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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Pakistan lawmaker says ‘Hindus are our enemy’, draws ire

Later, the assembly members took both the protesting Members of Provincial Assembly into confidence and brought them back to the session. Members representing the minority community at a provincial assembly in Pakistan walked out of the session after a PPP lawmaker said that “Hindus are our enemy” in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. His remark was criticised by Ravi Kumar and Ranjeet Singh who walked out of the assembly session. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Sher Azam Wazir, in his address in the assembly, said that “Hindus are our enemy”. Wazir, however, apologised over his choice of words and said that he should have used the word “Hindustan” (India) instead. Later, the assembly members took both the protesting Members of Provincial Assembly into confidence and brought them back to the session. Kumar said that though India is hostile towards Pakistan, the Hindu community is not. Speaker Mushtaq […]

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Holi 2019: Wishes, Quotes and Messages to Celebrate the Hindu Spring Festival

The religious festival of Holi, known as “the festival of color” or “the festival of love”, is one of the most important dates in the Hindu calendar. The day and night of celebrations surrounding the spiritual festival begin at the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna, the 12th month in India’s civil calendar. It is known by a variety of names with “Holika Dahan” or “Choti Holi” marking the evening before, with Holi itself called “Rangwali Holi”. Falling between March 20 to 21 and celebrated principally in India and Nepal, Holi celebrates the arrival of spring, the fertility of the months that cast off winter, color and vibrancy. The day before Holi is celebrated with a bonfire rejoicing in the triumph of good over evil. However, the day is most visible around the world because of the colorful powder, called gulal, worshipers throw over one another at […]

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Navy officer honoured as role model at Gargi Awards

By: Navy Daily.

Navy’s Principal Chaplain Colin Acton congratulates Lieutenant Kamala Sharma-Wing on her Gargi Award in the Defence, Police, Fire and Emergency Services category. Lieutenant Sharma Wing won the Hindu Council’s 2019 Gargi Award in the Defence, Police, Fire and Emergency Services category at a ceremony in Sydney. Lieutenant Sharma-Wing was excited to receive the award and pleased her work had both inspired and raised awareness about the Australian Defence Force as a career option for young Hindu people. 

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ANZAC Jawan Memorial Service to be held on 13th April

By: Ashwani Jain.

A team of Hindu Council of Australia consisting of State President Jay Raman, State Secretary Ashwani Jain and Director Ashwani Sharma along with Parveen Gupta  met Hornsby Council Mayor Hon Philip Ruddock today.

From left to Right : Ashwani Sharma Director, Hornsby Council Mayor Hon Philip Ruddock, Jay Raman NSW President, Parveen Gupta, Ashwani Jain NSW Secretary.

The team discussed annual ANZAC service to be performed at ANZAC Jawan Cenotaph that was erected by Hindu Council of Australia with help from MP Julian Leeser to commemorate services of Indian origin servicemen who had joined Australian forces during the World Wars.

Hornsby Council Mayor Hon Philip Ruddock

In the meeting it was decided that an ANZAC day service will be held at ANZAC Jawan Cenotaph. The service will be held on 13th April 2019 between 1 to 3 pm.

13/04/2019-NSW ANZAC Day Service at Cenotaph, Cherrybrook

For further information contact : nswsecretary@hinducouncil.com.au

 

ANZAC JAWAN Cenotaph Memorial dedicated to Indian Soldiers

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Sanya returns to school waking us to demand religious freedom in schools

Press Release – Hindu Council demands Freedom of and From Religion in faith based schools

You may be aware that a Hindu girl studying in a Catholic school in Perth was asked to remove her nose stud as it violated school uniform policy. Parents of the girl and then Hindu Council of Australia told the school that a nose stud is an item of religious significance and is obligatory.

The school however did not relent. Hindu Council of Australia took up the matter with archbishop of Perth. We got an acknowledgement of our letter but did not hear any thing further after that. The school went on its own spree to interpret Hinduism which was strongly objected to by Hindu Council.

Hindu Council then took up the matter with Catholic education in Sydney and were assured that the matter is being discussed and has not been forgotten. Hindu Council made an appeal to Minister of Education WA to frame rules for religious freedom of students of other faiths in faith based schools. Many other Hindu groups in Perth have also been pursuing the issue.

Finally, today, six weeks after missing her school, Sanya has finally started going to her school. While we are happy that Sanya is back in her school, we urge the school to do the extra yard to help her with the missed six weeks of her education.

Hindu Council of Australia salutes the steadfastness of Sanya and her mother and is planning to award them as they make a good role model for young girls growing up in Australia.

While Sanya is back and busy with her studies, our fight for religious freedom in faith based school has just begun. Hindu Council of Australia wants a freedom of religion for students, employees and teachers of other faiths in faith based schools. We demand state and federal education minsters, state and federal multi cultural ministers and parliaments to pass laws granting freedom of religion in faith based schools :

  1. Each faith based school should make public its policy for students, employees and teachers of other faiths.
  2. Those of other faiths in faith based school should not be coerced to convert, should not be asked to hide their religious identity, should be clearly told that their participation in religious services is optional and non-participation will not be viewed negatively.
  3. Faith of an applicant should not be a reason to refuse admission or employment, to refuse promotion or participation in school.
  4. Faith based schools must admit a certain percentage of students, employees, teachers of other faiths so that students while learning about their own religion, do not grow without contact with students and people of other faiths, cultures, orientation and backgrounds.

 

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VIEWPOINT: Discovering Hinduism in Āratī

Each Sunday evening as I enter Georgetown University’s Jewish prayer room, Makóm, for weekly Āratī , herbal incense and the soft hum of the harmonium greet me. After I grab a comfortable pillow and find a spot, I close my eyes and begin meditating with the rest of my Hindu community, feeling at home at last. Though I have only been at Georgetown for eight months, I have discovered the value of my faith and found community within Hindu spaces on campus. Before I came to the Hilltop, I had never been a part of an extensive cultural or faith-based organization like the Hindu Students Association. At my high school, tucked away past the acres of Iowa corn fields, I was the only Hindu and Indian student. The nonexistent Hindu community at school discouraged me from embracing my faith; I was so lonely and ashamed of my cultural identity […]

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Teaching Hinduism in NSW public schools is in full swing

By: Madya Lila.

We are now half way through Term 1 and all of our classes have started. We are currently working with seven schools to deliver SRE programs: Burwood Girls, Sydney Boys, Sydney Girls, North Sydney Boys, Macarthur Girls, Evans, Fort Street.

Most of these schools only have SRE programs for Year 7, but two of them (Burwood and Fort Street) combine Years 7-10 into one class. Evans has an interesting SRE program format consisting of one hour per year level per school term. They run a full day seminar once a term where each year level has one hour of SRE instruction.

The feedback we’ve received from the teachers has been positive. Students are enjoying the classes, especially the stories and the Bhagavad Gita study. Because of the young age of many of the students, we also try to include craft and quizzes whenever possible. There are some constraints such as schools not allowing the use of paints in the classroom and sometimes the teachers do not get to spend a full 30 minutes with the students because they arrive late, etc. But all in all, it has been a very positive experience so far.

All of the teachers are really enjoying being able to share a little of their knowledge and passion for Hinduism.

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APRO condemns Christchurch incident

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