Festivals Current Affairs - 2020

Chaitra Jatra Festival cancelled in Odisha due to Corona Virus

On March 16, 2020, the Odisha Government cancelled the famous Chaitra Jatra festival due to the threat of Corona Virus.

About Chaitra Jatra Festival

The Chaitra Jatra festival is celebrated in the month of Chaitra during Tuesdays. The second and third Tuesdays are more crowded. March 17 being second Tuesday, the festival has been cancelled. The festival is celebrated at Tara Tarini hill shrine.

Tara Tarini hill

The shrine is located in the Tara Tarini hill on the banks of Rushikulya river. The Rushikulya river is one of the major rivers of the Odisha state. The river originated from Daringabadi hills that is located in Eastern Ghats.

Indian Navy and Tara Taini hill Shrine

The first all-women Indian Navy crew that circumnavigated the globe sailed on sailboat Tarini. The boat was named after the shrine as it is one of the Shakti Peethas in India. There are 51 Shakti Peethas in India.

First Jerusalem-Mumbai festival held in Mumbai

The Jerusalem-Mumbai festival is to be held in Mumbai on February 15, 2020 to promote artistic and cultural ties between Israel and India. The festival is first of its kind.

Highlights

The aim of the festival is to establish links between the cities Jerusalem and Mumbai. The idea was mooted during PM Modi’s visit to Israel in July 2019. The festival will boost cultural ties between the countries that will help to boost the partnership between them.

Objective

The main aim of the festival is to promote cooperation between the countries in the field of music, culinary art and dance.

Significance

The festival will act as a common platform for the individuals from cinema, high-technology and tourism to cooperate, learn from each other and also develop.

Background

Israel has so far done similar cooperation with the countries such as Prague, Brussels and Moscow.

Israel-Palestine

India maintains cordial relations between both Israel and Palestine. India urges both the countries to frame solutions. The “two-state solution” envisioned for the countries aims to solve the key matter of dispute between the countries. The countries conflict over boundaries.