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Since 2006, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in India (JCCII) has worked as a pivotal organization working towards the welfare of Japanese companies in India.

Having started with around 100 member companies in 2006, today the organization has grown to a membership more than 400 companies mostly in and around Delhi NCR.

 




India is in the middle of the festive season now.

Twenty days after the end of Dussehra, Diwali 2018 is just around the corner!
The word "Diwali" is a contraction of "Deepavali", originating from the Sanskrit word Dīpāvalī (दीपावली) which can be translated to "Row of Lights". Hence the Diwali Festival is also called the "Festival of Lights". Diwali is the name for the festival in North-India. In South-India the festival is called "Deepavali".
Diwali celebrates to victory of the Good over the Evil and Light over Darkness.

Apart from these remarkable big festive events, there are many celebrations and events based on various religions in India. For example, Raksha Bandhan and Karva Chauth are impressive ones to a Japanese like me.
Raksha Bandhan literally translates to ‘a safeguarding bond’. It’s celebrated as the day when the sister ties a Rakhi to her brother’s wrist as he promises to protect her throughout his life. This is a tradition that is being followed since ages and marks the most special occasion for the brother-sister relationship.

Karva Chauth is a one-day festival celebrated by Hindu women four days after purnima (a full moon) in the month of Kartika. On Karva Chauth women, especially in Northern India, who are to fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands. When the moon rises, the family pray and begin eating.

By the way, this year, the moon approaches to the Earth closer, and, they say, it looks clearer and larger. There is a traditional custom in Japan to enjoy a time, looking at the beautiful full moon on so called, ”Mid-Autumn day”. But I wonder how many Japanese, especially young people, who go on spree for Halloween have observed this traditional way to enjoy the Mid-Autumn Moon.

Just as same as India, we have a variety of traditional events and cultural celebrations in Japan, but they seem to be fading out from our mind and our daily life which I feel regret.

Taking “an opportunity of living in India” as a good one, we need to review our country Japan and appreciate its value, then to convey it properly to Indian. I believe, it is just as important as we try to pay efforts to understand India.


JCCII
Secretary General
Kazuharu KONO






WHAT'S NEW

01/09/2011 JCCII Web Site has opened !!


 
 
 
 
 
 

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