Everything you need to know about Holi festival in India

AKIPRESS.COM – Hindus will celebrate Holi, also known as “The Festival of Colours.” The religious festival is intended to welcome the arrival of spring whilst also celebrating fertility, colour and love. Celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, worshippers mark the event by throwing colourful powders at each other. Thanks to this unique festivity and its joyful atmosphere, similar Holi events take place in cities all over the world. When is Holi? This year, Holi begins on Wednesday, 20 March and ends on Thursday, 21 March. The festival celebrations start on the evening of the full moon that comes in ‘Phalguna,’ which is between the end of February and the middle of March. Over the two days, the festival is split into two events. The night before the main festivities is referred to as Holika Dahan and is when people traditionally gather around a bonfire to celebrate the victory of […]

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Holi Festival 2019: What is the Indian Festival of Colours? Why do Hindus celebrate it?

The religious festival is intended to welcome the arrival of spring whilst also celebrating fertility, colour and love. Celebrated mainly in India and Nepal , worshippers mark the event by throwing colourful powders at each other. Thanks to this unique festivity and its joyful atmosphere, similar Holi events take place in cities all over the world. As Holi fast approaches, here’s everything you need to know about the Hindu festival: When is Holi? This year, Holi begins on Wednesday, 20 March and ends on Thursday, 21 March. The festival celebrations start on the evening of the full moon that comes in ‘Phalguna,’ which is between the end of February and the middle of March. Read more Over the two days, the festival is split into two events. The night before the main festivities is referred to as Holika Dahan and is when people traditionally gather around a bonfire to […]

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Bali Hindus in Denmark celebrate Nyepi festival

By: Akrut.co. Original article is in Indonesian language and is published at http://akurat.co/news/id-550558-read-umat-hindu-bali-rayakan-hari-suci-nyepi-di-kopenhagen

Nyepi is a Bali Hindu festival Saka New Year Celebration.

Read English translation below :

Pensosbud of the Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen, Dieny Maya Sari, said on Sunday (10/3) that the Saka New Year Celebration was attended by around 100 people from the Indonesian diaspora and Danish citizens.

In his speech, the Ambassador in Copenhagen, M. Ibnu Said, said that the celebration of the Holy Day of Nyepi inspired us all to always maintain harmony in life as a way to happiness.
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“The difference in religious background, ethnic background, cultural background is not a barrier for us to unite and is not a barrier for us to live in harmony in harmony. Therefore, let us always hold fast to Pancasila and Unity in Diversity, and contribute to the unity and progress of the Indonesian nation, “he said.

The celebration was held in close collaboration between Indonesian community groups in Copenhagen, Krama Bali Denmark (KDB), with the Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen.

The chairman of Krama Bali Denmark, I Gede Widana, said there are currently around 50 Balinese Hindus in Denmark. “We are very happy to be able to celebrate Nyepi together at the Indonesian Embassy in Copenhagen and there are also Danish people who participated in the celebration together,” he said.

Balinese dances are dedicated to enliven the Nyepi celebration, such as the Panyembrana dance, Hard Mask, Sekar Jagad, Old Mask, Butterfly and Joged Bungbung.

The dishes provided are also full of typical Balinese menus, such as lawar ayam, betutu chicken, urab Bali, kale plecing, spicy beef, and rica seasoning fish.

1941 Nyepi Day Saka has the theme “With Chess Bharata Penyepian Success the 2019 Election”, with the main message Dharma Santi Dharma, which means virtue in the heart to create a harmonious and peaceful life, so that the 2019 Election becomes a peaceful Election.

This can be realized if all religious people in Indonesia live in harmony, by always purifying their thoughts and sayings and maintaining politeness and deeds, which ultimately leads to goodness and justice.

The Holy Day of Nyepi is based on the calculation of the Kesanga Tilem, a day of purification of the gods in the ocean, which also carries the essence of amartha (living water). Nyepi is also a new year in the Saka calendar, which began in 78 AD.

The main purpose of Nyepi is to beg Sang Hyang Widhi to purify the alit (human nature) and the great bhuana (universe), through the melasti procession, tilem sasih kesanga, pinanggal pisan, and Catur Bharata, so that it is hoped that in the new Saka year, the ummah Hindus can start life cleanly and return to holiness.

 

 

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Indonesian President greets Indonesian Hindus on their new year Day

Hindu Council of Australia : Thank you Joko Widodo for greeting Indonesian Hindus on Hindu new year festival called Hari Raya Nyepi, a day of silence and reflection. Hari Raya Nyepi is new year day as per Balinese Saka calendar. Hindus in South East Asia are celebrating start of year 1941 of the Saka calendar.

Joko’s message :

To my Hindu people these days get away from the crowds and wild passions, detach from feelings of anger, hatred, and envy, bersunyi to find identity. …


 

 

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How Bali’s non-Hindus show religious tolerance and respect on Nyepi

Western tourists are not the only people in Bali expected to accommodate the Hindu holiday of Nyepi, which took place yesterday, marking the first day of the Balinese New Year with a full 24 hours of quiet self reflection aided by a general ban on work, lights and noise. Non-Hindu residents of the island not only accommodate the holiday’s strict bans but also contribute to their enforcement by local security, known as pecalang , who are the only souls allowed to be out and about on Nyepi in order to patrol neighborhoods in their traditional uniforms while on the look out for those violating the spirit of the day. It’s the one day of the year when the island’s streets and beaches are eerily empty and the air unpolluted by the usual hum of construction and motorbikes. Even the international airport shuts up shop for the day. Sanur beach […]

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Shivaratri Celebration at Vedanta Hall – Sunday 3 March

Shivaratri Celebration
At Vedanta Hall, 15 Liverpool Rd, Croydon on Sunday 3 March.

As an offering to Shiva the Celebration commenced with group chanting of Om Namah Shivaya 108 times creating a vibrant feeling of peace.

In his speech at the event Nandu Mehta, Secretary of the Ramakrishna Sarada Vedanta Society of NSW, observed “Siva is auspiciousness condensed, it is auspiciousness in its purest form. Shivaratri means the night of auspiciousness, therefore this auspiciousness is to be observed through the contemplation of God and of our real Self.”

In her speech, President of the Society, Pravrajika Gayatriprana, explored Shiva as the meditator and what it means to us in the daily challenge of life.

“Often, when we think of Shiva, the picture that comes to us is Shiva in deep meditation or Shiva as Nataraja, the dancer. (As pictured below). What is Shiva meditating on, or, why is he meditating?

“We try to meditate because we want to gain control over our lower nature. But we are under control of nature. We must do whatever nature asks us too. Nature tells us ‘Sleep’ and however much we resist it, we fall asleep. Something good or bad happens and nature tells us ‘you laugh, you weep.’ We are forced to. We don’t have any freedom. We think that we are free beings, of course, we have freedom: we have got political freedom, we have got religious freedom, in these ways and more we are free but still we are completely under the control of nature, the playthings of nature.

“The only way to get control over nature is through meditation. As Swami Vivekananda says, ‘Meditation is the power that enables us to resist all this, our slavery to nature.’

“Shiva has got complete control over nature, but still he is meditating. What is he meditating on? His own glory. His mind is completely under control, all energies are withdrawn, his mind is calm and placid like the ripple less surface of a lake. He is meditating just for the bliss of meditation. It is said that now and then he becomes overwhelmed with the bliss and starts dancing. That is the joy of freedom.”

After the speeches all the devotees had a share of prasad.

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Hindu Symbols vandalized during Nyepi religious celebrations in East Java

Translation from Indonesian to English of Jelang Nyepi, Tiga Ornamen Simbol Umat Hindu Dirusak Orang tak Dikenal by Google Translate.

“LUMAJANG – The tranquility of the Tenggerese Hindus in Lumajang, East Java is disturbed ahead of the Nyepi celebration. There was destruction of three religious symbols in the form of patmasari or ornaments on the edge of the road. Now, the police are still investigating this case.

The police line was installed at the location of the destruction of Hindu religious symbols in Argosari Village, Senduro District. Three ornaments which are usually used as a reminder place for YME installed on every corner of the village road, were damaged by unknown people.

Ismail, Argosari Village Chief, explained, it was not yet known when the ornaments were damaged.

“But from some residents’ information, it was alleged that the building was damaged on Tuesday morning,” Ismail said.

The destruction of the symbol of the Hindu religion worship received serious attention from Thoriqul Haq, Regent of Lumajang. He went directly to the location to find out the chronology and the scene.”

 

Read the original article in Indonesian language at Jelang Nyepi, Tiga Ornamen Simbol Umat Hindu Dirusak Orang tak Dikenal 

 

The Hindus in Bali are strongly religious. All ages, except babies seem to be wholeheartedly bound to the observance of the prayer. Women wear kebaya and have their hair twisted while men appear in white with udang (traditional headdress) on their head. They will march under golden yellow sunshades which are meant for ritual ceremonies.

 

Tawur Kesanga, a ritual procession on the eve of Nyepi, celebrated a day before. The children carry flame torches, that lit bonfires to symbolically burn ogoh ogoh monster evil spirits.

One day before Nyepi, there is the Tawur Kasanga ceremony. The ceremony is held in every place of the island, from the front yard through the city pura. Every house has merajan to adorn with Panca Warna offerings. Sanggah cucuk of bamboo cane are positioned against the door to display colorful gifts of sacrifice, such as ā€˜ketupatā€™ (cooked rice in square of coconut leaves), tumpeng (cone rice), chicken and other food, and rice wine, liquor, and water presented under the bamboo.

The last day of the year includes processions of Bhuta (demons, above), followed by Nyepi, the festival of silence.

According to Wikipedia, Nyepi is a Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to the Balinese calendar (in 2019, it falls on March 7). It is a Hindu celebration mainly celebrated in Bali, Indonesia and in East Java.

Many Hindus in South Asia observe the same day as new year. For example, the Hindus of Maharashtra term the same festival, observed on the same day, Gudi Padwa (Marathi: गुढी पाडवा). The Sindhis, people from Sindh, celebrate the same day as Cheti Chand, which is the beginning of their calendar year. Manipuris also celebrate their New Year as Sajibu Nongma Panba on the same day. The Hindus of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka also celebrate their new year on the same day as Ugadi.

 

 

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Scores of devotees visit Nepal’s Pashupatinath temple on Mahashivaratri

Devotees at Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu (Nepal) Kathmandu [ Nepal ], Mar 4 (ANI): Thousands of devotees thronged Pashupatinath temple here on Monday on the occasion of Mahashivaratri. The Indian Ambassador also visited the Pashupatinath temple to offer prayers. The Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) is expecting about one million […]

Scores of devotees visit Nepal\'s Pashupatinath temple on Mahashivaratri

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Australians celebrate Maha Shivratri in Sydney

By: Anmol Puri.

Art of Living in Sydney celebrated Mahashivratri with a soulful satsang at Dundas Community Centre followed by home cooked vegetarian dinner which also catered for those who were fasting. More than 60 people attended the satsang and were blissed by the soulful bhajans (devotional chanting) sung by Art of Living singers accompanied by guitar and djembe players. The energy was so high that many could not help getting up and dancing and moving to the melodious music. Satsang was followed by a short pooja and meditation. The event was attended by followers of Art of Living devotees from all cultures, religions and countries joined as they always do for Art of Living events.

Mahashivratri is a special festival for all spiritual seekers as it is believed that on this night, Shiva (which is pure consciousness) comes in contact with Prakriti (manifest physical world) which is a great occasion for us to go deep within. Most temples in Australia had put up a special program going until midnight for devotees to pray to Lord Shiva on this important day.

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Java Hindus celebrate Hindu Festival Melasti

By:Aman Rochman. Thousands of members of the Hindu Tengger community, who live on the slopes of Mount Bromo, carried offerings, heirlooms and other items to the Widodaren spring to perform the Melasti ceremony on Sunday, March 3, 2019 .

Hindus will perform an ogoh-ogoh (giant effigy) parade on Wednesday afternoon and then perform Nyepi on Thursday. The whole ceremony closes on Friday with the Ngembak Geni ceremony – which literally means restarting the fire – in each temple.[yan] […]

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