Diwali 2020 South Africa

Diwali Festival of Light Cancelled in Zimbabwe

The Hindoo Society Harare (HSH) has cancelled celebrations of the upcoming religious festivals of Navratri, Sharad Poonam, Diwali and Bestu Varsh. This comes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted negatively on global events and the in the best interests of the safety and well-being of the Zimbabwean Hindu community. 

Hindu temples begin to re-open amid the lockdown in Zimbabwe

Two Hindu temples in Harare, run by HSH, which had been closed for few months due to Covid-19, opened again on September 26 with various protocols. The temperature of each person entering the premises of the Hindoo Society will be taken and hands will be sanitized at the entrance. Individuals with a temperature not in the permissible range (36.1 °C to 37.2 °C) will be denied entry, an announcement of HSH Executive Committee stated at their opening. 

Wearing of masks is compulsory and visitors will be required to give their names and contact numbers at the entrance and abide by the tape demarcations to observe social distancing (minimum two meters) within the temple. Any person refusing to follow the procedures will be required to leave the premises, the announcement added. 

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Ridgeview Shree Omkar Mandir will be open daily from 06:00 am 07:30 pm, while Cameron Street Shree Omkar Mandir will be open daily from 07:30 am to noon. Mandir (Temple) will be disinfected daily by a professional company, per the announcement. 

Commending HSH for attempting necessary precautions and actions to combat deadly coronavirus and educating the community, Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged Hindus to draw closer to God through prayer during Covid-19. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, suggested Hindus pray at least twice daily in their home shrines with total devotion and pure heart. These prayers might include making offerings to ista-devata, chanting mantras, reading sacred texts, performing aarti and bhajans, doing puja, etc. 

Hindus are God’s people, full of courage and generosity. Petition God for the common good of all the local and world communities during these times of confusion and suffering, Rajan Zed says. 

Cameron Street Shree Omkar Mandir celebrated 90th anniversary in February 2019, while 25th anniversary of Ridgeview Shree Omkar Mandir was observed in 2017. HSH “intends to publish a written record” of the hundred years of “community’s existence in Zimbabwe”. 

In the pre-COVID-19 times, HSH reportedly had been conducting various bhajan events, twice-weekly yoga classes, Hindi lessons, cultural/social activities; organized daily aarti at both the temples with Havan on Sundays; and offered funeral assistance for bereaved families; etc.; besides running Mahila Mandal, Shishu Mandal and Yuvak Mandal. HSH has also been running various schools—Westridge High School, Westridge Primary School, Gujarati School. 

Apple store India special Diwali shopping offer

In celebration of the launch of the online Apple store in India the tech giant has a special offer for Indian consumers. Apple has announced that it will be offering free Apple AirPods with the purchase of the iPhone 11. 

A notification update on the Apple Store read, “Get AirPods when you buy an iPhone 11. Our Diwali offer begins 17.10.20.” The company has confirmed that the iPhone 11 buyers will get a free Apple AirPods and the offer is set to begin on October 17. However, the company has also clearly mentioned that the offer is applicable subject to availability.

Diwali the Festival of Light will be observed globally on 14 November 2020, for more Diwali shopping, Indian fairs and special offers for the Hindu Festival of light, tap here

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