Guru Purnima to be celebrated on 3rd July 2012

Guru Purnima is the auspicious full moon day in the Hindu calendar month of Ashad. This day is remembered as a sacred day in memory of great ancient Rishi Vyasa who edited four Vedas, wrote eighteen Puranas, the Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavata. This day is dedicated to Gurus who offer us the treasures of knowledge. The word Guru means one who removes darkness of ignorance from our lives. In present days Guru Purnima is celebrated in schools, Colleges and various other places where the Gurus are worshipped by their students. Great respect is offered to the Gurus and their blessings are taken by students. Some cultural programs are also arranged on this day. This year Guru Purnima will be celebrated on Tuesday 3rd July 2012.

Guru Shishya Parampara is the oldest trend in Hindu religion. In older days at a certain age shishya’s or students were sent to Gurukul, the place where Guru (teacher) used to offer knowledge to the students. There used to be a ceremony in which the Guru used to accept these students for teaching them knowledgeable things. By acquiring this knowledge the student was turned into a successful personality in his future life. The shishya’s used to obey the orders or instructions given by the Guru. After getting knowledge from the Guru, during the send of ceremony the Shishya’s used to offer Guru Dakshina asked by the Guru.

Guru Shishya Parampara still exists but is limited to learning some art like playing a musical instrument, singing or learning or even a sports activity. Our culture keeps a firm belief in the teacher-disciple tradition and believes that without the guidance of a Guru it is very difficult to acquire knowledge. Further the spiritual Gurus are offered the same status equivalent to the status of God and one has to become a Shishya of such a Guru to know the truth of the universe. The spiritual Guru is supposed to be in the vicinity of God. This Guru Shishya tradition is beyond the boundaries of religion, cast and creed. This relationship between Guru and disciple is considered to be sacred. It is independent of age and is purely spiritual in nature. It is based on Spiritual Knowledge and Practice.  

Guru Purnima is celebrated to review a person’s progress in the preceding year and for a Shishya it is the day to review his progress on the spiritual path. The Guru guides the student to renew his determination and keep a focus on his goal. This festival is celebrated throughout India and in many parts of Maharashtra like shirdi, Akkalkot and Ganagapur but the grand celebrations take place at Shirdi. This year Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust in Shirdi will be celebrating Guru Purnima Utsav from 2nd of July to 4th of July. This is the best time to visit Shirdi. One can honor the Guru Shri Sai Baba and seek his special blessing.

On the day of Guru Purnima, we can offer our respects towards the Gurus by chanting the ideal prayer dedicated to the Gurus. Guru Brahma Gurur Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwaraha, Guru Saakshat Para Brahma, Tasmai Sree Gurave Namaha. It means I salute the guru who is equivalent in all respects to God. We at Magic Holidays  pay our respects to the Guru and ask for his blessings to continue providing best Holiday packages for a period of 25 years against a one time payment.

Celebrate and pay respects on Father’s Day coming on 17th June 2012

Father and mother are two pillars on which the small institution called family is standing firmly. In order to honor fathers worldwide and celebrate fatherhood or paternal bonds of father, Father’s day is celebrated every year on third Sunday of June. This special day is dedicated to all fathers. Some of the countries also celebrate this day on different days. Father and mother play many roles like ultimate caretakers, protectors and teachers of their children. So they are honored once every year.    

The basic idea of celebrating this day was to compliment Mothers Day. The celebrations of father’s day include feasting, merry making and giving fathers day gifts. As a mark of respect, gratitude and love gifts are given to fathers. Now a day’s various gifts are available in the market to offer to Fathers on this special day and express sincere feelings of thanks giving to fathers. There are many ways to celebrate the day like arranging his favorite food and drinks, taking him out for a movie or theatre. This day should be celebrated in such a way that your father should feel proud and special on the day. If you want to make the day a grand celebration then all your family members can go for outing to a resort or one day picnic spot and celebrate this special day there. For wishing him good health and long life you can send a greeting card well in advance of the special day.

Celebrating certain days dedicated to particular persons in the society is a well saturated idea in the European and American society. Such type of dedicated day celebrations originated mostly from the western countries. But the concept is accepted and followed throughout the world including Asian countries like India. In India this year’s father’s day will be celebrated on 17th of June. Father’s day concept in the Indian cities is also spreading to the towns and villages. In Indian society, father and mother are given prime importance since historic times. Even though special days are not allotted to pay respects in India generally parents are respected all the time. In India the common gifts given on father’s day are bouquets, wine bottles, greeting cards and wrist watches. Many places host cultural programs to honor dads. For the children living away from their parents this day keeps a lot of importance and they pay their respects by sending e cards and online messages.

Parents take lots of pains in bringing up their children to a certain level of respectful life. The Fathers apart from their religion, cast, and geographical location are very much similar in one thing, they have a heart which can absorb every sorrow, every pain in life and still always look forward for the well being of their children. He is not expressive like mothers, who expresses her joy and sorrow instantly. He is the person who keeps all his pains inside his heart and strives only for the well being of his kids. This year on 17th June which is the auspicious father’s day, we salute all the fathers of the world. Those who want to make this years fathers day very special, can gift their fathers a special gift called Magic Holidays. The gift will surely be remembered for many years.