Thousands of Hindus in Klaten perform Melasti at spring

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Jakarta Post12 Mar. 2018
Performed on Sunday, March 11, by thousands of Hindus in Klaten, the Melasti ritual was held to mark the beginning of the ceremonies prior to Nyepi (Hindu Day of Silence) which will be commemorated on March 17. Klaten is one of the biggest Hindu structures in Indonesia. Melasti is a Hindu Balinese purification ceremony and ritual, which according to Balinese calendar is held several days prior to the Nyepi holy day. It is observed by Hindus in Indonesia, especially in Bali. Despite most devotees performing Melasti on the beach, Hindus in Klaten chose Umbul …
 

Borneo Hindus celebrate Tamil New Year

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MIRI: More than 200 Hindu devotees and their family members gathered at Kamini Durga Eswari Amman Temple in Taman Tunku here to celebrate the Tamil New Year yesterday. The colourful event organised by Miri Hindu Society (MHS) was attended by Miri Mayor Adam Yii. “Tamil New Year is one of the world’s most vibrant and colourful events celebrated with revelry across the globe.

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Hindus mark Hanuman Jayanti in Trinidad & Tabago

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Published: Thursday, March 29, 2018

This year, Hanuman Jayanti will be celebrated on March 31. The event is celebrated to commemorate the birth of the Hindu god Hanuman who is known for his courage, power and faithful, selfless service to his Lord Rama. Asked what Hanuman represents and what lessons we ought to learn from the humble Hanuman, Pundit Veda Persad of the Ramjit and Basso Persad Hindu Mandir, St Helena Village, Piarco, stated: “The message is that we have our own lives and we bring karmic values from past lives. What we do in this life, we must do to bring good karmic value.

Hinduism is a minority religion in Trinidad and TobagoHindu culture arrived in 1845 in Trinidad and Tobago.[1] In the 21st century, pro Hindu parties were elected.[2] In the 2011 census, There are 240,100 declared Hindus in Trinidad and Tobago. There are also various temples in Trinidad and Tobago to accommodate Hindus.

 

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Wishing you a Happy Vaisakhi, Baisakhi, Vishu, Pahela Baishakh, Bihu and Puthuvarusham

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(Compiled by : Madya Lila, ASMY)

Wishing You A Happy Vaisakhi! For many of the world’s Hindus, Vaisakhi also known as Baisakhi, Vishu, Pahela Baishakh, Bihu and Puthuvarusham is an ancient harvest festival that celebrates the beginning of the solar new year. People clean their homes and businesses, prepare special foods, observe sacred customs, visit the temples and participate in unique regional dances, fairs and festivities.

Vaisakhi is an auspicious day all around as it was also on this very day, thousands of years ago, that Goddess Ganga descended to earth. In her honour, the devout celebrate with a dip in her holy rivers at the break of dawn.

Traditionally, Vaisakhi is observed by the farming community as a day of joyfully thanking God for the abundant harvest. The best of the harvest is lovingly offered to God in gratitude. The community also seeks blessings for future prosperity and progress in the coming year.

No matter where we are in the world we too can celebrate this sacred day of Vaisakhi by setting aside our daily concerns and taking a little time to go within our hearts to reflect and give thanks to God for our countless blessings. There are many challenges in life and when things go wrong we find it hard to see things to be thankful for. By consciously practicing thankfulness we open our eyes to the many gifts God has given us.

On this day of Vaisakhi let us make an auspicious beginning to our New Year by filling our hearts with gratitude. In this mood of thankfulness, may we also be moved to share our blessings, our gifts and our talents in the loving service of God and all living beings. Happy Vaisakhi!

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Call for Artists to produce Diwali art work

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Do you know of a good artist who can produce an art painting or other art work based on Diwali theme. Hindu Council wants such artists to produce a special art for a Diwali exhibition.

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Strathfield’s High Street Library has offered Hindu Council of Australia to source local artists and create a Diwali theme based art exhibition in their art space.

The Diwali art space exhibition will be inaugurated by the Mayor of Strathfiled on 8th November 2018 with catering and flyers provided by the Library. The exhibition will continue until 20th November 2018. The library will be advertising the art exhibition with flyers, on its website and on other art exhibition platforms.

The idea is to promote Diwali theme art work so that art buyers can see the art work and purchase it directly from the artists. Entire proceeds of the art work will go directly to the artist as neither Hindu Council nor the Library will charge any commission. The space will also be provided free of cost. All that the artists have to do is, bring their art work paintings, display them and wait for it to be appreciated and sometimes sold.

It is expected that artists will produce original art work based on Diwali theme and a catalogue of all paintings and other art work will be produced much before the event to be publicised and will be distributed far and wide.

There is space for about 50 pieces of art work which can be in the form of framed paintings or other sculptures. Thin sculptures and paintings can be hung on the state of art hanging system with D hooks on the art space walls. There is a limit of 7 Kg for art work with a single hook and up to 14 Kg for an art work with one hook on each side left and right. Heavier sculptures can be placed on table space. There will be space for artists to do live painting and Rangoli also.

D hook, wire and hanging provided by Library

Library has offered an award of $100 for the best viewers pick award. Hindu Council will also offer awards for second and third place holders which will cover the cost of framing the two painting.

If you know an artist or are an artist then please contact Hindu Council of Australia using the form below so that you can produce an original art work and participate in this art exhibition.

Your Name* :
Your Email* :
Your phone* :
Your Address* :

State* :

Please tick the kind of art work you would produce for this exhibition :
Framed PaintingUnframed PaintingSculpture less than 3 inches thickSculpture more than 3 inches thickOther

Number of paintings you will display* :

Please describe your art work* (Size, type, genre etc.) :

Please describe your self as an artist* :

Please upload up to 3 photos of your previous art work* (Only jpeg files less than 300k each):

I understand that I have to produce original art work which has to be completed by 30th September 2018. Upon completion, I will send a picture of my art work to Hindu Council so that it can be included in a catalogue and/or used to publicize the art space exhibition.

I give you permission to use the information on this form for promotion and management of the event.

Nyepi – Balanese Hindus celebrate Saka Calendar Hindu New Year

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 Nyepi is a Hindu celebration mainly celebrated in BaliIndonesia. It is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese. The day following Nyepi is celebrated as Hindu New Year’s Day. The same day celebrated in India as Ugadi. Nyepi is  commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to the Balinese calendar (in 2018, it fell on March 17).

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 also celebrate their new year on the same day as Ugadi.

The Melasti Ritual is performed 3–4 days beforehand Nyepi. It is dedicated to Sanghyang Widhi Wasa. The ritual is performed in Pura (Balinese temple) near the sea (Pura Segara) and meant to purify Arca, Pratima, and Pralingga (sacred objects) belonging to several temples, also to acquire sacred water from the sea.The Bhuta Yajna Ritual is performed next to vanquish the negative elements and create a balance with God, Mankind, and Nature. The ritual is also meant to appease Batara Kala by Pecaruanoffering of live animal sacrifice. Around sunset the “Pengrupukan” ceremony begins in the house compounds with the noisy banging of pots and pans and bamboo tubes along with burning of dried coconut leaf torches to drive out the demons.

Most Hindu Balinese villages make ogoh-ogoh, demonic statues made of richly painted bamboo, cloth, tinsel, and styrofoam symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits or even characters from Hindu mythology. After the ogoh-ogoh have been paraded around the village, they are burned in the cemeteries although many are displayed in front of community halls for another month or more and sometimes even purchased by museums and collectors.

Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection, and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and, for some, no talking or eating at all. The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.

In 2018, a parade of 7,000 exhibits including a joint Narsimha sanhaar was paraded on the streets.

The Nyepi Rituals are performed as Amati Geni: No fire or light, including no electricity, Amati Karya: No working, Amati Lelunganan: No travelling and Amati Lelanguan: Fasting and no revelry/self-entertainment. The Yoga/Brata Ritual starts at 6:00 a.m. and continues to 6:00 a.m. the next day. The Ngembak Agni/Labuh Brata Ritual is performed for all Hindus to forgive each other and to welcome the new days to come. Finally, The Dharma Shanti Rituals is performed after all the Nyepi rituals are finished.

The day following Nyepi is also celebrated as New Year’s Day. On this day, the youth of Bali in the village of Sesetan in South Bali practice the ceremony of Omed-omedan or ‘The Kissing Ritual’ to celebrate the new year.

On the day after Nyepi, known as Ngembak Geni (Relighting the Fire), social activity picks up again quickly, as families and friends gather to ask forgiveness from one another, and to perform certain religious rituals together. Fires and electricity are allowed again, and cooking of food resumes.

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Call to Artists

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If you would like to participate in Diwali Art Exhibition being held at Strathfield High Street Library, please contact us using the form below. (Exhibition dates 8th November 2018 to 20th November 2018)

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Your Name* :
Your Email* :
Your phone* :
Your Address* :

State* :

Please tick the kind of art work you would produce for this exhibition :
Framed PaintingUnframed PaintingSculpture less than 3 inches thickSculpture more than 3 inches thickOther

Number of paintings you will display* :

Please describe your art work* (Size, type, genre etc.) :

Please describe your self as an artist* :

Please upload up to 3 photos of your previous art work* (Only jpeg files less than 300k each):

I understand that I have to produce original art work which has to be completed by 30th September 2018. Upon completion, I will send a picture of my art work to Hindu Council so that it can be included in a catalogue and/or used to publicize the art space exhibition.

I give you permission to use the information on this form for promotion and management of the event.

Pharrell Williams accused of cultural appropriation of Holi

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People are accusing Pharrell Williams of cultural appropriation over his new Adidas line inspired by a Hindu festival

Pharrell Williams and Adidas are being accused of cultural appropriation over a new line of sneakers and apparel that were apparently inspired by Holi, a Hindu spring festival that celebrates love, colors, fertility, and the victory of good over evil. The items in the collection, which is named Hu Holi, are meant to mimic the way white clothing gets doused with colored powder during the Hindu festival. […..Read More…..]

Rangoli workshop at Parramasala

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By Shobha Deshikan

Hindu Council of Australia created a huge Rangoli of flowers at Parramasala and conducted a Rangoli making workshop. It took eight people to do the wonderful beautiful Rangoli. of vibrant and colorful flowers.  The Rangoli was very impressive. All day long, passers would stop, wonder and pictures including numerous selfies. It was thoroughly, a joyful sight to see.

Painting workshop at Parramasala by Hindu Council

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A painting workshop was conducted at Parramasala festival where visitors were encouraged to try their hand at painting and to watch painters making their paintings live.

This wonderful workshop was conducted by two teenage girls Mili and Kushi. They both mesmerized their audience with their speed painting skills. Kushi did a reverse painting whilst the audience were wondering what it was…once completed she placed the picture upside down and it was a beautiful scenic and iconic Jog falls. Kushi painted a scene from the desert.  There were lot of curious   kids asking questions which Murthy and the girls were happy to explain.