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Thai Poosam Flag Hoisting

English meaning of the festival Thai refers to the tenth month in the Tamil calendar, and Poosam refers to the Pushya star. Thai Poosam is a combination of the name of the month and the name of a star. Kavady is a pole slung across the shoulder to evenly distribute the weight [...]

By |2021-12-20T13:04:42+00:00December 20th, 2021|

Arudra Dharisanam

English meaning of the festival Arudra Dharisanam is dedicated to the Nataraja form of Lord Shiva. Arudra or Thiruvathirai refers to the nakshatra or star that prevails. Thiruvathirai means the 'big sacred wave' that resulted in the formation of the universe/creation, and devotees celebrate the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, i.e., the [...]

By |2021-12-20T03:47:28+00:00November 16th, 2021|

Deepavali/ Diwali Dates 2021

March 5, 2021 The festival of Deepavali/Diwali in 2021 is celebrated on 4 November for both North and South Hindus. The other significant dates for Deepavali/ Diwali are: Dhan Trayodasi - 2nd November 2021 Narak Chaturdasi- 3rd November 2021 Gujarati New Year – 5th November 2021 Best wishes to you and your [...]

By |2021-11-02T11:34:25+00:00November 2nd, 2021|

Kethara Gowri Nombu

English meaning of the festival Kethara (or Kedara) refers to Lord Shiva and Gowri refers to Mother Parvati (Shakti). The festival is Kethara Gowri Nombu since Mother Parvati (Gowri) observed a special vrat (fast) to Lord Shiva. The Lord pleased by her austerities, gave the left part of his body to Parvati [...]

By |2021-10-25T05:17:14+00:00October 25th, 2021|


(Pictured above) Zinhle Ngcobo (P&D Committee member), Roshan Jainath (P&D Convener), Abhir Dayaram (SAHMS), Zandile Nguse (resident), Arnotte Payne (Slum Dwellers International), Ranjiv Nirgun (Midlands Hindu Society) The unfortunate incidents of July 2021 resulted in the destruction of shelter of families living in the Khan Road informal settlement, Raisthorpe in Pietermaritzburg. There [...]

By |2021-10-18T07:42:36+00:00October 18th, 2021|
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