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]
Associated Press Published 1:17 PM EDT Oct 19, 2018 New Delhi – A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday, killing at least 50 people and injuring dozens more, a Congress party leader said. The train failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state, said the politician, Pratap Singh Bajwa. Amrinder Singh, the state’s top elected official, told reporters that he had reports of 50 to 60 people dead. Thirty bodies had been removed from the site by Friday evening. A witness said the train didn’t even sound its whistle as it sped past the site, where hundreds were watching the burning of an effigy of demon Ravana during the Hindu festival of Dussehra. “Why did authorities allow the fireworks display so close to the railroad track,’” he asked. He told the Republic television channel that he lost two brothers. Another witness said the victims … [Read more...] about Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 50 dead
News / World by Press Association 19/10/2018, 4:54 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India, killing at least 50 people. Pratap Singh Bajwa, a Congress Party leader, said the victims crowded the rail track on Friday on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state. He said they did not see the train, which failed to stop after the accident. Hundreds of people were busy watching the burning of an effigy of demon Ravana during the Hindu festival of Dussehra when the train struck, he said. Following the accident, a large number of villagers rushed to the site and condemned railway authorities for not taking precautions in view of the festival. While accidents are relatively common on India’s sprawling rail network, Friday’s was among India’s deadliest in recent years. In 2016, 146 people were killed when a … [Read more...] about Scores die in Indian railway tragedy while watching festival fireworks
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