Wednesday, 26 September 2012

2nd Birthday Party Ideas

Hippie themed

It is a great idea for 2nd birthday party. You have to buy a huge Inflatable Ball that the kids could roll around and get inside.  The party should be located at a park with a "toddler" play structure so that the parents didn’t have to be directly with their children as they play. You have to buy a sidewalk chalk so the kids could color on the ground (easy clean up) and little tie-die beach balls. You could use different color table cloths, nothing really needed to match the cause you can go with the Tie-Die idea.
 For food, you could hire a "taquero"- taco man- they would bring all their own plates, the food, salsa, toppings for the tacos and charge by the amount of people that were going to be at the party. It would be great relief because nobody has to cook in the party bags, you could also put toddler friendly candies, nothing too hard, and silly straws. Each kid gets to take home a little inflatable tie-die ball. It’s a great idea but you have to decide according to your budget.

                                                                    Activity tables

If you are inviting friends, meaning you have lots of little ones around.  Activity tables are a great 2nd birthday party idea. The idea is to cover a table with butcher paper, and then put play-doh out there. Kids are creative. We have seen that kids break things and try to find out what it is made of.
Kids like to create things. It gives them a chance to show their creativity. We can stuff the container and add it to their party-gift bag as a bonus. I had a party outdoors and wanted to keep the kids entertained, so I had a play-doh table and a coloring table, plus a potato sack race. This would keep the kids busy.

A simple Idea

You could go to the water park. Children love to play with water. You could swim with your child for whole day. You could ask the grandparents to look after the food. You could buy the food in the water park or you could bring the food from your home. It depends on your budget. At the end of the day you would find that that your children enjoyed a lot.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Yom Kippur: Day of self-purification

Yom Kippur is one of the holiest days on the Jewish religious calendar. It is also known as Day of Atonement. Jewish people keep a 25-hour period of fasting and do intensive prayer. People atone for their sins by fasting and abstaining from all material things including work for an entire day. People ask God for repentance and commit that they would not repeat their past mistakes.

Yom means "day" in Hebrew and Kippur comes from a root that means "to cover" or "to hide". People ask for forgiveness from God for their evil actions against God and the mankind. When Yom Kippur ends people hope that they have been forgiven by God.

Yom Kippur is the tenth day of the month of Tishrei. According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person's fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to seal the verdict.

The soul is the main force of our body. It is believed that if our body is in uncomfortable state then our soul would feel the same and would be in an uncomfortable state. It is our duty that we should keep away from the things which makes us uncomfortable. One feels the pain when the person goes through the situation. We should never put a person in a state of pain by our actions because he can only feel the pain. Pain can't be shared with other person.

Wearing white clothing is the symbol of one’s purity.

Yom Kippur is the time to say sorry to our family, friends and relatives for our actions which hurt them and ask for forgiveness. Desievite has a great collection of sorry e-cards. We can bring a smile on somebody face if we hurt them by our action by sending a “Hugs and Smile” e-cards. Desievite is the portal which has an excellent collection of e-cards. In addition to that the process of sending e-cards is very simple. It is a matter of few clicks. Don't think a lot. Just visit and send an e-card today.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Gandhi Jayanti: A tribute to Father of Nation

The principle of majority does not work when differences on fundamentals are involved.

Gandhi Jayanti or Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti commemorates the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. It is celebrated on 2nd October every year because he was born on this day in Porbandar Gujarat, India. He was son of Putlibai Gandhi (Mother) and Karamchand Gandhi (Father). He is also known as Father of Nation in India. He is still famous for his non-violence or satyagraha which constituted to a great degree in Indian independence. In India he was also called Bapu ("Father").

He was born in a small coastal town Porbandar in Gujarat, Gandhi married Kasturbai Makhanji at the age of 13. Gandhi at the age of 18 went to England to study law and returned to India in 1915. After he returned home he got involved in Indian Independence movement and played a vital role.  He is still known for Dandi March Salt in 1930 and later the most popular Quit India movement which forced the British to leave India in 1942.

He wrote his autobiography in the book named "My experiments with Truth" which reveals many facts about his childhood. He was married to Kasturba Gandhi at the tender age of 13. He lived a simple life and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl. He also used to spin a charkha to get yarn.

 In United Nations it is observed as International Day of non-violence. In India a public holiday is declared on Gandhi Jayanti.  All the institution like schools, colleges, banks remain close on this day. To tribute this great soul, the Indian government mint rupee notes and also issue postage stamp depicting Mahatma Gandhi's photo.

He died on 30 January 1948. At this time he was seventy eight (78). He was assassinated by a person named NathuRam Godse.  
Mahatma Gandhi's life and principles has inspired many people. He was an architect of Indian Independence. His teachings must be used to resolve current conflicts, avoid violence, to find peaceful solutions and to make our world a better place to live.

One of the most popular songs which is sung on this day is:
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, Patit Pavan Sita Ram
Sita Ram Sita Ram, Bhaj pyare tu Sitaram
Ishwar Allah tero naam, Sab ko Sanmti de Bhagawan..........

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Vishwakarma Pooja: Marks the Contribution of Non-living things

Vishwakarma Pooja is celebrated to worship Lord Vishwakarma, an Indian god. It is known that he was an architect.  He constructed cities like Dwarka where Lord Krishna ruled. In addition to that he constructed Maya Sabha of the Pandavas. He also created many weapons for the Gods.

On this occasion all the non-living things are worshiped. It is thought that they also have life. People clean their houses. In addition to that people also clean their non-living things like scooter and car. Bus companies wash their buses and worship them. Trains are also cleaned and worshiped on this day. Big companies
organise a puja. After the puja the workers of the companies also distribute sweets amongst them.  On this day all the vehicles are given rest. All big factories are also closed on this day.

People pray for the grace of Lord Vishwakarma so that they can succeed in their areas of work.  They also pray for the smooth functioning of the machinery.

This year Vishwakarma pooja would be celebrated on either 16 or 17th of September.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Rosh Hashanah: A New Beginning

Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the New Year for the Jewish religion. It usually occurs in the early autumn. It starts on first day of Tishrei and ends on the second day of Tishrei. It is the first month of the civil year in the Hebrew calendar. It usually occurs in September–October on the Gregorian calendar.

Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey. A shofar is a horn used by the Jewish for religious purposes. The shofar is blown for one month before the starting of Rosh Hashanah. It is believed that the sound of the sofar awakens the people from the unconsciousness state of mind. In addition to that it alerts the people that the judgement for their actions are also coming from the God and they should work on the purification of their mind. In addition to that people pray in temples on this day. People also reflect on the things done in the past.

It is the New Year for people, animals, and legal contracts. According to some religious sources Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of man. It is also known as the day of Judgement or day of remembrance. It is believed that God is sitting on a throne and a book of deeds is opened for the review. The books evaluate the actions of every person passing by. It is also told that three books of account are opened on Rosh Hashanah which includes three classed the wicked, the righteous, intermediate. The fate of the three classes is recorded there. 
Before the start of Rosh Hashanah people start a process of self-examination and regret for their past conduct. It is continued for ten days before the beginning of Rosh Hashanah.

Rosh Hashanah is the time of thanking God for whatever he has provided us for our living One of the best and effort less way to wish our dear ones on Rosh Hashanah is to send them an e-card.  We came to know through the blog description that it is the time of starting new things. Starting new things need encouragement. We can send an encouragement e-card to our relatives or friend. If we have hurt somebody by our action we can send them a sorry e-card. If we are starting a new relationship of any sort we can send them a “Hi” e-card. We can bring a smile on somebody face by sending a “Hugs and Smile” e-cards. Desievite is the portal which has an excellent collection of e-cards. In addition to that the process of sending e-cards is very simple. It is a matter of few clicks. Don't think a lot. Just visit and send an e-card today.

Monday, 10 September 2012

2nd Birthday Party Ideas: General Ideas

Throwing a second birthday party for your kid is an exciting time for any parents. When the kid is two years old he/she is mostly dependent on the parents for his/her needs and is attached to the parents. At this period the kids learn to walk.

The best thing to do on this day is to decorate the house with banners and balloons. Balloons should be of different colours. They should have happy birthday printed on them. You can get them easily in your local market. A big balloon should be hung at some distance from the cake. When the candles on the balloons are blown away somebody should blow the balloon. The banner should be pasted on the wall in front of the table where the cake would be cut. It should be visible to everybody. Second is to get themed paper plates, napkins, and cake. Candles should be placed on the cakes. You can also add the number two candle to the top of the cake. Some pictures of the birthday kid should be placed in the background.  It will also add a personal touch to it. 

We can keep this event simple with snack foods and a cake. We can also include ice cream and cold drinks.
The best time to start the party is either in the morning or in the evenings because most of the kids take a nap in the afternoon.

As the two years kid is not able to remember in the future about the events the best place to organise these parties is your home. At this point of time the kid has not the proper understanding. The decision depends on our budget and your willingness.

For the 2nd Birthday Party it is advisable to invite your close friend and relatives. You can also invite some parents who have the kids of the same age so that your kid can interact with them. 

A 2nd Birthday Party looks mechanical without a game being included. Some simple games can be included which will keep the small children busy. One of the games which include a big box filled with rolled paper cutting and small gifts which can be sweets or fruit wrapped up and hidden inside. The children come up one by one, take a dip inside the box. When they take out an item they are asked to unwrap it and see what they got. If a child got an empty paper it has to be kept at a different side. This game can be continued until the box is empty.  It creates a lot of fun in the party.

2nd Birthday Party comes once in a parent life if they are not planning for another child so everything should be planned before. Planning is necessary to make it a memorable.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Ganesh Chaturthi: Story about the Birth of Lord Ganesh

A long time ago Lord Shiva was fighting for Gods against the asura’s(demon’s). When he used to go for the war Parvati his wife used to live alone in the house. She had great powers but sometimes she used to get afraid.

One day she wanted to take a bath. Lord Shiva was not in the house. She didn’t felt comfortable taking the bath. She thought that somebody should guard the house until she finishes her bath. She started thinking what to do. She started walking here and there in the house.

After sometime a thought flashed in her head. She went to the bathroom. She used to apply the paste of turmeric on her body during the bath. She took some turmeric from the bowl and made a statue. She had the magical powers. With the help of the magical powers she made the statue alive. That was the birth of Lord Ganesh. She ordered him to guard the house until she finishes her bath. Parvati was completely relieved and went to take the bath. Lord Ganesh stood at the main door so that nobody can enter the house.

After sometime Lord Shiva returned home. He was astonished to see a small body standing at the door. He asked him who he was and why he was standing at the door. Lord Ganesh replied that he is the son of Parvati and she has ordered him to guard the house until she finishes her bath. Lord Shiva explained the little boy that he is the husband of Parvati. He requested the little boy to let him enter the house. Lord Ganesh denied the requested. Lord Shiva requested the little boy several times but the result was the same
This made Lord Shiva agitated. In his deep anger he beheaded Lord Ganesh with his trishul. When Parvati finished her bath she started searching for Lord Ganesh. She found him dead at the house main door. She started crying. When Lord Shiva heard her cry he came out to find what has happened. She explained him that he was her son and she ordered him to guard the house. She requested Lord Shiva to restore Lord Ganesh life.

Lord Shiva ordered his soldiers to find Lord Ganesh head and bring it back to him but all efforts went in vain. At last Lord Shiva approached Brahma who suggested that he should replace Lord Ganesh head with the first living being that came his way which lay with its head facing north. Lord Shiva then sent his soldiers to find and take the head of whatever creature they happened to find asleep with its head facing north.
The soldiers found a dying elephant that slept with its head facing north. After some time the elephant died and the soldiers took his head and gave it to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva attached the elephant's head to Lord Ganesh body and brought him back to life.

From that onwards Lord Ganesh is also known as Ganapathi or Gajraj.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Ganesh Chaturthi: Birthday of Lord Ganesh

Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindus festival which marks the birth of Lord Ganesh. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi.  Ganesh was the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Paravati. Lord Ganesh is also known as Lord of wisdom, prosperity and good fate.

Ganesh is a Sanskrit word which is made up of two word “gana” and “isha”. “Gana” means a group and “isha” means lord. Lord Ganesh has an elephant head because of which he is also known as “Gajraj”.
Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Ganeshotsav. It is celebrated for ten day. In some regions it is celebrated for five, seven or nine days. During Ganesh Chaturthi large pandals are erected in which statue of Lord Ganesh is placed. These pandals are opened for the public from seventh or eighth day of this festival.

After five, six, seven or ten days idols are immersed in the sea or any other water body with huge procession accompanied with dancing, singing. This ceremony is known as Ganesh Visarjan.

This festival is popular in places like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa. Ganesh Chaturthi was being celebrated as a public event in Pune since the times of Shivaji. He was the founder of the Maratha Empire. After the fall of the Maratha Empire it lost it popularity. In 1893, Lokmanya Tilak transformed the annual domestic festival into a large, well-organized public event. The preparation of this festival begins two or three months before the date of occurrence.

Some of the famous sweets consumed during Ganesh Chaturthi are Modak. It is known as Lord Ganesha's favorite sweet. Majority of the people consume Modak at the time of Ganesh Chaturthi. Another sweet that is most famous is Motichoor ki ladhu.

Some of the famous Aarti songs which are sung at the time of Pooja are “Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Deva”, “Om Jai Jagadish Hare” and “Sukh Karta Dukh Harta”. Sukh Karta Dukh Harta is the most popular in Maharastra.

Ganesh Chaturthi is the time to thanking Lord Ganesh for whatever he has provided us for our living. If you are organising an event, you can invite the guests by sending them a Ganesh Chaturthi invitation. One of the best and effort less way to wish our dear ones is to send them an e-card.  Desievite is the portal which has an excellent collection of Ganesh Chaturthi invitation and e-cards. In addition to that the process of sending invitation and e-cards is very simple. It is a matter of few clicks. Don't think a lot. Just visit and send a Ganesh Chaturthi invitation or e-card today.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Patriot Day : A tribute to the people who lost their lives.

Patriot Day is commemorated on 11th September in the memory of the people who lost their lives or were injured on September 11, 2001 in a terrorist attack. This black day in the US history is also known as 9/11. People hold special church services or prayer meetings. People observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM. The people who lost their loved ones or their relatives may lay flowers or visit memorials.

Public law which was signed by President George W. Bush designate September 11 of each year as Patriot Day. On this day the flag of the United States of America should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all United States government buildings in the whole world.

On September 11, 2001 some unknown hijackers hijacked four planes. The hijackers made the plans hit building named the Pentagon in Washington DC and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York.  Nearly 3000 people lost their lives in this impact. In addition to that there was a great economic loss also. The first plane hit the world trade center at 8:46AM. That’s way people observe a one minute silence at that time.

As soon as the plane crashed the upper portion of the buildings they were destroyed badly. The news of the incident spread like fire. The families whose members were gone to office that day in the world trade center started gathering there. They were requesting information about their family members or loved ones. People all around the world started calling their relative to know their wellbeing. There was a fire in the building and many people were still in the building. Some people in the building who were not able to get out from the building jumped from it and died on the spot. People in the building started running here and there. They were shouting for help. The police, fire and the medical team came for the help. Even the local people present there helped people to come out of the building.

Patriot Day is also celebrated to show that their country remained strong in the face of massive terrorist attacks.

One of the best and effort less way to commemorate this day is to send an e-card. Desievite is the portal which has an excellent collection of Patriot Day e-cards. Sympathy category has nice collection of e-cards. . In addition to that the process of sending e-cards is very simple. Don't think a lot. Just visit and send Patriot Day e-card today.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Grandparents Day: A salute to the contribution

Grandparents are essential members of our families and communities. Their contribution to the society is un-evitable. We inherit qualities like love, care, parenting and leadership from them. To recognise their contribution Grandparents Day is celebrated each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day in US.

Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia, has been recognized nationally by the United States Senate – in particular by Senators Jennings Randolph and Robert Byrd and by President Jimmy Carter, as the founder of National Grandparents Day. Her motivation behind it was to eradicate the loneliness of the older people in nursing homes. She made it her goal to educate the youth in the community about the important contributions seniors have made throughout history. She recommended the young people to adopt a grandparent for the lifetime. Senators Jennings Randolph introduced a resolution to the Senate to make Grandparents Day a national holiday.

National Grandparents Day was first celebrated on Sunday, September 9, 1979. A Song for Grandma and Grandpa by Johnny Prill is the official song on the Grandparents day. Forget me not is the official flower of the Grandparents day.

The purpose of this day is to show the love and affection towards our grandparents. Second, to honor them. Third, to allow them to offer guidance to the youth. Fourth, to love their grandchildren. Fifth to spend time with them. Sixth to have a little fun with them.

National Grandparents Day is the time to thank them for their contribution. One of the best and effort less way to thank them is to send an e-card.  Desievite is the portal which has an excellent collection of Grandparents e-cards. Support category has nice collection of e-cards which reminds their support without it we would not be able to achieve our current goal or profession. Thank you e-card is also a best option. We must be missing our Grandparents. Miss you e-cards are also an option. In addition to that the process of sending e-cards is very simple. Don't think a lot. Just visit and send Teacher’s day e-card today.