March 14, 1995
What began as a festival of spring in honor of Kama, the love god, has become an occasion in India for gaiety, horseplay, celebration and the dousing of others with colored water, the Holi holiday. The final festival of the Hindu calendar, it will be celebrated Thursday. For centuries, Holi was one of the leveling influences in India's scrupulously stratified society: Rich and poor, high caste and low caste, men and women and even Muslims and Christians take part.
February 23, 1995 |
Like a great river picking up speed as it surges and foams over a cataract, the mighty flow of humanity rolled down the slope: naked, ash-smeared men with braided hair and holding aloft tridents, the population of an entire village bound together with coarse rope so no one would get lost, women clutching each other's worn saris in fright. Barefoot, bare-chested farmers fresh from India's fields and paddies. Musicians in saffron robes joyfully pounding drums and blowing into shrieking flutes.
January 28, 1995 |
The pomp and pageantry of the Raj, the jewel in the British Empire's crown, did not die with it. Each January, they glitter anew, albeit for just a morning, when one of the world's great parades streams down the avenues of India's capital. You can tell much about a country from its public rituals. On Republic Day, the glories of India's past segue seamlessly into its modern achievements and aspirations.
January 27, 1995 |
As India celebrated its birthday as a republic, three powerful bombs exploded Thursday at a holiday rally in the disputed state of Kashmir, killing at least seven people and wounding 52 others but sparing the apparent target, state Gov. K.V. Krishna Rao, police said. Rao, a retired Indian army general, was addressing a crowd of about 15,000 people at a stadium in the city of Jammu, the northern state's winter capital, when the explosions began at 10:20 a.m.
January 24, 1995
On Thursday, on the broad avenue called Rajpath, the Republic Day parade and celebrations mark the 45th anniversary of India's constitution, which proclaimed it a sovereign, democratic republic. With the nation's titular president, Shankar Dayal Sharma, taking the salutes, members of India's army, navy, air force and other national services will march briskly past.
October 26, 1992 |
An explosion in a fireworks shop during a national holiday celebration Sunday started a fire that killed at least 25 people and injured 100, news reports said. The explosion in the eastern city of Jaria occurred as millions of Hindus across India celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights.