The two main contenders of the election are two centrists from the dominant center-right and center-left parties: conservative incumbent Angela Merkel and social democrat Martin Schulz.
Dussehra marks the victory of Ram over demon Ravana and is revered as the triumph of good over evil. Whereas, in the eastern and north-eastern regions Vijayadashami marks the victory of goddess Durga over Mahishasura.
Vijayadashmi, is considered the most auspicious day of the festival as it believed that on this day the demon was killed, denoting the victory of good over evil. It was then that the name of the city was supposedly derived from the demon's name.
Durga Puja is the major festival for Bengalis across the world, and is an occasion marks the battle of good over evil. Spread across 10 days, it signifies the birth of Durga with the blessings of the gods, as a collective energy, to fight the demon king Mahishasura.
On Eid al-Adha, an animal is sacrificed to show devotion and love towards Allah. People adorn themselves in new clothes and offer their prayers. The feast that is cooked on Eid, is distributed among all as it is believed that no one should be left hungry on the day of the festival.
During the days the festival Onam is celebrated, elaborated feasts and competitions take place. One of the main highlights of the festival is the grand feast known as Onasadya, which is a nine course meal serving ten to thirteen dishes. Thousands of people come to celebrate the festival.
The 68-member Assembly is currently ruled by the Congress which holds 36 seats and Opposition BJP has 26. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who has also served multiple Lok Sabha terms, will fight for a fifth term as CM of Himachal Pradesh.
The Karnataka Assembly is in the final year of its tenure and it will finish in May 2018. Political parties have started early preparations for the off chance the state goes for early elections. But, as things stand, the state is expected to go to polls around April 2018.
As the Gujarat Assembly nears the end of its tenure in January 2018, the state is expected to go to polls in coming months. The official notification from the Election Commission of India specifying the exact schedule is expected to come around early November and the result is expected to come around early January.
Delhi bypoll: The reserved Bawana constituency is one of Delhi’s largest and most varied Assembly segments.
The solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, for the first time since 1918. The event, which is expected to last for nearly two daylight hours, with two minutes of darkness, will begin at 1.15 pm EDT (10.45 pm IST) and end at 2.49 pm EDT.
In celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu will hold talks on a range of issues, look at ways to strengthen ties in diverse fields and discuss major challenges like terrorism.
Donald Trump will host Narendra Modi at the White House on Monday afternoon and the two leaders would spend about five hours together in various settings beginning with their bilateral discussion, delegation level talks, a reception and a working dinner.
While his official engagements with President Trump will wait till Monday, on his first day, the PM has a meeting with US CEOs followed by an interaction with the Indian community in nearby Virginia in the afternoon.
Rakshabandhan is widely observed by North-Western Indians residing in Pakistan and the Hindu diaspora from Nepal who have settled elsewhere. Rabindranath Tagore had suggested to emphasize on Rakhi in order to infuse communal harmony among Indians during the British empire.
Eid marks the end of Ramadan, a religious tradition where Muslims abstain from food and water between dawn to dusk during the period.
Fasting, praying, dahi-handi, fair, traditional sweet dishes, etc are key to the festive celebrations. The 'Bhagavata Purana' states that apart from fasting and praying, devotional singing, night vigil and dramatization of Krishna legends are significant rituals of Krishna Janmashtami.
As we go about in life, being completely preoccupied with everything it has to offer, we often fail to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices made by our parents. It is only fitting then that in Mother's Day and Father's Day, we celebrate their contribution and sacrifices.
If NDA and the Opposition fail to reach a consensus on a suitable candidate for the next President, polls will be held on July 17
Reportedly, 72 teachers and students of Lucknow's City Montessori School would perform at the event to be held in United Nations headquarters in New York.
Diwali festivities start with Dhanteras, followed by 'Narak Chaturdasi' on second day, Deepawali on third day, 'Diwali Padwa' dedicated to matrimony on fourth day and ends with 'Bhai Dooj' dedicated to sister-brothr bond on the fifth day.
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