Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. People wait for this festival eagerly. It is one of the most important festivals of Hindus which devotees celebrate every year with great preparations and enthusiasm. According to the Hindu Mythology, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated annually on the birthday of the Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is known as VighanaHarta means remover of all obstacles for devotees and Vighana Karta means creator of problems for devil.Ganesh Chaturthi is a 11 days long Hindu festival which starts on the Chaturthi with statue installation in the home or public places, and ends on Anant Chaturdashi with GaneshaVisarjan. Devotees of Lord Ganesha offer prayer, offerings, sing devotional songs, recite mantra, doaarti and seek his blessings for wisdom and prosperity.
At AEC, Ganapathiidol is installed every year and perform pujas for nine days. Daily one department will perform puja and distribute Prasad to the teachers and students. This has been a tradition here for many years.
One of the most significant festivals in Indian culture, Diwali, the festival of lights, sees millions attend firework displays, prayers and celebrations.Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. The actual day of Diwali is traditionally celebrated on the festival's third day. The festival usually falls between the middle of October and the middle of November, although this is decided upon by the Hindu lunar calendar. AEC celebrates Diwali by lighting the lamps and firing the crackers on the eve of Diwali.
New Year is one of the most celebrated days in the world. The day is shaped by different customs and traditions. Each culture celebrates this holiday in its own unique way. Usually the celebrations start with music to keep the audience elated and as the New Year approaches the countdown starts. Once the New Year enters every one greets one another and cut cakes and have a good time.At AEC, the new year is celebrated on 31st December every year where students invite the faculty members to their classes and cut cakes and make their new year resolutions and wish each other.
Pongal is the only festival of Hindu that follows a solar calendar and is celebrated on the fourteenth of January every year. Pongal has astronomical significance: it marks the beginning of Uttarayana, the Sun's movement northward for a six month period. In Hinduism, Uttarayana is considered auspicious, as opposed to Dakshinaayana, or the southern movement of the sun. All important events are scheduled during this period. Makara Sankranthi refers to the event of the Sun entering the zodiac sign of Makara or Capricorn. The college conducts many cultural programs on this occasion like, rangoli, ethnic wear, mehendi etc. The best talents are duly recognized and honored.
As per Hindu mythology in India, Janmashtamiis celebrated as it is the birthday of Lord Krishna. Janmashtami is the most pious day celebrated all over India. Different states have their different ways of celebrating it. Because of the variations in calculation of birth timings in various regions of India, it is usually taken as 2 day ritual. On this day, specialPooja and rituals are performed in all the temples of Krishna and homes throughout India. Pooja starts in the midnight on the particular birth time of Lord Krishna. Even keeping fast on this day is a very common trend followed by Indians. Excerpts of the life of Lord Krishna are enacted by kids in the temple. This is the holiest festival of all festivals and celebrated with full zeal and enthrall. At AEC, after the pooja the college celebrates MatkaPhod event where students and staff actively take part.
The birthday of Rama, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu, is celebrated on Ram Navmi. Among the Vaishnavas, the festival begins on the first day of the month of Chaitra and continues till the 9th on which day at noon, Rama was born.Most of the devotees celebrate this festival by making fast for whole nine days or first and last day of the Navratri to get the full blessings. South Indians celebrate this festival as a wedding anniversary of the Lord Rama. All the temples are decorated throughout the south region to celebrate the Navratri. However, people in the Mithila and Ayodhya celebrate the wedding anniversary at Vivaha Panchami according to the Valmiki Ramayana. Aurora performs Sita Rama Kalyanam every year at Ramalayam temple located in the premises of Aurora, Bandlaguda. All the faculty members are invited along with their families. The celebrations a day before the festival take place on the campus and students perform various cultural activities highlighting the significance of Sri Rama Navami.
The Telugu New Year, 'Ugadi' is celebrated to commemorate the beginning of spring in South India. It is a popular festival across the states of South India. The word Ugadi is said to denote Yuga which means era or epoch. A significant ritual of the New Year celebrtation is oil bath. Consuming UgadiPachhadi, or a mixture of six tastes, is an important part of the celebration. The six items of UgadiPachhadi are said to signify sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, and surprise. People then gather for 'PanchangaSravanam' to hear the general predictions for the year. We at aurora celebrate this Telugu new year day with Ugadipachadi and PanchangaSravanam.
Holi is also known as the Festival of colors in India. It is a spring festival and perhaps the happiest and most colorful religious festival of the Hindus. Holi Festival is widely celebrated in India, Nepal and other places with Hindu population. In recent times, this festival has also gained acceptance among Non-Hindus as a spring festival of love and colors. People sprinkle colored water on one another. They smear their faces with colored powders.
Holi is an important festival of the Hindus. It is a festival of joy. It gives us the message of friendship and goodwill. On this occasion we forget our old quarrels and mix with all freely. At least for one day we forget social distinctions completely. There is no difference between the rich and the poor. Holi gives us great joy. It is a happy occasion when we forget our cares and anxieties. AEC celebrates holi in a grand way with music, singing and dancing.
Eid is the greatest festival of the Muslims. All over the world, the Muslims celebrate it with great pomp and show, zeal and gusto. The Muslims observe fasts for a full month after sighting the moon of 'Ramzan'. When the month of 'Ramzan', is over and the moon of Eid is sighted, they end their Roja (fasts). The next day, the festival of Eid is celebrated. Every year it comes off on the first day of the month of Shawwal. It is a day of gaiety, festivity and feasting. It is a believed that fasting in the month of 'Ramzan' purifies the soul and prayers after fasting save them from going to hell and open the doors of heaven. So during the month of 'Ramzan', they lead a pure and holy life. Ramzan is celebrated at Aurora serving Kheer and dry fruits to the students at the Iftar party after organized by the college.