Exhibit - Festivals of India

The culturally rich land of India celebrates various festivals on its soil. These festivals beautify the life and experiences of people from different religions and communities.  The spirit of India is expressed year-round. Some of the world known festivals are: Holi, Diwali, Onam and Ramadan. Holi, often referred as the "Festival of Colors". This festival is centered around religious beliefs but the real fun part involves people throwing colored powder on each other and squirting each other with water guns. Diwali or Deepavali honors the victory of good over evil and brightness over darkness. It's known as the "Festival of Lights" for all the fireworks, small clay lamps, and candles that are lit. Another most celebrated festival is Onam. This lengthy harvest festival is the biggest festival of the year in the south India when people decorate front of their houses with flowers arranged in beautiful patterns. The festivity of Ramadan is celebrated for a month in the Islamic culture in India. Sawm or fasting is observed throughout the Ramadan month. It is a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship.

       

Sari

A very sensuous garment worn by women, the Sari consisting of a length of lightweight fabric with one end wrapped about the waist to form a skirt and the other draped over the shoulder or covering the head. Come to this exhibit and learn how to put on this native attire that flatters any shape!

   

   

Yoga Exhibit

Is a system of physical, mental and spiritual practices which have been traced back to pre-Vedic times (500 BCE) in the Indian subcontinent. Over the centuries, its practice has been adapted and assimilated by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Today, its use has become widespread among the religious and the secular alike. Displays in this exhibit cover a wide range of general themes like history of yoga and its different varieties and also more specific themes, like chakra and yogic therapies. Yoga experts will be at hand to answer your questions.

     

   

Science Exhibit

 Many of the ideas that form the foundation of modern science, technology, medicine and mathematics have roots going back several millennia. Convincing evidence for achievements in these fields have been found in Babylonian, Mesopotamian, Mayan and other ancient civilizations which were subsequently wiped out. Similar knowledge was also produced in and circulated through China, Arabia, Greece and India which eventually made its way to Europe and fed into the scientific revolution of the Renaissance there. The exhibit will showcase India's contribution to this spatial and temporal network of knowledge going back to antiquity. The exhibit will also touch upon ways in which sometimes this history gets tainted by mythology and put to sociopolitical use.

                                                                                       Roots of Science and Technology in India

 

     

   

Mehndi

Is the application of Henna as a temporary form of body art sometimes called Henna Tattoos. Come have your hands adorned with intricate traditional patterns at minimal cost.