It is interesting to note that the Hindu festival Navaratri (which celebrates the nine forms of Shakti and female divinity over nine days) also overlaps with this festival.
HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI (30-31 Aug) – Hari Raya marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The month-long celebration sees families visiting the graves of their loved ones, seeking forgiveness from their each other and inviting friends and relatives over for a feast of traditional Malay delicacies like ketupat, lemang and rendang .
DEEPAVALI (26 Oct) – Generally, Deepavali or the Festival of Light, signifies the triumph of good over evil. Some believe it symbolises Lord Krishna’s victory over a demon while others celebrate it to mark Lord Rama’s joyful reunion with his wife Sita after 14 years in exile.
Coloured rice is used to make decorative motives on the floor. These interesting works of art are called kolam. Oil lamps are also lit as Hindus open their homes to friends and relatives.
CHINGAY PROCESSION (17 Dec) – Chingay began in Penang in the late 18 th century as a Chinese street procession with floats and street performers to honour the deities and welcome in Spring. Today, Chingay is largely associated with a procession of giant flags measuring up to 15 metres tall, skillfully balanced on the foreheads and shoulders of Chingay exponents ?an eye-popping feat, we assure you!
DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL (10-11 Dec) – Legend has it that Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese patriot poet of the Warring States period (475-221 BC) committed suicide by jumping into a river to protest against the corruption of the era. The commoners rushed to their boats, beating drums and splashing water with their paddles to keep the fish and evil spirits away from his body. To commemorate his death, dragon boat races are held annually. Today, these races are recognised as an international sport.
Jagatsukh Solang Valley : A very pristine valley, this is a very picturesque locale that has the best slopes for skiing and is a great picnic spot.
Rohtang Pass : This is a lovely region which is on the way to Keylong. There is the Nehru Kund here which is around 6 km from manali and is a clear water spring. Try http://www.luxury-resort-guide.com/advertising/ for luxury family resorts advertising. Here the scenic delights are fascinating. It has been so named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Then you have Kothi which is around 12 km from manali which is another picturesque locale. Her there are exciting views of the deepest gorges which are caused with the swift flow of the River Beas. Nehru Kund: With all this in tow, a visit to Manali is very interesting and exciting.