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Hindu New Years (II)

Hindu New Years (II)

If you haven't seen it yet, please do check out our Part 1, where we have showcased the New Year celebrations for Hindu communities who mark their months on the basis of the Lunar calendar! Every culture has had a separate understanding of what Time is, with the only...

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Hindu New Years (I)

Hindu New Years (I)

As Hindus, we are all part of a tradition stemming from our villages, our communities, our regions and our Sampradaya (spiritual lineage). These overlapping and intersecting layers make the real us, and this multitude of Hindu traditions brings with it the many unique...

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Bhagavad Gītā – a lesson in dealing with challenges

Bhagavad Gītā – a lesson in dealing with challenges

Five thousand years ago, a conversation took place which would mould the course of history from the moment it began. It was different from any normal conversation. Firstly, it took place between a warrior and his most trusted friend and companion. Secondly, the...

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My Deepāvali: Family, Festivities and Food! 

My Deepāvali: Family, Festivities and Food! 

Deepāvali - the ‘Festival of Lights’ - is a time of togetherness, celebrating the triumph of good over evil. Preparations for the five days of festivities begin days, sometimes even weeks, in advance with the cooking of sweets and savouries being made, purchase of...

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NHSF (UK)’s Locked Down Navratri

NHSF (UK)’s Locked Down Navratri

During Navratri, up and down the country activities take place to honour Durgā Māta, Shakti and Devi. Hundreds dance gracefully around the central picture of Durgā Māta during Garba; crowds gather as the mighty Dūrgā Pujā is performed to the all-powerful Mahishāsura...

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Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi

vakratunda mahākāya, surya koti sama prabha, nirvighnam kurū me deva, sarvakāryeshu sarvadā Decorated houses, crowded streets, loud music, and lighted skyscrapers are only few of the things you see as millions prepare to welcome their beloved Shrī Ganesh. From...

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Navratri

Navratri

Good over evil, love over hate: these are universal messages understood by any person of any religion and race. Navratri has just passed, the celebration of how the almighty Maa Durga defeated all the evil in the universe when Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the...

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Onam Ashamsakal!

Onam Ashamsakal!

Onam is the biggest festival celebrated by Hindus in the Southern state of Kerala. It falls in the first month of the Malayalam calendar, Chingam, which is usually August-September time. It reminisces Kerala’s agrarian past and so is referred to as the harvest...

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World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

Key facts Over 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. For every suicide there are many more people who attempt suicide every year. A prior suicide attempt is the single most important risk factor for suicide in the general population. Suicide is the second...

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Paryushan

Paryushan

Paryushan, the festival of forgiveness, is an eight-day celebration observed by Jains around the world. The word Paryushan is formed of two parts; ‘Pary’ which means ‘to come together from all directions and ‘ushan’ which means ‘to stay near the real self - the Atma...

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