If you missed the Spirit Of Bolton show on Bolton FM on Sunday 23.02.2014 listen again. Priya from The Bolton Hindu Forum was a special guest introducing herself as Project Development Officer and talking about up-coming Hindu Festivals Holi and Ram Navami.
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HOLI 17th March 2014
Holi is the Hindu festival of colour that welcomes the Spring Festival. It marks the arrival of spring, the session of hope, joy and new life. The gloom of the winter goes as Holi promises of bright summer days. Nature too, it seems rejoices at the arrival of Holi and wears its best clothes.
Fields get filled with crops promising a good harvest to the famers and flowers bloom colouring the surrounding and filling the fragrance in the air.
Everyone gets delighted at the arrival of the Holi which is celebrated in March.
Holi is the most energetic Indian festival, filled with fun and good humour; celebrated by all people despite their religion or creed.
Holi is also called ‘The Festival of Colours’, and people celebrate the festival by throwing coloured powder to each other, dancing, and singing.
Holi is seen by some as the Hindu festival that is nearest in spirit to St. Valentine’s Day.
Holi also celebrates Krishna, and the legend of Holika and Prahalad to purify the air of evil spirit.
During the evening of the full moon, bonfires are lit in the streets and food offerings are roasted.
It is said the spirit of Holi encourages the feeling of brotherhood in society and even the enemies turn friend on this day. People of all communities and even religions participate in this joyous and colouful festival and strenthen the secular fabric of the nation.
Dassera marks the end of Navratri the 10th day Celebrated with great devotional energy as it marks the end of scorching summer and the start of winter season.
A popular festival celebrated people all over the world. Also known as Vijayadashmi (‘Vijay’ meaning ‘Victory’ and ‘Dashmi meaning tenth day), It is believed Lord Rama killed the demon-king, Ravana and rescued his wife – Sita In the northern India, huge figures of Ravana, his giant brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnath are burned whilst people burn the evil within them, and thus follow the path of truth and goodness. We must remember that Ravana, who despite all his might and majesty was destroyed for his evil ways.
Bengalis celebrate by marking the end of Durga Pooja
(Mother Goddess Shakti) manifestation of the divine energies of the Holy Trinity – Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
She killed the mighty demon Mahishasura and freed the world from his terror in the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The day is considered auspicious for starting education or any form of art, such as dance and music. Puja is done for Goddess Saraswati.
Although Dussehra is celebrated in different ways across India, the motive remains the same – to spread good cheer and celebrate the victory of good over the evil.
(Oh Goddess, bless us with good fortune, good health, good looks, success and fame. salvation from the cycle of life and death)
I salute you again and again. Om Shanti
The Sharad Purnima or Kojaagari Purnima or Kumar Purnima is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin (September–October). It marks the end of monsoon. There is a traditional celebration of the moon and is also called the ‘Kaumudi celebration’, Kaumudi meaning moonlight. At night, goddess Lakshmi is worshiped and night vigil is observed. According to a folk-tale, once a king fell on evil days, and was in great financial straits, but then his queen observed this fast and night vigil, and worshiped the goddess of wealth, Laxmi. Consequently, the goddess blessed them and they regained their prosperity. On this night, Lord Krishna invited His faithful devotees, the Gopis of Vrundavan, to play the Maha Raas (traditional folk-dance) with Him. It is also believed that on this day as moon and the earth are very close to each other, the moon rays have certain healing properties of nourishing the body and the soul.