Festival of India

Ramadan Fasting and Penance Strengthen the Soul

Ramadan Fasting and Penance Strengthen the Soul

A feature common to most religions, worldwide, is the practice of undertaking periodic fasts. Saum or fasts are an integral part of Islam. For Hindus, fasts are a form and part of prayer and worship and the word upvas means “being near God“. The concept of asan or fasting takes different forms in Jainism. Followers of Buddhism too observe fasts …

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Diwali Celebration

Diwali the Festival of Lights

India is a land of festivals. Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Jains, Sikh, Jews, Parsis and many others of different faiths and traditions celebrate various kinds of festivals during the year. There are a few festivals which are celebrated by all. Diwali is one among them. Hindus wherever they have settled in the world celebrate a number of festivals during …

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Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima It is the divine time of year when we celebrate Guru Purnima, the day in which we offer our thanks, love and devotion to the Guru. The Guru Gita says that the Guru is Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Verily, the Guru is the Supreme Brahman itself. But what is a “guru” in practical terms? While in the West, …

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Diwali Celebration

Diwali Celebration

Greetings, on the occasion of Diwali, the most popular and widely celebrated festival in the Hindu world. We are grateful, once again, for the historic opportunity to celebrate Diwali in the White House with friends’ and family, and we express our gratitude to President George W. Bush and his administration for this joyful honor. Our heartiest congratulations and best wishes …

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