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RC-22/21 INDIA Baddi FEST/CUL 11/10/2021 23/10/2021

RC-22/21 Baddi Dussehra Festival with School Activity FEST/CUL 10 vol 11.10.21 – 23.10.21

Location & Leisure Time: Baddi is a fast growing largest
industrial hub in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. It is
30 km north of Chandigarh city and 100 kms from
Shimla town. Baddi offers a number of treks to tourists
and a good majestic view of Kasauli range of mountains.
The economy of the area depends on agriculture and
industries.
The volunteers will have opportunity to visit Hanuman
Temple in Shimla, the Naldehra Golf Club and a local zoo
or the Rock Garden in Chandigarh.
Work: This camp is a great opportunity to learn and
experience Indian culture and understand the diversity
and unity it stands for. You shall be participating in our
ongoing humanitarian actions like Non formal education,
women empowerment initiatives, environment
conservation, organic farming etc and interacting with
local people on daily basis leading to the festival. With
this project we aim to encourage cross cultural
exchanges and provide a deeper insight of our culture.
Months of October and November host two prominent
Indian festivals of national importance. The dates are
decided on yearly basis as per Hindu calendar. These
camps are specially organized for those who are
interested in Indian history and culture. This period is
also supposed to be auspicious for marriages. Besides
local festivals, volunteers will have an opportunity to
learn of Hindu traditions.
Dussehra: Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami, Dasara, or
Dashain) is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of
good over evil. It is a gazetted holiday in India, which is
marked on the 10th day of the bright half (Shukla
Paksha) of the month of Ashvin (Ashwayuja), according
to the Hindu calendar. During 2021, the main festival
falls on 15th October and followed by 4-day long local
fair.

The festivities of Dussehra are celebrated for ten days.
The preceding nine days to Dussehra are collectively
known as 'Navratri' and are dedicated to the worship of
Mother Goddess, Shakti. Dussehra is the culmination of
the Navaratri festival. A short version of the epic
Ramayana in the form of Raamlila is also performed for
9 days before this festival in Northern India.
Diwali: Festival of Lights is a national festival
celebrated throughout the country with lot of zeal for 5
days. This main festival, falling on 4th November, 2021 , is celebrated with a great fervor just like Christmas and
goes on for 5 days. Diwali is followed by other local
events like Budi Diwali, viswakarma puja, Bhaiya Dooj
etc. In North India, as it is believed that it was on Diwali
that Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshmana returned
to Ayodhya after killing the Demon king Ravana in Lanka.

Accommodation & food: Volunteers will stay at RUCHI
campus on twin/triple sharing basis. Bed and beddings
are provided. Simple basic amenities will be available,
bringing personal sleeping bag is desirable. Asian squat
type toilet & English WC with hot and cold showers are
available. Our cook will serve authentic Indian
vegetarian meals.
Requirements: Interest in experiencing other cultures
and participate with local communities in local/national
festivals.
International Terminal: New Delhi (340 Kms);
Domestic Terminal: Chandigarh (80 kms)
Nearest railway station: Kalka (50 kms)
Participation Fee: Euro 220.