Hinduism

Parliament Celebrates Diwali

October 23, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5983_1528249,004300140005.htm

On October 23, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "Last Thursday, the festival of lights [Diwali] was celebrated in the Canadian Parliament where the prime minister, Paul Martin, and the Leader of the Opposition, Stephen Harper, joined the Indians on the joyous occasion.

In this sixth edition of this festival in the nation's Parliament, more than 300 people,...

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British House of Commons Hosts Diwali Celebration

October 22, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5983_1526751,00430005.htm

On October 22, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "Diwali celebration at Parliament House has now become an annual feature, much looked forward to be both by the Indian community and ministers, Peers and MPs. This time too on October 27, the Hindu Forum of Britain and 11 British Parliamentarians will co-host the fourth annual Diwali reception at the House of Commons on October...

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Third Public Hearing to be Held for Proposed Hindu Temple

October 21, 2005

Source: Daily Record

http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051021/NEWS01/510210320/1005

On October 21, 2005 the Daily Record reported, "A third public hearing will be held on Dec. 14 for a proposed Hindu temple in an industrial park -- a plan that has riled many in the nearby Lake Parsippany neighborhood. Board of adjustment chairman Robert Iracane said on Thursday that he doubted that three hearings would be enough to...

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Observing Annual Fast Day Presents Challenges for American Hindu Women

October 20, 2005

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

http://www.jsonline.com/lifestyle/religion/oct05/364668.asp

On October 20, 2005 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, "As a wife, mother, accountant and active school volunteer, [Sangeeta Sarraf, a Hindu-American] is busy. But Thursday was unique: She observed her 23rd Karwa Chauth, a Hindu religious day in which married women fast for their husbands.

If Sarraf had been in her native India, she would have joined...

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Toronto to Celebrate Diwali

October 20, 2005

Source: press release

On October 20, 2005 a press release reported, "The south Asian community is joining together and hosting the very first Divali Nagar in Toronto, Canada. This is in celebration of Divali which will be celebrated worldwide on Tuesday, November 1. This Divali Nagar (city of Divali, which is a large exhibition area) will showcase Hindu Parampara (Hindu traditions) with displays and exhibits of Hinduism. This will be a two day event held on October 28 and 29 at the Toronto Congress Center and will feature performers from Punjab, India, South and...

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Ministry of Defense Appoints First Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist Chaplains

October 18, 2005

Source: Ministry of Defence press release

http://news.mod.uk/news/press/news_press_notice.asp?newsItem_id=3652

On October 18, 2005 a Ministry of Defence press release reported, "The first Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh chaplains to the Armed Forces have been appointed, the Under Secretary of State for Defence, Don Touhig announced today. The appointments reflect the diverse nature of personnel serving in the Armed Forces and represent the largest of...

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Hindus Urge Government to Grant Diwali Bank Holiday

October 18, 2005

Source: The Times of India

Wire Service: PTI

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1266099.cms

On October 18, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "Hindus in the UK have urged the government to grant a bank holiday on Diwali, as the festival of lights was celebrated in the British capital with much fanfare. 'It is now time for us to ask the Government to grant a Diwali Bank Holiday,' Anil Bhanot of the Hindu Council...

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Religious Makeup Shifts with Growing Number of Pagans, Immigrant Religious Traditions

October 16, 2005

Source: The Age

On October 16, 2005 The Age reported, "[Caroline] Tully [a witch in Melbourne] is part of an Australian trend in which witches and charismatic Christians are leading religious growth. Many women are turning to witchcraft or paganism as a reaction to the patriarchal nature of traditional Christianity. Academic Dr Philip Hughes, of the Christian Research Association, told a Melbourne seminar on spirituality that 'nature' religions rose by 140 per cent between 1996 and 2001. Agnostics are on the rise, too. For many, the nature religions were...

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Tour Guides Educated About Country’s Religious Diversity

October 16, 2005

Source: Bernama

http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news.php?id=160815

On October 16, 2005 Bernama reported, "When was the first Thaipusam festival held at Batu Caves? When were the steps into the temple -- perched high up in the limestone caves -- built? Who built the Hindu place of worship that yearly attracts millions of devotees and tourists from the world over? The answers to these and other questions are facts that the 7,000 or so tourist guides in the...

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Indian Students Celebrate Navaratri in the Heart of London

October 15, 2005

Source: Deccan Herald

http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/oct152005/national20191220051014.asp

On October 15, 2005 the Deccan Herald reported, "It was as if time stood still. Mirror-worked ghaghras in bright shades of orange, blue and purple twirled in the air as young girls danced to the tune of Mehndi Tevavi, the traditional Gujarati garbha number. Bandhni prints, rich embroidery work with Indian motifs, huge posters of Indian Gods and...

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UK Hindu Council Urges Temples to Provide Quake Relief

October 14, 2005

Source: Rediff

Wire Service: PTI

http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/oct/14quake6.htm

On October 14, 2005 the Press Trust of India reported, "The Hindu Council in the United Kingdom has appealed to all Hindu temples and organisations in Britain to reach out to victims of the South Asian earthquake to help alleviate their suffering.

'We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families of those who have lost their loved ones in this terrible...

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