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  • 1. 

    The beginning of the year in January marks the celebration of the Sankranti or Pongal festival. What does this festival celebrate?

    • A.

      It celebrates the end of autumn

    • B.

      It is a harvest festival

    • C.

      It celebrates the New Year

    • D.

      It celebrates the beginning of spring

    Correct Answer
    B. It is a harvest festival
    Explanation
    The Sankranti or Pongal festival is celebrated in January, which coincides with the end of the harvest season in many parts of India. During this festival, people express gratitude for the bountiful harvest and offer prayers to the gods for a prosperous year ahead. Therefore, the festival is primarily a harvest festival rather than a celebration of the end of autumn, the New Year, or the beginning of spring.

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  • 2. 

    While 1st January is New Year's Day according to the Gregorian Calendar, in the Hindu calendar the beginning of new year usually falls in the month of April. By what name is it celebrated?

    • A.

      Vasant Panchami

    • B.

      Chhath

    • C.

      Buddha Poornima

    • D.

      Yugadi

    Correct Answer
    D. Yugadi
    Explanation
    Yugadi is the celebration of the beginning of the new year according to the Hindu calendar, which usually falls in the month of April. It is observed in various regions of India with different names such as Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, and Vishu in Kerala. This festival marks the transition of seasons and is celebrated with traditional rituals, feasts, and cultural activities.

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  • 3. 

    Onam is an important festival celebrated mostly in one state of India. Which state is this?

    • A.

      Andhra Pradesh

    • B.

      Kerala

    • C.

      Maharashtra

    • D.

      Bihar

    Correct Answer
    B. Kerala
    Explanation
    Onam is an important festival celebrated mostly in Kerala, a state in India.

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  • 4. 

    Ganesh Chaturthi is an important festival dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This is one of the most important Hindu festivals. Which of the following sweet dishes is prepared on this day?

    • A.

      Kheer

    • B.

      Rasagolla

    • C.

      Modaka

    • D.

      Cake

    Correct Answer
    C. Modaka
    Explanation
    Modaka is a sweet dish that is prepared on Ganesh Chaturthi. It is considered to be Lord Ganesha's favorite food and is offered to him during the festival. Modaka is a dumpling made of rice flour or wheat flour, filled with a sweet mixture of coconut, jaggery, and nuts. It is then steamed or fried to perfection. The unique shape and delicious taste of Modaka make it a popular choice for this auspicious occasion.

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  • 5. 

    Whose death is mourned on Muharram? 

    • A.

      Prophet Muhammad

    • B.

      Hazrat Bilal

    • C.

      Imam Hussain

    • D.

      Hazrat Umar

    Correct Answer
    C. Imam Hussain
    Explanation
    Imam Hussain's death is mourned on Muharram. He was the grandson of Prophet Muhammad and the son of Hazrat Ali and Hazrat Fatima. Imam Hussain was martyred in the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD, where he fought against the oppressive rule of Yazid. His death is commemorated by Shia Muslims during the month of Muharram, particularly on the day of Ashura, as a symbol of resistance against injustice and tyranny.

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  • 6. 

    'Lohri' celebrated in which month...??

    • A.

      April

    • B.

      September

    • C.

      January

    • D.

      October

    Correct Answer
    C. January
    Explanation
    Lohri is a popular Punjabi festival celebrated in January. It marks the end of winter and the arrival of longer days. It is usually celebrated on the 13th of January and is associated with bonfires, singing, dancing, and feasting. The festival holds cultural and traditional significance in Punjab and is a time for people to come together and celebrate with joy and enthusiasm.

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  • 7. 

    In which of the following festivals are the boat races a special feature ?

    • A.

      Ranali Bihu

    • B.

      Navratri

    • C.

      Onam

    • D.

      Pongal

    Correct Answer
    C. Onam
    Explanation
    Onam is a festival celebrated in the state of Kerala, India, and boat races are a special feature of this festival. The boat races, known as Vallam Kali, are held on the backwaters of Kerala and attract a large number of participants and spectators. These races are a traditional sport and are considered an integral part of the Onam festivities.

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  • 8. 

    Is Krishna a incarnation of Vishnu? 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Krishna is considered to be an incarnation of Vishnu in Hindu mythology. According to the belief, Vishnu takes various forms or avatars to maintain cosmic order and restore righteousness on Earth. Krishna is one of the most popular and revered avatars of Vishnu, known for his divine qualities, teachings, and role in the epic Mahabharata. He is worshipped as a deity and is considered to be the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Therefore, the statement "Krishna is an incarnation of Vishnu" is true.

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  • 9. 

    For how many days is Pongal celebrated?

    • A.

      7

    • B.

      3

    • C.

      4

    • D.

      1

    Correct Answer
    C. 4
    Explanation
    Pongal is a four-day harvest festival celebrated in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. The festival is dedicated to the Sun God and is a way of thanking him for a bountiful harvest. The four days of Pongal are known as Bhogi, Thai Pongal, Mattu Pongal, and Kaanum Pongal. Each day has its own significance and rituals, making Pongal a joyous and vibrant festival that is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the people of Tamil Nadu.

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  • 10. 

    How many National Holidays are observed in India? 

    • A.

      11

    • B.

      3

    • C.

      6

    • D.

      9

    Correct Answer
    B. 3
    Explanation
    India observes 3 National Holidays. National Holidays are special days that are recognized and celebrated throughout the country. In India, these include Republic Day on January 26th, Independence Day on August 15th, and Gandhi Jayanti on October 2nd. These holidays commemorate significant events in Indian history and are observed with various ceremonies, parades, and cultural activities across the country.

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  • 11. 

    Ganesh Chaturthi lost state patronage and became a private family celebration again till its revival by Indian freedom fighter and social reformer

    • A.

      Lokmanya Tilak

    • B.

      Shubash Chandra Bose

    • C.

      Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar

    • D.

      Bhagat Singh

    Correct Answer
    A. Lokmanya Tilak
    Explanation
    Ganesh Chaturthi lost state patronage and became a private family celebration again till its revival by Lokmanya Tilak. He was an Indian freedom fighter and social reformer who played a significant role in revitalizing the festival. Tilak recognized the potential of Ganesh Chaturthi as a platform for bringing people together and instilling a sense of unity and nationalism. He encouraged public celebrations, processions, and the installation of large Ganesha idols. Through his efforts, Ganesh Chaturthi regained popularity and became a prominent public festival that continues to be celebrated with enthusiasm in many parts of India today.

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  • 12. 

    Diwali is the shortened version of Deepavali. What does the word Deepavali actually mean?

    • A.

      Row of lighted lamps

    • B.

      Festival of lights

    • C.

      Circle of lights

    • D.

      Light of life

    Correct Answer
    A. Row of lighted lamps
    Explanation
    The word Deepavali actually means "Row of lighted lamps". This is because during the festival of Diwali, people light rows of lamps called diyas to symbolize the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. The word "Deepavali" is derived from the Sanskrit words "deepa" meaning lamp and "avali" meaning row or series. Therefore, the correct answer is "Row of lighted lamps".

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