing and commenting on films are also part of it. These members are from significant electronic and print hubs in Toronto. They manage juried festivals throughout the world – Venice to Berlin and from Cannes to Toronto. TFCA started its working to present /announce awards since 1998. TFCA first meeting was held in 1997 and the awards announced are fat and pompous respected globally, like they give away $100,000 to the director of a film from Canada. TFCA is not the only awarding forum, there are others like VFCC (Vancouver Film Critics Circle), Genie Award and CFA (Canadian Film Awards) too who have their own respect and recognition in film industry.
  1. Pakistan though does not has a global prominent presence in film industry but the industry is always struggling for survival against neighboring film giant India. Among the Significant Critics’ Awards, Pakistan has Lux Style Awards, Nigar Awards, Bolan Academy Awards, National Film Award and now recently announced ARY Film Awards. TheLux Style Awards are presented annually since year 2002 addressing the “style” of film industry in Pakistan. These are around 30 awards and address Pakistani film, television, fashion and sometimes theater industry too. There is a committee of experts and polls from public that makes decision for the award winning. This is one of the local premier and respected award and known as “Pakistani Oscar” too.  Pakistan film industry is very much prone to imported film content mainly from India of which dialect is very much close to Urdu and now lately from Turkey after dubbing for local market. Turkish dramas are quite welcomed in Pakistan bring in in new style and trend as well as challenge for the industry where Significant Critics’ Awards are applicable.
  2. Russia though remained behind an iron curtain for a long time but has a glaring history in film industry as well as Significant Critics’ Awards. MIFF is “Moscow International Film Festival” is another film festival since 1935 but it takes place regularly since 1959 on alternate years till 1995 and later on till now it is held each year. MIFF top prize depicts a statue in shape of Saint Georgewhile attacking a dragon with reference to “Coat of Arms of Moscow”. Lately since year 2000 Nikita Sergeyevich Mikhalkov who is a famous Russian actor, filmmaker and Head of Cinematographers’ Union has been president of MIFF. Since 2012 the film director from Brazil is heading the jury for Significant Critics’ Awards. His name is Hector Babenco.  Usual member of this jury are famous film directors, critics from various countries.
  3. Film industry remains incomplete without Hollywood that has history as well as the trend setting role in film industry and the Significant Critics’ Awards. AFI or “The American Film Institute” is an organization for education in film industry aimed for filmmakers. American President Lyndon B. Johnson founded it through a presidential mandate in 1965 announced from The White House, Rose Garden. Purpose was to establish and organization at national level for preserving film heritage legacy, its education and to develop next generation of film makers as well as honoring the work of film industry as a whole and grant of Significant Critics’ Awards. AFI honors the beautiful heritage of the moving picture arts. Public membership and private funding support AFI. It constitutes film industry leaders like academic communities, leaders from the film, stalwarts from entertainment and film business tycoons. AFI has also established a wonderful training program to support filmmakers named as “Center for Advanced Film Studies”. The institute also created repertory film exhibition platform at a famous place known as “The Kennedy Center” in the early years for Performing Artsand then a Feature Films Catalogue  which a research source for American films and its history. Later AFI moved to film hub in Hollywood in 1981 and that really worked for the support and wellbeing of American film industry and now grants Significant Critics’ Awards for excellence in film industry.

There are several different factors to motivate workers, contributors and individuals who work for an industry. These are financial, power, achievement, advancement and the ability to contribute, etc.  People who feel good are surer of their abilities and their contribution to a specific area and make them satisfied and happy for what they do. These Significant Critics’ Awards also bring forth the importance of good workers, sponsors and contributors of the industry. This also brings better opportunities within the industrial sector and makes it more popular among masses.

Film Industry awards

by on April 16, 2015
in Film Festivals

Film industry, awards

People usually dislike criticism but expert consider this as a positive and healthy activity as it takes one to correct path by pointing out errors and omissions. It also helps in improving quality of work too. Critics are therefore, back bone for ensuring work quality and make progress by doing “better next time”. Those who listened to critics have reached stars and enjoying peak of profession collecting film industry awards. These critics mainly, and other professionals formed various forum for appreciating quality work in film industry too. They review the films with keen interest and with a professional eye. These forums have become popular by becoming authority in film industry too. Their awards are prestigious and give strength and recognition to recipients. They developed certain standards and levels for achieving awards and those standards need to be met religiously without a slip.

There is a large list from various countries and organizations that arrange review of film industry on various levels and then announce awards as per certain criteria for each award. Recognition of good work is done by giving away an award through their work recognition. There are nick names for awards too and surprisingly those nick names are more known and have more popularity.

These Film Industry Awards are of three categories. One is announced by critics who vote on film work on annual basis. Others are festival awards which are given to the best of the film presented during the festival and lastly the industry awards given to all who contribute for betterment if film industry, given to all field workers and directors. This may include cameramen, lighting boys and recordists too. It is basically recognition of good work to boost film industry. Every person, from writer to composer and from stage designer to sound recordist is a team to work in harmony and make the task a success. Here are few of the famous Film Industry awards.

  1. Among the famous film industry awards, NSFC stands for “The National Society of Film Critics” is an organization formed by film critics for American films. This forum is most prestigious organization and is known for their authority and respect in American film industry. There is a large number of critics, as much as 60, associated with NSFC who are regular contributors to newspapers, TV Channels, periodicals and magazines round the year. They are the people whose comments are considered as authority in film industry and respected as such. The forum was found back in 1966 (New York City) by a group of critics of that time. The annual awards given by NSFC are known for its prestige and approved by film critics of USA. The NSFC is also representative for America for “International Federation of Film Critics” that comprises the forum for all national organizations comprising professional film critics together with the film journalists from all around the world. Interestingly FIPRESCI has worldwide memberships in 50+

NSFC announces awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting, Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Non-Fiction Film

2.      About The National Board of Review (NBR) is an old set up in USA for Film Industry Awards, started working more than a century ago and focused its efforts for supporting local and foreign film from art as well as entertainment point of view. This is a non-profit set up honors any distinctive artist in film industry and recognizes excellence of work in films to support freedom of expression depicted in film and responsible for Film Industry Awards. NBR main activities include supporting comments on all areas and angles of any film, patronage of educational films and caring for the film students and learners. NBR has also been helping and involved in philanthropic commitments to support film schools, students and Children Aid Society etc.

  1. IIFA Awards (International Indian Film Academy Awards), the famous event in India for Film Industry Awards started in 2000 at the beautiful place in England called “The Millennium Dome”. The venue shifted to various places internationally ensuring easy access to participants and invitees. This shifting of venue granted the event a global recognition and prestige. It used to be one-night event at the starting point but now stretched as three full days’ event. The celebrations also include numerous activities concerned with Indian film industry. Now the recognition is such that film industry people eagerly wait for the event. The event is now an authority on Indian film because of recognition of awards has become famous. The awards recognize excellence of various aspects in Indian film industry. A well respected forum finalizes previous year released and un-released films. Not only the annual release, the forum also considers working on basis of full decade like Male Star of the Decade, Female Star of the Decade, Director of the Decade, Music of the Decade or Movie of the Decade. These awards show a long affiliation and commitment with film industry and remind the audience about the immediate past too. Perhaps the forum will also consider life achievement awards for legends in different industry sectors.

India has become film industry hub and that is why the industry has more than 25 other awards announced by different forums in India. Some are global, some being national and some being regional but each has its own recognition.

  1. BAFTA is “The British Academy of Film and Television Arts”, is a self-governing charity to support, promote and develop the art practices of the moving image – that includes video games, film and television together with granting Film Industry Awards. In addition to its annual awards ceremonies, BAFTA has an international, year-round program for film industry development and coaching new entrants by conducting workshops and lectures so the talent could directly have access to expertise. BAFTA also started “the British Film Academy” in 1947 for this purpose. In 1953, the academy started another venture named ”The Guild of Television Producers and Directors” to recognize the talent by giving This was merged with “Society of Film and Television Arts” in 1958 under the royal patron-ship at Buckingham Palace. This further advanced and British Academy of Film and Television Arts(BAFTA) was officially opened in 1976 at famous Piccadilly, London for its work on Film Industry Awards.
  2. The most recognizable UK film trophies are bronze masks presented at its annual ceremonies for arts, TV Craft, Film, television, Video Games etc. that an American named Mitzi Cunliffe designed for the event. This is known as symbol of excellence globally. Later in 1955 the mask took other shapes depicting concept of the theatrical tragicomic mask with more complex design with certain modifications. Now BAFTA ward, including the bronze mask Film Industry Awards are presented to recognize excellence of work in film industry.
  3. The French film industry has a typical system for recognizing excellence in various areas of film making. Traditionally French film is criticized and reviewed by various forums namely César Awards, Lumières Award, Prix Jean Vigo, Prix Lumière, Prix Romy Schneider, Prix Suzanne Bianchetti and famous René Clair Award. Out of these The César Award is designated as the highest value film honor national film award of the country; delivered since 1976 in the Nuit des César ceremony. There is are 12 categories of filmmaking professionals having support from the French Ministry of Culture. Each February, the event is formally telecasted from Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Victoires de la Musique for music and Molière Award is also given for theatre. Comparing these with American Academy Award, it is the mere French equivalent. The first “Night of Caesar”, another name for César Awards started in 1976, Jean Gabin being the chairman. Étoile de cristal (fr) was awarded from 1955 till 1975 and that was later replaced by The César Awards. The period from 1934 to 1986 had been great as one prominent films used to get the Grand prix du cinéma français (fr). Another award was initiated in 1950s, named the Victoire du cinéma français (fr), Film Industry Awards given in each June. This was however discontinued in 1964 as it lacked enthusiasm. The César Awards started as 13 awards and now these are twenty two awards dedicated to nine subcategories. Besides the main ceremony, there is a sister ceremony named the Prix Daniel Toscan du Plantier (fr) that carries some additional Film Industry Awards for recognizing the new comers who show talent.
  4. Germany has a long history in film industry but just three Film Industry Awards granting events. These are Berlin International Film Festival followed by Golden Bear (best picture) and then Silver Bear (jury grand prize, director, actor and actress). The Berlin International Film Festival translated in German as “Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin”, is known as “The Berlinale”. The Berlinale is among the world’s prominent film festivals and among the most respected and awaited media events. It started in Berlin in 1951 but since  1978 it is held annually attracting sale of around 0.3 million tickets sold and half million people attending the event. This makes this event and event with largest public attendance festival where around 400 films are viewed divided in various sections. Not all but just around 20 of them reach the status of Silver and golden Bears. In parallel 20,000 professionals attend the satellite events from over 130 countries. There are more than 4,000 journalists who are responsible to expose the event to 110 countries. Red carpet is made available to all movie stars, celebrities and high-profile feature film premieres. The Film Industry Awards event, no doubt has attained global media attention, cosmopolitan character integrating art; commerce and glamour in one go.

These multiple events are a source of motivating good work and bring the doers at red carpet and recognize good work and top performance to surface. Film industry related people keep waiting for the events to make their place and exhibit the best of work done by them. The events are a source of strength and togetherness of film industry where best of the best can meet and seek public opinion what they have done in such events for Film Industry Awards.

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.

Christmas

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

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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

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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.

 

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