Indian Culture

Puthandu Vaztukal – Tamil New Year 14 April

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Puthandu marks a new month and start of a year and it is celebrated with a lot of fervour among Tamils and the Thamizh diaspora. People spend time with their families after they clean up the house, take part in prayers and start the day by visiting temples. They eat a lavish spread of delicious preparations in their best traditional clothes. and decorate their homes with beautiful hand-drawn rangolis. It comes after Hindi New Year and Ugadi but coincides with the new year of other traditions in India such as Vishu for people in Kerala, Poila Boishakh in West Bengal, Bihu for those in Assam, Baishakhi in Punjab.  Greetings and statuses in English தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்! – Happy Tamil New Year – Puthandu Vazthukal On this auspicious day of the Tamil New Year, we hope that you and your family …

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Ramadan Kareem! 2021 Iftar and Sehar times: Durban, Gauteng, Cape Town

General Ramadan Prayer times for these regions. during prayer times – Remember, even a few kilometres can change times so use these a general guide and consult your apps or local authority. Sehar Fajr and Iftar Maghrib times are also very location specific. Durban (KZN) Ramadan 2021 almanac RamadanDayApril/MaySeharFajrDhuhrAsrIftarMaghribIsha1Tue134:54AM11:56AM3:12PM5:39PM6:54PM2Wed144:55AM11:56AM3:11PM5:38PM6:53PM3Thu154:55AM11:56AM3:10PM5:37PM6:52PM4Fri164:56AM11:56AM3:10PM5:35PM6:51PM5Sat174:56AM11:55AM3:09PM5:34PM6:50PM6Sun184:57AM11:55AM3:08PM5:33PM6:49PM7Mon194:57AM11:55AM3:07PM5:32PM6:48PM8Tue204:58AM11:55AM3:06PM5:31PM6:47PM9Wed214:58AM11:55AM3:06PM5:30PM6:46PM10Thu224:59AM11:54AM3:05PM5:29PM6:45PM11Fri234:59AM11:54AM3:04PM5:28PM6:44PM12Sat245:00AM11:54AM3:03PM5:27PM6:43PM13Sun255:00AM11:54AM3:03PM5:26PM6:42PM14Mon265:01AM11:54AM3:02PM5:25PM6:41PM15Tue275:02AM11:54AM3:01PM5:24PM6:41PM16Wed285:02AM11:53AM3:01PM5:24PM6:40PM17Thu295:03AM11:53AM3:00PM5:23PM6:39PM18Fri305:03AM11:53AM2:59PM5:22PM6:38PM19Sat15:04AM11:53AM2:58PM5:21PM6:37PM20Sun25:04AM11:53AM2:58PM5:20PM6:37PM21Mon35:05AM11:53AM2:57PM5:19PM6:36PM22Tue45:05AM11:53AM2:57PM5:18PM6:35PM23Wed55:06AM11:53AM2:56PM5:18PM6:35PM24Thu65:06AM11:53AM2:55PM5:17PM6:34PM25Fri75:07AM11:52AM2:55PM5:16PM6:33PM26Sat85:07AM11:52AM2:54PM5:15PM6:33PM27Sun95:08AM11:52AM2:54PM5:15PM6:32PM28Mon105:08AM11:52AM2:53PM5:14PM6:31PM29Tue115:09AM11:52AM2:52PM5:13PM6:31PM30Wed125:09AM11:52AM2:52PM5:13PM6:30PM Johannesburg (Gauteng) Ramadan 2021 almanac RamadanDayAprilMaySeharFajrDhuhrAsrIftarMaghribIsha1Tue135:06AM12:08PM3:26PM5:54PM7:06PM2Wed145:06AM12:08PM3:26PM5:53PM7:05PM3Thu155:07AM12:08PM3:25PM5:52PM7:04PM4Fri165:07AM12:08PM3:24PM5:51PM7:03PM5Sat175:07AM12:07PM3:24PM5:50PM7:02PM6Sun185:08AM12:07PM3:23PM5:49PM7:02PM7Mon195:08AM12:07PM3:22PM5:48PM7:01PM8Tue205:09AM12:07PM3:22PM5:47PM7:00PM9Wed215:09AM12:06PM3:21PM5:46PM6:59PM10Thu225:09AM12:06PM3:20PM5:45PM6:58PM11Fri235:10AM12:06PM3:20PM5:44PM6:58PM12Sat245:10AM12:06PM3:19PM5:43PM6:57PM13Sun255:11AM12:06PM3:18PM5:43PM6:56PM14Mon265:11AM12:06PM3:18PM5:42PM6:55PM15Tue275:12AM12:05PM3:17PM5:41PM6:55PM16Wed285:12AM12:05PM3:17PM5:40PM6:54PM17Thu295:12AM12:05PM3:16PM5:39PM6:53PM18Fri305:13AM12:05PM3:15PM5:39PM6:52PM19Sat15:13AM12:05PM3:15PM5:38PM6:52PM20Sun25:14AM12:05PM3:14PM5:37PM6:51PM21Mon35:14AM12:05PM3:14PM5:36PM6:51PM22Tue45:14AM12:05PM3:13PM5:36PM6:50PM23Wed55:15AM12:05PM3:13PM5:35PM6:49PM24Thu65:15AM12:04PM3:12PM5:34PM6:49PM25Fri75:16AM12:04PM3:12PM5:34PM6:48PM26Sat85:16AM12:04PM3:11PM5:33PM6:48PM27Sun95:17AM12:04PM3:11PM5:32PM6:47PM28Mon105:17AM12:04PM3:10PM5:32PM6:47PM29Tue115:17AM12:04PM3:10PM5:31PM6:46PM30Wed125:18AM12:04PM3:09PM5:31PM6:46PM Cape Town (Western Cape) Ramadan 2021 almanac RamadanDayAprilMaySeharFajrDhuhrAsrIftarMaghribIsha1Tue135:44AM12:47PM3:59PM6:26PM7:44PM2Wed145:45AM12:47PM3:58PM6:24PM7:43PM3Thu155:46AM12:46PM3:57PM6:23PM7:42PM4Fri165:46AM12:46PM3:56PM6:22PM7:40PM5Sat175:47AM12:46PM3:55PM6:21PM7:39PM6Sun185:48AM12:46PM3:54PM6:19PM7:38PM7Mon195:48AM12:45PM3:53PM6:18PM7:37PM8Tue205:49AM12:45PM3:52PM6:17PM7:36PM9Wed215:50AM12:45PM3:51PM6:16PM7:35PM10Thu225:50AM12:45PM3:51PM6:15PM7:34PM11Fri235:51AM12:45PM3:50PM6:14PM7:33PM12Sat245:52AM12:44PM3:49PM6:13PM7:32PM13Sun255:52AM12:44PM3:48PM6:11PM7:31PM14Mon265:53AM12:44PM3:47PM6:10PM7:30PM15Tue275:54AM12:44PM3:46PM6:09PM7:29PM16Wed285:54AM12:44PM3:45PM6:08PM7:28PM17Thu295:55AM12:44PM3:45PM6:07PM7:27PM18Fri305:56AM12:44PM3:44PM6:06PM7:26PM19Sat15:56AM12:43PM3:43PM6:05PM7:25PM20Sun25:57AM12:43PM3:42PM6:04PM7:24PM21Mon35:58AM12:43PM3:41PM6:03PM7:23PM22Tue45:58AM12:43PM3:41PM6:02PM7:23PM23Wed55:59AM12:43PM3:40PM6:01PM7:22PM24Thu66:00AM12:43PM3:39PM6:01PM7:21PM25Fri76:00AM12:43PM3:38PM6:00PM7:20PM26Sat86:01AM12:43PM3:38PM5:59PM7:20PM27Sun96:01AM12:43PM3:37PM5:58PM7:19PM28Mon106:02AM12:43PM3:36PM5:57PM7:18PM29Tue116:03AM12:43PM3:36PM5:56PM7:17PM30Wed126:03AM12:43PM3:35PM5:56PM7:17PM Read: ISLAMIC CALENDAR 2021

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Chiranjeevi & other Telugu stars wish everyone a great Ugadi and year ahead


Several big names of the Tollywood film industry took to Twitter and wished everyone a great year ahead for Ugadi, the Telegu new year. Megastar Chiranjeevi wrote that we are all entering the new year with a zillion hopes. “I sincerely wish that everyone reaps only good this year,” the ‘Acharya’ actor wrote. There are rumours that his film has been postponed to June or July. తెలుగువారందరికీ శ్రీ ప్లవ నామ సంవత్సర ఉగాది శుభాకాంక్షలు. కోటి ఆశలతో కొత్త సంవత్సరంలోకి అడుగుపెడుతున్నాం. అందరికి శుభం సంతోషం కలగాలని కోరుకుంటున్నాను View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chiranjeevi Konidela (@chiranjeevikonidela) Nabha Natesh wished her 2.3m followers a happy Ugadi and frolicked in the early spring sun View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nabha Natesh (@nabhanatesh) Allu Arjun, sharing a Ugadi poster, wished everyone and their families a happy Ugadi. Jr NTR, who …

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Happy Ugadi! Makers of Baahubali release poster for ‘RRR’ for Telugu New Year


The makers of the upcoming magnum opus ‘RRR’ on Tuesday marked the occasion of Ugadi – the Telugu New Year – by sharing an intriguing glimpse from the film. ‘Baahubali’ filmmaker SS Rajamouli who is directing ‘RRR’ took to Instagram and unveiled the new poster of the forthcoming film. The team released a striking visual of celebration and happiness on the festive day of Ugadi, much to the happiness of fans.The picture sees both Ram Charan and Jr NTR amidst a sea of people, who are carrying them in their hands. This visual is a representation of their friendship that will reflect in the filmAlong with the joy-filled poster, Rajamouli extended greetings and wrote, “Here’s wishing you all a prosperous year ahead.” ‘RRR’ will reportedly be a fictional story set in the 1920s pre-independent era and will be based on …

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Treat your loved ones with these 5 sweet vermicelli dishes on Eid-al-Fitr

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Ramadan, also known as Ramazan or Ramzan, begins today! This year, Ramadan begins on April 13 and ends on May 12. During this fast, people have their first meal before the sunrise known as Sehri (also called Suhoor) and the other meal is Iftar, arabic names for the meals is served after sunset. Eid al-Fitr, which comes after the holy month of Ramadan, is also called ‘Meethi Eid‘, and the signature dish of the celebration is sweet vermicelli or ‘Meethi sewai’. The celebration often comprises a wide gamut of sweet delicacies such as sheer khurma, khubani ka meetha, and khalja pheni. Muslims across the world offer their prayers to the almighty and then prepare for a lavish Eid feast featuring scrumptious delicacies and drinks. If you are planning to treat your family members with sweet delicacies, we have got you …

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Chaitra Navratri 2021: the ‘other’ Navratri, and how to celebrate it

Chaitra Navratri - Durga

This is such a special time of the year – as the ancients knew – and therefore we have all these special days celebrated for thousands of years that are linked to the season, the stars and the psychologies of ourselves. Chaitra Navratri, which is a nine-day festival, beginning on the first day of the Hindu calendar, will begin on April 13, 2021, and end on April 22, 2021. Day 1 – 13 April, 2021 – ShailaputriDay 2 – 14 April, 2021 – BrahmachariniDay 3 – 15 April, 2021 – ChandraghantaDay 4 – 16 April, 2021 – KushmandaDay 5 – 17 April, 2021 – SkandamataDay 6 – 18 April, 2021 – KatyayaniDay 7 – 19 April, 2021 – KaalratriDay 8 – 20 April, 2021 – MahagauriDay 9 – 21 April, 2021 – Siddhidhatri The festival, which falls during the Indian …

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7 of the most Beautiful Temples of Mauritius 🇲🇺 🛕

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We can’t all go to Bali, and who knows when travel will revert to normal? Check out the island life just 4 hours out of South Africa. Also how Africa’s oldest democracy is thriving. The history of Hindu temples in Mauritius is amazing – in many instances these were indentured labourers with a dream and they made it happen despite the odds. There is something about these temples, something more than just the location, that makes them so special. Ganga Talao CC-BY-SA-4.0 – 1898 pilgrims trekked to Grand Bassin to collect its water to offer to Lord Shiva on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. The lake was then known as the ‘Pari Talao’. In 1972, some holy water from the Ganges River was mixed establishing a symbolic link with the sacred Indian River and the lake was renamed Ganga Talao. …

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5 hacks to stay strong while fasting during Ramadan


The month of Ramadan will soon be commencing with a spiritual zeal spread among Muslms For them it’s the time of giving to others and trying to be humble in their needs and desires, sometimes fasting during the month can take a toll on one’s body. Below we have tips to stay fit during Ramadan. One may struggle during the initial phase of fasting before the body gets used to the daily routine. With all the changes to the eating and sleeping habits. Staying fit during Ramadan in hot weather can prove to be a task, and even harder for those who adhere to the month-long fast. Some people might engage in planning way ahead in order to stay healthy and hassle-free during this holy fast. One doesn’t have to choose between their physical health and religious observances, you can …

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The Human Computer – Shakuntala Devi: maths genius. complicated mother and LGBT champion

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The human supercomputer not only pushed for the minds of humanity to breach their capacity, but for irrational beliefs and LGBT prejudices to be challenged as well. The words “Shakuntala Devi”, “maths” and “rapid calculation” are synonomous. Be inspired and watch ‘Shakuntala Devi’ (2020) on Amazon Prime. It will inspire you and you’ll put your daughters and sons in front of the screen to watch it. But beware, there was a price to pay for passion and maths genius that you will see in the film. Math genius Shakuntala Devi is a household name today since Vidya Balan decided to step into her rather large shoes. But there’s a less-talked-about side to her that needs more attention. The year was 1977 when in one corner of the world, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Shakuntala Devi successfully extracted the 23rd …

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Kumbh Mela 2021 – largest religious gathering in full swing

Devotees during ganga aarti Uttarakhand, April 04 (ANI): Devotees during Ganga Aarti ahead of the Second Shahi Snan in Kumbh Mela, at Har ki Pauri in Haridwar on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

The British used to fear the spiritual gathering as a source of pride, meaning and potential sedition against their rule and strategies of division. Hindu devotees attend evening prayers on the banks of the Ganges River during the religious Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar, India. Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty Images Tulasi Srinivas, Emerson College Massive crowds are expected to gather at India’s northern city of Haridwar throughout April 2021 for the religious festival of Kumbh Mela, despite the country’s grappling with a COVID-19 surge. The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage held every 12 years at sacred tirthas, or river-ford sites, along the Ganges River in India. This year the government expects over a million pilgrims a day to bathe in the sacred river. Over 5 million people are expected per day on the most auspicious days – April 12, …

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