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Pongal is the only festival of Hindu that follows a solar calendar and is celebrated on the fourteenth of January every year. To symbolize a bountiful harvest, rice is cooked in new pots until they boil over. Some of the rituals performed in the temple include the preparation of rice, the chanting of prayers and the offering of vegetables, sugar cane and spices to the gods. Pongal is celebrated for four days Day 1 Bhogi Pongal – is the first day of the...
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Varadha Cyclone   During December 2016 Chennai was devastated by the Varadha Cyclone, a tropical storm slammed into India’s southeastern coast with monstrous ferocity, uprooting trees and power cables, toppling vehicles and damaging houses besides dumping heavy rain across two states. More than a 1 Lac trees uprooted due to the ferocious winds. To recollect, last summer in Chennai was one of the hottest across south India, the trees that we had during that time saved us by providing shade...
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Chennaities woke up to uprooted trees, big broken branches blocking the roads, fallen name boards, hoardings, damaged compound walls and vehicles under fallen trees, power cut and lack of milk supplies on Tuesday, a day after severe cyclone Vardah ripped through the city.People in the residential localities after being awed by the damage caused by the cyclone started cleaning their compound of fallen trees, leaves and other muck that was blown by the cyclonic winds. The destruction is so vast...
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  HOW IT ALL GOT STARTEDLong before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Just as people today decorate their homes during the festive season with pine, spruce, and fir trees, ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness. Did You Know?Christmas trees are grown in all...
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10 Interesting Facts About Poinsettias No flower says Christmas like the beautiful poinsettia. Learn a few facts about this traditional Christmas plant. Poinsettias are part of the Euphorbiaceae or Spurge family. Botanically, the plant is known as Euphorbia pulcherrima. Many plants in the Euphorbiaceae family ooze a milky sap. Some people with latex allergies have had a skin reaction (most likely to the sap) after touching the leaves. For pets, the poinsettia sap may cause mild irritation or nausea. Probably best to keep pets away...
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How Poinsettias are associated with Christmas. The plant’s association with Christmas began in 16th-century Mexico, where legend tells of a girl, commonly called Pepita or Maria, who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday and was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson blossoms sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias.From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The...
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Here are 8 common gardening mistakes to avoid: 1. Planting without taking space into considerationIt’s easy to forget that your plants, be it vegetables or fruit, need space to grow. Placing plants too close together can cause them to compete for sunshine and other critical nutrients. To ensure proper spacing, we recommend keeping the bed clean of weeds. Weed early and often, particularly during the first few weeks of a vegetable’s life. 2. OverwateringThis is definitely one that many gardeners may...
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If you’re composting your gardening scraps, then you’re already in the habit of recycling. But did you know that some of those leftovers can actually be used to produce more plants? It’s true. We’ve listed 7 of the most popular vegetables and fruits that can be re-grown from scraps. Now that’s recycling! 1) POTATOES You can grow both white and sweet potatoes from their respective scraps. Find a 2-3 inch white potato with 1-2 eyes on it and allow it...
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These 4 Herbs Can Protect Your Brain From Alzheimer’s, Depression, Anxiety And Much More More than ever before, we live under an enormous pressure of our hectic schedules.In our endeavor to successfully fulfill the numerous obligations, in a perpetual race with time, our bodies and minds are in a state of chronic stress. The ongoing technological advancement makes our lives easier to some degree. On the other hand, our brains have to process lots of new pieces of information on...
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