Cumberland Holi Festival on 24th March 2019

Holi will be celebrated at Civic Park on 24th March 2019.

Cumberland Diwali Street Festival

Cumberland Council is holding its first DIWALI STREET FESTIVAL in 2018 and you are invited to join us in creating a lively street market and sell your products to the Wentworthville community in a fun colourful atmosphere! Celebrations will be held on Saturday 17th November 2018 between 5.00pm and 9.00pm on Station Street, Wentworthville and […]

Anglican Retirement Village in Sydney celebrates Diwali

The Ponds is a new suburb of Sydney situated in the North West growth corridor, where the first stage of a major shopping centre and commercial space have opened. The new suburb was designed to make the estate a new community. The first lots of land were released on 31 March 2007. There are a […]

Diwali celebrated in Parramatta

By : Surinder Jain. (Photographs by Vijay Maharaj and Dharmendra Modi) Hindu Council of Australia celebrated its 20th Diwali at Parramatta Park on 3rd and 4th November 2018. Saturday the 3rd was marked by Sri Sitarama Kalyanam and Ram Lila while Sunday the 4th was Sri Sitarama Pattabhishekam, Ram Lila, Ravan Dehan and fire works. […]

Parramatta Diwali/Pattabhishekam 4th November

Take a day off on Diwali day to celebrate it with family and friends

The Hindu Council of Australia’s South Australia chapter,  is urging people to take a day off on Diwali day in Australia to pass the culture and message on to the next generation.

Karwachauth celebration at Darwin

By : Shashi Khanna. Karwa chauth – ( The Mother in-law & Daughter in law day ) – the festival of Wife, Husband & mother in law!! surprised!! Yes dear, that’s the beauty and core of India. India lies in its family bonding and relationships. The care ,warmth, sacrifices, compromises, support is integral part of […]

Non-Alcoholic and Vegetarian Diwali celebrated by NSW Unions

By : Surinder Jain. Unions NSW held a Diwali celebration “Unions in Unison in Divine Diwali” in the Trades Hall at Trade Union office on 26th October 2018. The event was hosted by the secretary of NSW Unions and presented by Harish Velji and Aesha of the labour Union movement. Diwali celebration in Trades Hall […]

Indian cultural society celebrates Dandia at Darwin Australia

By : Shashi Khanna. Indian culture celebrates life with seasons, festivals and many events celebrated all across Indian states. Dandia and Garbha the divine dance to worship during Navratri is special from western states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Women and men clad in bright coloured traditional attire dance to the rhythmic tunes of worship.    […]

Diwali celebrated in Rouse Hill Shopping Centre

Hindu Council of Australia celebrated Diwali festival with a fun fare and cultural program in Rouse Hill Town Shopping centre on 27th October 2018. Rouse Hill Town Centre is a shopping centre in the suburb of Rouse Hill in the Hills District of Sydney. The Village Centre is the main shopping mall with hundreds of […]

Diwali celebrated in Perth by Hindu Council of Australia

A Diwali celebration was held on 19th October 2018 at Edith Covent University in Perth. The program started by a speech by Bhakti Koriya on the significance of Deepavali. A work shop for making Rangoli was held by Nutan, Damji, Shubhada and Bhakti. This was followed by a dance by the group. Many passer byes […]

Durga Puja celebrated in Darwin Australia

By: Shashi Khanna. MA DURGA’S BLESSINGS AT DARWIN,NT Cultural Harmony at Harmony Hall , Darwin!  October 13,2018 another cultural and religious initiative by the Indian community at Darwin. The occasion was the Durga Puja, first time celebrated at this magnanimous scale. The Puja & Durga society of Northern Territory was the organising body but a […]

Bhadrachalam deities arriving in Sydney soon

By: Sai Pravastu. It is of great joy and delight to let everyone know that the utsava moortis Lord Sri Rama along with Sita Devi, Lakshamana and Anjeyanaya swamy are for the first time coming to Sydney from the ancient and famous Sri SitaRama temple of Bhadrachalam which is on the banks of mighty Godavari […]

Significance of Sri Sitarama Bhadrachalam

रामो रामो राम इति प्रजनामभवन् कथााः | रामभूिं जिभूद्रमे राज्यं प्रशासति । तनत्यपश्ु पा तनत्यफलास्िरवस्र तनर्व्नर ााः | कामवशी च पजन्र याः सखु स्पशश्र च मारुिाः । Sri Vaalmeeki Ramayana – Yuddha Kanda – CXXVIII. 103, 104 Under Sri Rama’s rule, people rejoiced everywhere hailing Rama ! Rama! Rama! in jubilation and recounting his deeds; […]

Be a Yajmann for Sri Sitarama Kalyanam

By:Sai Pravastu. This year during Deepavali celebrations at Parramatta on 3rd & 4th November, we are blessed by Sri SitaRama, Lakshmana and Anjaneya Swamy from Bhadrachalam (India), As you may know this year is Vilambi nama samvatsara i.e  the year Lord Sri Rama was born and and it comes every 60 years. we will be […]

Deepavali in Australia

Diwali 2018 celebrations in Australia

Ganesha Puja held in Adelaide Zoo

Hindu Council of Australia performed Ganesh Chaturathi festival in Adelaide Zoo on 13th September 2018.  

Telgu Sandadi – Ganesh Festival

KHSM – Onam Cultural Day

Happy Raksha Bandhan

By:Madya Lila. Happy Raksha Bandhan! Also known as Rakhi, this is a special occasion to celebrate the love between brothers and sisters. On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie an amulet around their brother’s wrist and wish him a long and healthy life. In return, he gives her a small gift, pledging to always protect and care […]

Happy Varalakshmi Vrat

By:Madya Lila. Best wishes on Varalakshmi Vrat, the festival honouring Srimati Varalakshmi the Goddess of Fortune and consort and shakti (potency) of Lord Vishnu. Lord Shiva himself is said to have recommended the observance of Varalakshmi Vrat to his wife, Parvati. Commemorating Parvarti’s devotion and love for her consort, married women fast and worship Goddess […]

Happy Onam

By:Madya Lila. Happy Onam! The joyful festival of Onam originates in Kerala. It celebrates the auspicious appearance of the Vamana avatar of Lord Vishnu and the homecoming of Mahabali and it also marks the Malayalam new year. Onam is enthusiastically celebrated with worship ceremonies, beautiful flower arrangements, boat races, traditional dance performances, martial arts, music […]

Happy Nag Panchami Day

By:Madya Lila. Warm greetings on the festival of Nag Panchami! Hindu culture has always placed great importance on living in harmony with nature. Planet Earth is revered as our mother, Bhumidevi, and Hindus recognise a sacred connection between all living creatures. According to Vedic teachings, the soul in each body is an equal spark of […]

KHSM – Vavu Bali, Pind Daan

Happy Guru Purnima 2018

By:Madya Lila.  Happy Guru Purnima! Celebrated as the appearance day of Srila Vyasadeva, one of the most revered Gurus and the compiler of the Vedas, Guru Purnima is the auspicious day to honour our spiritual guides.  Throughout India and in Hindu communities around the world, disciples offer Guru Puja (worship) and express their gratitude to […]

Perth Mint releases Diwali 2018 Stamp and Coin Cover

The coin features a representation of Ganesha with his traditional motifs – a lotus flower, an ornamental axe and a mouse, symbolising the deity’s state of enlightenment. The design includes the inscription ‘happy diwali’ and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

Jagannatha Puri Ratha Yatra 14th July 2018

By: Madya Lila May the Lord’s blessings be upon you on the auspicious day of Puri Ratha Yatra. In the holy city of Jagannatha Puri, the Supreme Lord resides within His ancient temple by the shores of the sea. Once every year, during the rainy season, Lord Jagannatha (Lord Krishna), along with His elder brother […]

Take a Quiz on Hindu Festivals

Test your knowledge about Hindu festivals. Test your knowledge about Hindu Festivals Please enter your email: 1. Deepavali or Diwali means a row of lighted lamps? Yes/No  Yes  No Deepavali which means “row of lights/lamps” in Kannada and Telugu and Marathi and Sanskrit is called “Diwali” in North India, Deepa means lamp and in Hindi a lamp is mostly called a Diya. […]

Ram Sita Kalyanam Vivah in Parramatta 3rd November 2018

Hindu Council of Australia is celebrating Deepavali festival on 3rd and 4th of November 2018 in Parramatta Park this year also. A special attraction of this year is likely to be an elaborate performance of Rama Sita Kalyanam or Ram Sita Vivah (marriage of Ram and Sita) being planned for 3rd November in Parramatta park […]

Ashraya Band celebrates International Day of Yoga with concerts in Darwin

To celebrate International Day of Yoga, the kirtan band Ashraya will be joining the festivities in Darwin. On their second tour to the Top End, they bring their world grooves and mellow sounds with beautiful ancient mantras that soothe the soul’s inner-most needs.  Weaving together the mantras with amazing music, Ashraya brings a unique and […]

Happy Galungan & Kuningan 9th June 2018

By Madya Lila. This Balinese celebration of the triumph of dharma over adharma is one of the most auspicious days in the Balinese calendar and relates with the Diwali celebration of Hindus in other parts of the world. In Balinese, the word “Galungan” means victory and commemorates Indra’s victory over a tyrant king who prevented […]

Best wishes on Savitri Puja!

Written by Madya Lila ·  Best wishes on Savitri Puja! Savitri Puja celebrates Savitri, the courageous woman whose loyalty and courage brought her husband back from the dead. Savitri’s story is found in the Mahabharata. In ancient times, Savitri was a princess who chose to marry Satyavan, a prince living in exile in the forest. She left […]

Art telling Ramayana, Hindu story, at Carlos Museum

An exhibit of art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University is highlighting events told in the Ramayana, a sacred text of Hinduism. The exhibit opened in January, and Coweta residents have been among the visitors viewing the paintings filled with bright colors and elaborate detail. The paintings date from the 17th-19th centuries. […]

Nyepi Ritual in Yogyakarta Using Holy Water from India

A total of 5,000 Hindus from Central Java and Yogyakarta joined Tawur Kesanga ritual to commemorate Nyepi Holy Day at Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta, on Friday, March 16. Since early morning, people flocked to the yard of Wisnu Mandala in Prambanan Temple Park (TWC) to conduct the ritual. “Tawur Agung Kesanga is a purification ceremony which is […]

Thousands of Hindus in Klaten perform Melasti at spring

Jakarta Post–12 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 […]

Borneo Hindus celebrate Tamil New Year

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 […]

Hindus mark Hanuman Jayanti in Trinidad & Tabago

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 […]

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

(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 […]

Nyepi – Balanese Hindus celebrate Saka Calendar Hindu New Year

 Nyepi is a Hindu celebration mainly celebrated in Bali, Indonesia. 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 […]

Call to Artists

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) (Click here for an introduction to Diwali festival of lights) PLEASE NOTE THAT ENTRIES FOR PAINTINGS HAS ALREADY CLOSED. HOWEVER, IF YOU […]

Pharrell Williams accused of cultural appropriation of Holi

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 […]

Rangoli workshop at Parramasala

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 […]

Painting workshop at Parramasala by Hindu Council

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 […]

Yoga workshop at Parramasala by Hindu Council

Bharani Ji, a renowned Yoga teacher, conducted a Yoga workshop at Parramsala festival. The aim of the workshop was for people to come and try Yoga under supervision and free of charge. 10 children showcased various poses whilst their guru was instructing them. The children were so adaptable and showcased their talent and also involved […]

Hindu council in Parramasala parade

Hindu council of Australia has partnered with Parramasala festival to celebrate International Women’s day and Gargi Woman Awards. Parramasala is a three day celebration Parramatta’s cultural diversity. The festival began on Friday 9th March 2018 with a parade from Parramatta Town Hall to Prince Alfred Park. Different ethnic cultures at home in Parramatta were represented […]

Holi celebration with Cumberland Council

Hindu Council of Australia and Cumberland council jointly organized the Cumberland Festival of Colours Holi at Civic Park Pendle Hill on Saturday3rd March with great zeal and fanfare. The event was formally opened by the Cumberland Council Mayor Greg Cummings & by Mr Prakash Mehta, President Hindu Council of Australia. They smeared each other with […]

Holi Milan Pendle Hill NSW

THIS IS A TOTALLY FREE EVENT You dont have to register for this event. But we welcome if you do want to register for the event and want to GET A FREE TICKET (this is purely optional, you are welcome to walk in without a ticket as they are totally FREE) Click here (Go to […]

Cumberland Festival of Colours Holi Milan Pendle Hill 2018

Come and join the fun Let’s paint the town Red – Literally … Hindu Council of Australia brings to you, Holi – The Cumberland festival of colours, celebrated at Civic Park, Targo Rd, Pendle Hill with support from the Cumberland council on Saturday 3rd March 2018. We expect approximately 2000 people to join us for […]