HINDUS in Malaysia will celebrate Deepavali on Oct 22 based on the Hindu almanac, said the Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS). Its vice-president, Dr Rupa Saminathan, said the auspicious festival fell on the waning phase of the moon and the date was calculated following the Hindu and astrological almanac. She said confusion arose on the date because the normal calendar stated that the Festival of Lights would be on Oct 23. According to her, certain states in India are observing Oct 23 as the day based on their calculation while Tamil Nadu is using Oct 22. “India is a big country and we follow the date observed by South India. “We will celebrate on Oct 22 because of the significance of having the oil bath (Ganga Snanam) on that day. “We cannot celebrate the following day because the auspicious period would have passed by then,” said Dr Rupa, who was presenting a talk on the significance of Deepavali, Hindu culture and beliefs for The Star journalists in Menara Star in Petaling Jaya. Also present was MHS secretary general K. Ganesh Babu Rao. Dr Rupa urged Hindus to be vegetarian on the day. She said revellers should wear new and colourful clothing and should avoid wearing black. Star Publications (M) Bhd group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai said the talk was part of the company’s commitment to educate and inform employees on the cultures and tradition of the various faiths prior to major festivals. “The little things matter and we must be especially mindful of them when they concern religious or cultural matters,” he added.
Posted on: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:01:42 +0000
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