Dear IL Members, I wish each and everyone of you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2017. Let this new year bring the best in each one of us as our potential is enormous like a reservoir and a lot more can be achieved. Our strength together is powerful and when we unite, we can create a world that is ideal for every life in existence. January is a very special month in various parts of the world. In Kutch region, Rann Utsav, a desert festival highlights the vibrancy of this region's culture and heritage. The days are filled with folk dances and music, adventure sports, handicrafts, food stalls, and excursions to surrounding destinations. Hundreds of luxury tents are set up on the fringe of the white salt desert to accommodate visitors. Hugely popular Chennai Music Festival is a much anticipated month long festival, which is often described as the world's largest cultural event, serves up a plethora of traditional south Indian Carnatic music, dance, and other arts. Over 1,000 performances take place during the festival and a lot of international travelers proceed to Chennai from all parts of the world to participate in this event. In Sabarmati River Front, International Kite Festival is celebrated decorating the sky with colorful kites from sunrise to sunset. This marks the occasion of Makar Sankaranti (the transition of sun into the northern hemisphere). In Bikaner Camel Fair conducted at Rajasthan, the festival kicks off with a procession of camels decorated in their finest attire, and continues on with camel beauty pageants, camel races, and camel dancing. Can camels dance? If anyone likes to find the answer, its worth attending this festival just to see the performance! The festival ends with entertainment by Rajasthani folk artists, and fireworks. January is also a very special month around the world. January 6th is celebrated in Venezuela as La Pradura del Nino and it is a celebration for Jesus as a baby. The 12th night after Christmas is celebrated in Europe where people go out to sing and drink to the health of their friends, family, pets and crops. January 15th is celebrated in Korea Daeboreum and it is a celebration of the first full moon of the year. January 20th is celebrated in the US as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s day. Here in IL, let us celebrate the new year with your valuable nominations of your fellow ILites' contributions for the month of January 2017. It is not only your contribution but also your nominations of the contributions made by fellow ILites that makes this community vibrant and interesting. Once again, my best wishes for a wonderful 2017. Viswa ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Please note that posts and threads from the sub-forums Express Cafe, Forward Messages & Jokes, Online Games & Puzzles are not for nomination. To familiarize yourselves with FP and its nominating process, please check this link: Finest Posts of IL Each member is allowed to nominate up to 4 posts only. This ensures that each of us have a hand in deciding the winning post as we will filter our choice more closely, thus making the winner more significant. The nominations will be closed on the last day of every month. Simultaneously, the nomination thread for the following month will be opened on the First day of that month. In case of nominating Feedback, please remember to add a link to the feedback post and not to the original post. The following gives step-wise on adding links to your nominations – - To add a link to the original post that you are nominating: How to add a "Link" in my post? - To add a link to the Feedback post that you are nominating: How do I create a link to an existing message posted in IL?"