Sunday, 21 April, 2019

Culture

GOLD – Cultural, dowry, fashion or investment?

    “What is GOLD bought for in this day and age?” Gold is deeply entangled and interwoven with the Indian culture and no custom is complete without gold jewellery, be it marriages or any other ceremony. Marriages are costly affairs in Indian homes where many families spend more than two years’ income on the wedding of a single daughter. ... Read More »

Ekadasi

  “the Eleventh” EKADASI FASTING IS DEDICATED to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of the waning and waxing phase of the moon in a traditional Hindu calendar. This is one of the most popular fasts observed in Hinduism. On this day, devotees fast and pay special attention to their connection with the Divine – through meditation, ... Read More »

GOPIO

  The key to the success of the annual international convention of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) in Durban this year is that it contributes to the process of nation building in South Africa. And there is every indication that it is going to do just that, according to Professor Dasarath Chetty, Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Corporate Relations at ... Read More »

7 colours of Chakra

  There are seven main energy centres (chakras) of the body. These chakras are like spirals of energy, each one relating to the others.. Colour therapy can be shown to help on a physical level; however there are deeper issues around the colours on the psychological and spiritual levels. Colour has a profound effect on us on all levels, physical, ... Read More »

Hurdee

Even though customs and the people’s languages in different countries vary, Hindu followers still maintain the same fundamental beliefs. Marriage is regarded as the most important social and religious event in Indian culture. The concept of marriage can be traced back to Vedic times. Even now, it is considered to be the most sacred and vital affair in one’s life. ... Read More »

Nose Ring

Wearing nose rings is an ancient practice with a 4000 year history. Nose rings, although closely associated with Indian culture, actually originated in the Middle East. Nose rings first appeared in India during the Moghul period around the 16th century. It’s only been in the last two decades that nose piercing has gained mainstream popularity in western culture. Nose rings ... Read More »

Hawan

AhaWan is a sacred purifying ritual in Hinduism that involves a fire ceremony. It is a ritual of sacrifice made to the fire God (Agni) consisting of prayer, chanting and offerings. It is believed that this sacrifice brings health, happiness, luck and prosperity. Such hawans are held at weddings and many other ceremonial occassions. Hawans may be held to bless ... Read More »

Hawan

  A haWan is a sacred purifying ritual in Hinduism that involves a fire ceremony. It is a ritual of sacrifice made to the fire God (Agni) consisting of prayer, chanting and offerings. It is believed that this sacrifice brings health, happiness, luck and prosperity. Such hawans are held at weddings and many other ceremonial occassions. Hawans may be held ... Read More »

Ahmed Kathrada

On 15 April 2009, the 80th birthday of Mr Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada was celebrated with great pomp and prestige at the Trade Route Mall, in Johannesburg. The occasion also marked the introduction of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation that was established to promote the ideals that Mr Kathrada as well as the other struggle veterans stood for. It was officiated by ... Read More »

Purattasi

Amongst South African Telegu/Tamils this month-long festival is the most important one dedicated to LORD VISHNU who takes on the form of LORD PERUMAL. This year Purattasi is observed from 17 September to 17 October. I personally don’t know why South Indians only observe this month. We should stop this segregation and every Hindu, should observe this very important month ... Read More »

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