India’s first menstruation festival 'Maasika Mahotsav' is here

Maasika Mahotsav kick-started on May 21, 2018 and will culminate on World Menstrual Hygiene Day i.e. May 28, 2018

India’s first menstruation festival 'Maasika Mahotsav' is here

Gear up for the second season of Maasika Mahotsav-an indigenous festival on periods, which will be celebrated in five Indian states. India’s first menstruation festival, Maasika Mahotsav kick-started on May 21, 2018, and will culminate on World Menstrual Hygiene Day i.e. May 28, 2018. The event will be held for three days between May 23, 2018, to May 27, 2018, in Thane.

The brainchild of 'A Period Of Sharing,' an initiative by 'Muse,' which aims to change the negative attitude towards menstruation. Riddled with taboos, menstruation can be extremely disempowering for women. Muse founder Nishant Bangera aims to smash the menstrual taboos and create awareness on sustainable menstruation using either sports/art/culture.

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"The issues range from untouchability to infections caused by lack of access to the right kind of menstrual products. Celebrating this phenomenon which is otherwise shrouded in mystery, through poetry, songs, art, dance, sports and a whole lot of other activities, will encourage people to see periods for what it is: a natural and empowering experience. A women’s football match, awareness sessions, skits, dances, poetry sessions, walkathon and cultural activities, workshops for government officials and in schools are the activities that will take place in the different states celebrating Maasika Mahotsav," believes Bangera.  

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Various cultural and sporting activities will mark this awareness campaign across different parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. OoWomaniya (Gujarat), DLRP Chai Project, Wash and (West Bengal); Muheem (Uttar Pradesh) and Sustainable Menstruation Tamil Nadu (Tamil Nadu) are partnering with 'A Period of Sharing' to bring an awareness amongst society.

Details of events happening in Thane

Date- May 23, 2018
Event- Maasika Mahotsav - Manorama Nagar Celebration
Time- 4:30pm onwards
Venue- Baudh Vihar, Near Shiv Sena Shakha, Manorama nagar, Kolshet Road, Thane

Date- May 26, 2018
Event- Kick the Taboo - Women’s Football Tournament
Time- 9:30 am onwards
Venue- Dribbles First Floor, Viviana Mall, Eastern Express Highway, Thane West

Date- May 27, 2018
Event- Yoga Session
Time- 6:15 am
Venue- Upvan lake

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