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RC-15/22 INDIA Solan-RUCHI FEST/CUL 17/10/2022 29/10/2022

RC-15/22 Solan-RUCHI Festival of Lights with Local Culture FEST/CUL 10 vol 17.10.22–29.10.22

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Background: Diwali or Festival of Lights is a national festival celebrated throughout the country with lot of

This main festival, falling on 24th October, 2022, 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.

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

Location&LeisureTime:Baddi is afastgrowinglargest 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.

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: Chandigarh (70 kms) Nearest railway station: Kalka (50 kms) Participation Fee: Euro 220.

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zeal for 5 days.

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organized for those who are

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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

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