Here In Canada -
Here we watch the icicles melting and cheer on the sunshine. In Canada we’re still in the dreaming stage…dreaming of gardens filled with color, weather warm enough to be unencumbered by layers of clothing, and visions of children playing in the parks.
In India this is both harvest and planting season. There are so many festivals to celebrate. Festivals celebrating spring itself, religious festivals, harvest festivals and planting festivals.
Only 3 Main Seasons!
Spring in India is based on the Hindu calendar rather than a change in weather. Known to have only three seasons – winter, summer and monsoon, springtime is a wonderful time to travel and take part in the many layers of culture found there.
Starting in Mid-February to Mid-April, the season begins earlier than here. One of the first celebrations is Vasant Panchami – the beginning of spring.
Then for an entire month the residential gardens of the President of India are open for public viewing. A 15 acre estate knows as the Mughal Gardens surrounding the residence are a riot of springtime color. With roses, tulips and bougainvillea as the mainstay plants the beauty is spectacular. Even found are very specially planted themed gardens of bonsai, peace and tranquility etc.
As mentioned here in Canada we’re still in the dreaming stage! If you’re lucky enough to have a greenhouse you may actually be in the planting stage and planning where everything is going to go.
During the springtime months India is already feeling temperatures of 27-35 degrees Celsius.
Bamboo harvest (Chapchor kut) is celebrated shortly before the planting of spring wheat.
There are celebrations of New Years for the Baha’is and Zoroastrians’ as well as Palm Sunday and Easter.
However, one of the most colorful festivals actually known as Festival of Color or Holi is a two day celebration known nearly throughout the world now.
The festival stems from pranks that Lord Krishna was known for.
It is said that he enjoyed throwing colored powder on the village girls and wetting them, making the village a riot of bright colors during the 2 day event.
Nowadays the colored powder is still thrown but water guns are used to aim well and wet!!
Whatever your heritage – springtime in Canada is certainly worth celebrating!
Celebrate Spring with Tandoori Kingdom
Nirmal and the staff would like to give everyone a huge Thank You for the tremendous love and support this first year in business. Imagine that! Survived 2020 with all that was!!!
Join everyone at Tandoori Kingdom on Blake Street for a wide variety of wonderful flavors and very special treats.
Tandoori Kingdom offers springtime meal choices on the menu along with all the favorites of Indian Cuisine!!!