Easter is a very popular holiday that is celebrated worldwide by Christians and Jews (as Passover). The article reveals some significant details about the celebration of the same.

This year, Easter, the oldest Christian holiday, falls on April 1 and it is celebrated all over the world by devout and non-believers alike. Here we present seven must-know facts about this much-loved festival:

  1. The rise of the dead: The reason why Easter is celebrated so widely because it carries with it joyous theological meaning. It is the day when Christ was supposed to have been resurrected which is supposed to have occurred on the third day of his burial according to the New Testament, thus proving that he is indeed the Son of God.
  2. Before Easter: Easter is preceded by a number of important commemorative days such as the Good Friday which remembers Jesus’ crucifixion and death. Forty days before Easter is the Christian ‘festival’ of Lent which is celebrated finally concluding in the in the Holy Week where the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus are commemorated.
  3. What’s up with all the chocolate? Easter eggs are usually hard-boiled, decorated eggs used as gifts. Although the oldest customs included using chicken eggs, the modern way is to make chocolate eggs that are symbolic of the empty tomb of Jesus (the cracking open of the eggs thus alluding to resurrection). There are Easter egg hunts that are widely popular such as the annual one held at the White House.
  4. Not your usual Santa: The legend of the Easter Bunny started among the German Lutherans, where a hare played the role of a judge who decided the children in the beginning of the season or Eastertide. The bunny is supposed to appear and bring coloured eggs in his basket, candies and other gifts to the children’s homes on Easter Eve.
  5. Floral symbols: Lilies are associated with Easter and they symbolise the resurrection, new life, hope and the beginning of a new season. The Easter Lily is supposed to have originated (according to Christian mythology) in the garden of Eden where the flower originated from the tears shed by Eve when she left Eden.
  6. The colour red: Orthodox Greek Christians dye their Easter eggs red which symbolises blood and the victory of life over the death of Jesus. Some legends also link the colour to Mary Magdalene, the alleged spouse of Jesus as well as the Virgin Mary.
  7. Namesake: the festival is supposed to be named after a pre-Christian goddess in England called Eostre who symbolised the beginning of spring. According to the writings of a 7th-century monk named Bede, the celebration of Easter during the spring or the month of “Eosturmonath” (in Old English) led to the coining of the name of the festival by later Christians.


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College fests, generally associated with vibrancy and euphoria, have recently been reduced to money making opportunities for participants. The relatively easy availability of sponsors has allowed almost all fests to hand out exorbitant cash prizes thus ensuring considerable footfall. Consequently the actual concept of fests has faded into oblivion leaving one ‘cultural bonanza’ indistinguishable from the rest.

In such a depressing scenario specially for purists, Tarang 2012, the annual fest of LSR, comes as a refreshing change. For once the conversation hasn’t touched upon the prize money. (Alright, you caught my bluff. It has atleast tended to digress). Tarang has managed to generate such excitement among people as not witnessed for a long time and not only among the boys.

If the events’ description is anything to go by (found on the Tarang website), Tarang promises to be loads of fun. There is something for everyone. Photographers, debators(both Hindi and English), writers, singers and dancers; none will find themselves out of place.

The competitions are not the only attraction. Shailaja Taparia(General Secretary, LSR Students’ Union), tells us that, Abish Mathew, contemporary comedian of repute, is going to tickle your funny bone on the Comedy Night to be held during the fest. LSR itself is amazed that Abish would grace Tarang with his presence. It will definitely be a sin to miss Comedy Night.

Kritika Bhardwaj, President of the Students’ Union, outlined various security and procedural issues regarding the fest. Participants will have to submit their id cards at the gate. The others will need a pass to enter the college during the fest. Each LSR girl will have one pass on her. Having an LSRian as a girlfriend definitely has its perks. NSS and NCC will be on hand to ensure security is maintained and that people without passes don’t get in. On a not so scary note Kritika says that the Rock Show, DJ night, Western Dance and Choreo are events one just cannot afford to miss.

Rabindranath Tagore’s works form the underlying theme of the fest thus making him Tarang’s personality. Happy 150th to you Sir.

Apart from the more serious main events, there are a number of informal events so that no one feels left out. LSR’s minute to win it, a much better take on the popular game than the Indian version, is bound to keep most on their toes. The Giant Crossword Puzzle, another unconventional game, gives away goody bags everytime some one solves the clue.

Tarang does not only have attractions for the guys but also has enough to please the shopaholic in every girl. Jewellery and clothing among others will be the items on offer. Foodies won’t be disappointed either as there will be an exotic array of eatables waiting to devoured including Mughlai, Mexican and Afghani dishes.

Tarang has come a long way since last year. The official website, the promotional video and picture badges are all new additions from last year.

Tarang looks like one of those Bollywood masala movies with something in it for everyone. And as is often the case with such movies, Tarang looks all but set to be a rapturous blockbuster!


Were a long flowing white beard synonymous with immense wisdom, discord would cease to exist and peace would reign supreme. Unfortunately however, that is not as rampant as we would like. On the other hand, the aforementioned white bearded men seem to have an addiction to spice and sensationalism; sentiments they are usually bereft of by virtue of their religious beliefs. As a result these geriatric souls leave no stone unturned in trying to make the most of a scandal.

In such a scenario had Salman Rushdie’s impending arrival in India for the Jaipur Literature Festival not caused a stir, more than just a handful amongst us would’ve sat up and taken notice. Why should his return be such a cause for concern though? We’re all fully aware that India as a country does not dwell in the past and always believes in looking forward; therefore, to find the answer we must go back to the year 1988 when Mr. Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses was released.

Another exercise these mullahs are particularly adept at is misinterpreting any written statement, be it from a novel of from a cookbook for that matter. So it didn’t come as a surprise when they mistook Mr. Rushdie’s choice of title to imply that the Quran itself was being touted as the ‘Satanic Verses’ or when translated in Arabic, ‘verses from evil’.

Anybody who is familiar with Mr. Rushdie’s writing and appreciates it would not run screaming blasphemy to the nearest police station knowing fully well that Satanic Verses is meant to be a fictional piece of work. But that is exactly what happened. The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, went to the extent of issuing a fatwa against this modern Islamist. The fatwa called upon Muslims to execute this heretic for he must ‘incur the wrath of God and be unsuccessful in his quest towards maligning the Prophet’. It also served as a warning to those who might be foolish enough to insult the ‘sacred belief of the Muslims’.

Considering the novel was written in English for a Western audience and was much appreciated for the literary skill it displayed, the book along with its author was banned in several countries including India. Moreover, that wasn’t the end of the atrocities. A reward was announced for the one who would ‘terminate that anti-Islamist’. Apart from several assassination attempts on Rushdie, bookstores were bombed, copies of the book were burnt, several translators and publishers were attacked and quite a few were killed.

Whatever the time period, to say the furor was justified would be pushing things more than just a wee bit. This reaction which gave fanaticism an entirely new meaning took half the world with surprise. The concept of freedom of speech and action became the hypocrite’s fable and mullahs were pleased.

Although the fatwa has been withdrawn and Mr. Rushdie has paid a visit to India in 2007 causing not more than a few excited whisperings, elections and a controversy are quite a potent combination. While BSP has turned the EC ruling of covering up Mayawati’s statues to its advantage, the Samajwadi Party in an ingenious move has sought to turn the Rushdie advent as its own trump card. The fact that the Doeband Seminary has demanded that Rushdie be not allowed to attend the Literature Fest later this month has therefore come at the most opportune time. Obviously, since Muslims account for 18% of the vote bank, their sentiments have to be taken into consideration.

What these Politicos and the Fatwa-issuing Mullahs have failed to grasp however is the fact that we are no longer living in the 90s! Much to their dismay the youth, be it Islamic or non-Islamic, condemns this ideology of banning any work of art or culture that may be bold. A shielded atmosphere is regressive and banal in the extreme.

I have a feeling that this year’s Lit Fest will see the maximum turnout. Not because of the literary greats that’ll be gracing the Festival with their presence this year but because of our tendency to revel in the scandalous and the sensational. The hype will make it all the more worth it.


The 4th edition of Histrionica, the annual theatre festival of the Shri Ram College of Commerce is here, but with a changed format. A four day festival, it will be held from the 16th-19th January 2012. The previous editions of the festival were competition based, but this year, productions won’t be competing for any prizes but the participating teams would instead be felicitated with certificates, cash, and mementos.

The four day festival is slated to see performances of nine stage plays including three by the dramatics society of SRCC, eight street plays, ‘Groove’ the choreography competition and a number of filler events which include Shutters- the photography competition, Ad-Mad, Imagery-the poetry writing competition, ‘This, then that’- the act and react competition, Mimmikry Gimmikry. Along with these events, there’ll be a street play performance on the ill effects of tobacco by the children of NGO Hriday. These children were subjected to tobacco torture and have now been rescued. As a part of its roadtrip, Lok, the theatre group from Kolkatta will be performing its musical. It will also be conducting workships during the fest.

The festival received 21 stage play entries out of which 13 were shortlisted based on the content, and the idea was to select a spectrum of genres. The judging at this level was done by the faculty of the dramsoc of SRCC and certain alumni. These teams went through another round of selection in which they showed a few select scenes from their play. Acting, direction, execution, basic lights, music and use of the sets were some of the parameters on which they were evaluated. The judges’ panel in this round included two alumni of the dramatics society of SRCC, and one each from that of Sri Venkateswara College and Hindu College.

The plays that will be performing are ‘Mr Kolpert’ by Ramjas College, ‘Us Paar’ by Ibtida, the Hindi Dramatics Society of Hindu College, ‘Ek tha Gadha’ by Hansraj College, ‘Skeleton Woman’ by LSR, ‘Park’ by Ramjas College, ‘The Blue Moon’ by KMC. Plus, SRCC’s own dramsoc will be putting up the plays titled ‘The Untitled’, ‘Three Blind Mice’, and the ‘Studio Ruins’.

‘Skeleton Woman’ by LSR is a story about two people who defeat fantastical odds to be together. Swinging between reality and make believe it weaves together an Inuit folktale and a modern day story about a young fisherman turned writer with a potent imagination and his long suffering wife. Raksha Thakur plays the young man, Saumya Deojan plays young woman one and Garima Jaju plays young woman two.

‘Us Paar’ by Hindu College revolves around Meera, an ordinary homemaker, a mother but an extraordinary wife who sees a hero in her poet husband – Sagar, whom the world has conveniently tagged a failure. To reassure Sagar of his greatness, Meera takes it upon her to make him believe that he will essentially complete that one composition with which he has been struggling. The play is directed by Aarushie Sharma and the charcters are played by Anuran Das Gupta, Vishakha Singh, Vedi Sinha, Shreya and Animesh Panwar.

For the street play part, nineteen entries were received out of which eight were selected. The plays that would be performing during the festival are ‘Tu Maar De Seeti’ by CBS, ‘Zarurat Kya Thi’ by Hindu College, ‘Albert Pinto ko Gussa Kyun Aata hai’ by IP College, ‘Mehfooz’ by DRC, ‘Praathmik’ SRCC, Dharm by Khalsa College, Laalsa by Hansraj College and ‘Ugte Suraj ka Sapna’ by SGGSC.

DHARM- the street play of Khalsa College tries to question the concept and relevance of religion in the contemporary world. The focus of the play lies on the creation and establishment of religion/religions and their interpretations in today’s times. The play tries to explore the control on and fear of religion in the common man. The play is an attempt to look for answers to a few difficult questions like-‘Is religion a creation of man’, ‘Has religion become an escape for us’, ‘Has man become a puppet in the hands of his own doing’ and ‘Do all religions preach the same things’

‘Albert Pinto ko Gussa Kyun Aata hai’ by IP College disapproves the apathetic outlook to daily news headlines of rape, murder and abuse and questions human nature.

The theme of the play ‘Tu Maar De Seeti’ by CBS primarily revolves around the phenomenon of ‘Whistle-Blowing’. The motivation for the play came from the tragic fate of Sh. Satyendra Kumar Dubey, who was murdered for raising his voice against the corruption in NHAI. The play aims to awaken the conscience of the masses and encourage them to speak out against anything wrong.

Histronica is one of the finest and the most popular theatre festivals in campus. It was started four years back by four of the alumni members of the society. Talking about changing the format of the festivals, Medha Bankhwal, organizer, Histrionica says, “ The idea of holding a performance based festival is to bring together theatre enthusiasts to appreciate the art and not rank them as first, second and third. Street plays can’t be judged. Because you can’t label one social issue as more important than the other”.

Street theatre today, as we see has evolved a lot. Its not only about a group of young men and women performing a street play using danda, chunni and daffali as props. Today we see innumerable musical instruments, jute sacks, powdered colors, placards, banners, huge cloth pieces, et al being used as props. Talking about this change, Dhruv Raj Gupta, an alumnus of SRCC dramsoc says, “If using different props makes conveying the message of a play easier, then why refrain from using it. Theatre after all has no boundries”.

Medha agrees with him, “Street theatre gets audience who aren’t even vaguely interested in theatre. It spreads a message through entertainment. So if using certain props makes the play more interesting, then why not use it. And anyway there isn’t any hard and fast rule that you have to stick to a chunni danda and daffali as props”.


The second festival of Eid, also known as Eid-ul-Fitr, falls in the holy month of Ramzan. The festival of Id-ul-Fitr in Delhi is celebrated with much fun and gaiety. Muslims fast throughout the month of Ramzan and the last day of this month marks the celebration of Eid. Ramzan teaches people self-control and Eid instructs them to let go. People indulge in shopping during this festive season and present gifts to the near and dear ones.


On this day, worshippers visit mosques to offer Eid prayers. After praying, people embrace and greet each other. On this day, a special sweet dish ‘sewai’ is prepared. Melas are also held on this festive occasion, where people dressed in their special clothing go and enjoy the merry-go-rounds, swings, songs, music and good food.

The day before Eid al-Fitr families typically donate food such as rice, barley or dates, to the less well off. The donation is known as “sadaqah al-fitr” or charity of fast breaking. Eid itself marks the first day of the Islamic calendar’s month of Shawwal.


In New Delhi , many Muslims flock to  the biggest and hugely popular mosque ‘Jama Masjid’ to offer Eid prayers.

Interesting fact: In New York City’s iconic Empire State Building was lit in green in honor of Eid-al-Fitr from October 12-14, 2007