It's being held in Allahabad, at the confluence of Hinduism's holy rivers: the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati. The location of the festival is said to be one of four sites in India where drops of the essence of immortality were spilled from an urn being fought over by gods and demons. … [Read more...] about Hindus get Kumbh Mela religious festival under way
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What do the different dates of Diwali mean? DAY ONE: Dhanteras 'Dhan' means wealth - and this day is dedicated to celebrating prosperity. On this day, images of goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune, are worshipped. Fortune does not just mean wealth, it refers to general well-being and prosperity as well as money and material valuables. On this day, homes and businesses are thoroughly cleaned, and small clay oil lamps are dotted around the home to mark the beginning of the festival. DAY TWO: Naraka Chaturdasi or Chhoti Diwali Known as 'small Diwali', this day marks the slaying of demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna, who then rescused 16,000 captive princesses. The day and its rituals are interpreted as ways to liberate any souls from their suffering in "Naraka", or hell, as well as a reminder of spiritual auspiciousness. In parts of India, the day is also called 'Kali Chaudas', and idols of the goddess Kali are worshipped. DAY THREE: Diwali and Laksmi Puja The … [Read more...] about Diwali 2018 – Here’s why Hindus celebrate the festival of lights and the origins of the day
It is a celebration of any type of brother-sister relationship, like cousins and close friends, and is often used as a day to honour military personnel by calling them “the nation’s brothers.” … [Read more...] about Raksha Bandhan 2018 – when is the Indian festival, how is it celebrated and what is its meaning?
One Mr Gareddu disagreed. He claimed that those five weeks were required for the observances of his Sardinian Catholicism, and therefore that the refusal of his employer, London Underground Limited, to grant them amounted to indirect religious discrimination. Specifically, he said, there were numerous religious festivals taking place in Sardinia over that period which he (a) had to; and (b) always did, attend. Extracting details of those festivals from Mr Gareddu was not as easy as one might have hoped for someone whose case depended on them, but eventually he produced a list of 17 events over that window which he said explained why religious observance required him to be in Sardinia with his family for an extended period at the height of the holiday season. … [Read more...] about UK Labor: Five Week Summer Break Not Religious Observance, Surprisingly
“It is completely inappropriate for our nation’s President to derisively curse at the God of the Christian faith, who is deeply worshipped not only by a majority of Filipinos but also by a vast number of people from all over the world,” the council said in a statement. … [Read more...] about Duterte Tells Philippines: Your God Is a ‘Stupid Son of a B*tch’