THE moon has a vital role to play in the holy month - which won't begin until a new crescent is sighted. This means millions of Muslims will be keeping an eye out on the all-important lunar change. Here's the low-down. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Muslims observe Ramadan by a month of fasting and religious devotion, which commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating. Instead, meals include an early morning suhur, between 2.30am and 3am, and an evening iftar is enjoyed around 9pm-9.30pm. Muslims also read as much of the Koran as they can during the holy month, and are encouraged to observe five prayers every day. Often, people will donate large sums of money to charity during Ramadan … [Read more...] about How is Ramadan 2019 announced and why is the religious festival dependent on the moon?
Religious festivals 2018
Share Tweet Plus One Pin It Email Print By: nitish kashyap December 19, 2018 10:56 am Change Font Size The Bombay High Court has issued landmark directions to Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) for ensuring that the river Godavari remains pollution-free. The Godavari, the second largest river in India, is also known as Dakshin Ganga (the Ganges of the South) is the main source of water supply to Nashik. A division bench of Justice AS Oka and Justice AK Menon passed several directions while hearing petitions filed by residents of Nashik seeking directions to the NMC and others for cleaning the polluted river. The bench quoted India’s first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru who said about river Ganga and said- What Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru once said about Ganges equally applies to Godavari. He said thus: “The Ganga, especially, is the river of India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, … [Read more...] about Ensure No Pollution Is Caused Due To Immersion Of Idols And Religious Festivals, Duty Of Every Citizen To Keep Rivers Pollution-Free: Bombay HC [Read Judgment]
The event also drew the participation of many local people, cultural researchers, domestic and foreign visitors. During the festival, the Cham people pay tribute to their ancestors, pray for favorable weather and prosperity, and showcase their cultural values. Diverse activities such as singing, dancing, drama, and traditional contests are held. In 2017, the festival was recognized as national intangible cultural festival. Following are photos about the festival:A performance in honour of the Po Inu Nugar Goddess in Ninh Phuoc district, Ninh Thuan province.Religious dignitaries perform rituals to pray for favourable weather at Po Klong Garai Tower. Cham people in Ninh Thuan province prepare offerings to the gods at the Kate Festival. Foreign tourists learn about the traditions of the Cham people at Po Klong Garai Tower. The attire and belongings of the Po Inu Nugar Goddess are carried to Po Klong Garai Tower for a traditional ritual. Cham people bring their offerings to the Po … [Read more...] about Cham ethnic people celebrate Kate Festival 2018
MORE than 15million people around the world adhere to Judaism, an ancient religion spanning over 3,000 years. But how do observers celebrate the Hebrew calendar? From Lag BaOmer to Purim, here's the rundown of the major Jewish festivals for the coming year. What are the major Jewish festivals? There are numerous Jewish festivals, but only five of them allow observers to miss work. Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot are viewed as the most important festivals in Judaism, where observers are forbidden from labour. Work is permitted on two minor holidays, Purim and Hanukkah. But there are others too, dotted throughout the Hebrew year. Here's the background to the festivals, and how they're celebrated. Shabbat - The Sabbath Shabbat means seventh, and comes at the end of the Jewish week every Saturday. The weekly festival is so central to Jewish life that the term shomer Shabbat (Shabbat observer) is synonymous with religious Jews. The day of rest begins on Friday at … [Read more...] about Jewish festivals 2018-2019 – from Shavuot and Purim to Yom Kippur, here are all the special dates for the Hebrew Year
IT'S always good to know when they bank holidays are each year so you can plan ahead. To help your diary fill up with long weekends away we have pulled together all of 2018's bank holidays in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. When are the bank holiday dates for 2018? Across the UK there are 14 days up for grabs as holidays, these are: Nationwide, New Year's Day, January 1 - a Monday Scotland, January 2 - a Tuesday Northern Ireland, St Patrick's Day, March 17 - a Saturday Northern Ireland, Substitute day for St Patrick's Day, March 19 - a Monday Nationwide, Good Friday, March 30 - a Friday England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Easter Monday, April 2 - a Monday Nationwide, May Day, May 7 - a Monday Nationwide, Spring Bank Holiday, May 28 - a Monday Northern Ireland, Battle of the Boyne, July 12 - a Thursday Scotland, August Bank Holiday, August 6 - a Monday England, Wales, Northern Ireland, August Bank Holiday, August 27 - a Monday Scotland, St Andrew's Day, November 30 - … [Read more...] about What are the UK bank holiday dates 2018? Public holidays and long weekends for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland