Surajkund Crafts Mela 2014

Event Name : Surajkund Crafts Mela
Start Date : Saturday, 1 February 2014
End Date : Saturday, 15 February 2014
Venue : Faridabad, Haryana

Surajkund Crafts Mela is an annual fair celebrated in Faridabad District, Haryana. The festival showcases the art, craft and cuisines of India. The crafts persons from SAARC nations also participate in this Fair. The Mela is located at a distance of 8 km from south Delhi in the historic site of Surajkund.

Surajkund International Crafts Mela celebrates the unique diversity of Indian traditions and culture in an ambience created to represent the ethos of rural India. Surajkund International Crafts Mela showcases some of the most exquisite handlooms and handicrafts of India. Handmade fabrics soaked in ethnic colours make an eye catching display for the visitors. 

Major highlights of the 28th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2014 are as under:-

Sri Lanka has been chosen as the PARTNER NATION. A contingent of craftspersons from Sri Lanka will showcase best of handlooms and handicrafts of their country in a unique ambience that would transfer you to the tropical island nation. Watch out for the enthralling performances of Sri Lankan cultural troupes at Chaupal and Natyashala. The master chefs of Sri Lanka will rustle an array of authentic and mouth-watering delicacies in the Food Court. 

Goa is the THEME STATE this year.
An Apna Ghar of Haryana has also been created for the stay of a Haryanvi family to highlight the Haryanvi culture with Haryanvi motifs and ambience.

This year the Mela entry tickets have been priced at Rs 70 each.

This year the Mela tickets are available through online & Offline E-ticketing.

A rebate of 50% on Mela entry tickets is being extended to senior citizens, differently-abled and serving defence personnel. The college students will also be given 50% discount on Mela entry ticket during weekdays only on producing their photo identity cards.

Avail 10% discount on online booking of Mela entry tickets. 

How to Reach Surajkund Crafts Mela : 

By Metro: Board a Metro from Central Secretariat till Badarpur via Sarita Vihar and Mohan Estate. Plus, Badarpur lies close to the interstate border amid Delhi & Faridabad.
By Road: Surajkund is well-connected to Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad by your own conveyance, taxis & private coaches.
By Air: The location is a about 25 km from Palam Airport & 35-minute drive from the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Syro-Malabar Christians get own Diocese, Bishop at Faridabad

The Syro-Malabar Catholics of North India got their own diocese on Saturday, May 26th 2012. The diocese of Faridabad, or administrative unit of the church, was inaugurated in a grand ceremony at Thyagaraj Stadium in the capital was witnessed by thousands of faithful. Monsignor Kuriakose Bharanikulangara was appointed its first bishop. The new Diocese of Faridabad comprises the states of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu-Kashmir and the districts of Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad, UP. Dignitaries included Cardinal George Alencherry, the head of Syro Malabar Church; Archbishop Vincent Concessao of Delhi; Cardinal Oswald Gracias, CBCI President; and Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolic Nuncio, among others. The Faridabad diocese will serve some 1.5 lakh Syro-Malabar Catholics. A total of 88 priests and 855 religious women work at the convents, religious homes, schools and hospitals in the area.

White and yellow paper-flags were waved amid prayers by thousands who turned up for the ceremony. A message from Pope Benedict XVI sanctioning the new diocese and appointment of the new bishop was read out. The ceremony included a dance performance by a group of children dressed in the colours of the national flag. It was followed by a holy mass where the newly appointed Bishop greeted the people. Dressed in red and golden robes, archbishops, bishops, and heads of other Christian denominations attended the ceremony. The new diocese is the 165th Diocese of Catholic Church in India and the 31st Diocese of Syro-Malabar Church. The ordination ceremony of the new bishop was followed by a public meeting which was inaugurated by Sheila Dikshit, the Chief Minister of Delhi. Bharanikulangara belongs to the Parish of Karippassery under the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. The Syro Malabar Church is the second largest among the Eastern Catcholic Churches. The Church serves over 4.6 million believers spread out in India and different parts of the world.

Faridabad crash a reminder of several similar past incidents

Several mishaps similar to the Faridabad incident, in which a plane crashed into two houses, have taken place in the past in many parts of the world.

The images of the 9/11 terror attack during which hijacked passenger aircraft tore through
World Trade Center Twin Towers are still fresh in the minds of most people.

But in respect of air accidents too, in which planes went down in residential areas, the US has reported some of the worst incidents.

An American Airlines plane crashed into the Belle Harbour neighbourhood in New York City soon after takeoff from
John F Kennedy International Airport on November 12, 2001, killing 260 people on board and five on the ground.

On February 13, 2009, a Continental Airlines plane crashed into a house in a Buffalo suburb, killing 49 on board and one person in the building.

In Brazil, a TAM Airlines aircraft crashed while landing in Sao Paulo on July 17, 2007. It crossed the runway and rammed into a TAM Express warehouse. A total of 187 people aboard were killed in addition to 12 people on the ground.

On April 18, 2002, a small plane slammed into the upper floors of a skyscraper in Milan in Italy, killing three.

Closer home, in Hyderabad, an Indian Navy plane performing at an air show crashed into a two-storeyed residential building killing two pilots and injuring two persons on the ground on March 3 last year.

On March 3, 1972, a Mohawk Airlines twin-engine turboprop airliner crashed into a house in New York, killing 17 people.

Also in New York, on July 28, 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the north side of the Empire State Building. The mishap killed 14 people, including 11 office workers.