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University Academy Keighley in England recently observed ‘Hinduism Day’ to understand its customs and traditions

Dancing with wooden sticks and dressing up were highlights of the Hinduism day at University Academy Keighley

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Keighley, Aug 14, 2016: University Academy Keighley (UAK), a mixed secondary school in Utley (England) recently organised a special day event to understand and learn about Hinduism and its customs and traditions and the program concluded with folk dancing.

The youngsters met a practising Hindu, Krishna Dasi who explained about Hindu customs, traditions and deities to the students. Students were dressed up in traditional Hindu clothing and took part in dances and traditional greetings to show their respect for each other.

There was also an open quiz session where students asked questions and discussed other religions. A question-answer session was also held for better learning and understanding of Hinduism, suggested a news portal.

A spokesman said, “The students found the role play very exciting and lots of fun, and learned a lot about the Hindu faith and culture, mentioned India Live Today report.

“The most memorable moment of the day was the dancing, especially performing the Dandiya Raas where students used decorated wooden sticks to emphasise the rhythm.

“After one or two false starts everyone got the hang of it and had a lot of fun trying to remember which way round to spin and keeping time by beating the sticks together.”

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In a statement, American Hindu religious leader Rajan Zed in Nevada (USA) today, described it as a step in the positive direction. He emphasised the need of organising Hinduism Day in all the secondary schools of the United Kingdom (UK), where children could learn about basic concepts, symbols, art, music and traditions of Hinduism, reported India Live Today.

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Krishna Dasi, Image via uak.org.uk

In a statement, American Hindu religious leader Rajan Zed in Nevada (USA) today, described it as a step in the positive direction. He emphasised the need of organising Hinduism Day in all the secondary schools of the United Kingdom (UK), where children could learn about basic concepts, symbols, art, music and traditions of Hinduism, reported India Live Today.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that awareness about other religions can be created by organising such days; as it will make the UK pupils well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlighten citizens of tomorrow. Moreover, students should have the knowledge of the entire society so that they can gel well with others, added Zed.

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UAK, which aims to “promote the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of all students”, is a mixed secondary school sponsored by University of Bradford and City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Nadira Mirza is the Chair of Governors, while Bernie Addison is the Interim Principal. Rajan Zed also urged the school authorities to declare Hindu festival, Diwali as a school holiday.

– prepared by Yajush Gupta of NewsGram. Twitter: yajush_gupta

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Hindu Temple in Aldenham (UK) Hosts Global Visitors for Largest ‘Hare-Krishna’ celebrations in the world

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Janmashtami is the Hindu festival which celebrates Lord Krishna's Birth
  • Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple is located in Aldenham, England
  • The temple hosted the celebrations for Hindu Festival Janmashtami
  • It was able to attract 60,000 global visitors

England, August 17, 2017: The Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Temple, situated in England’s Aldenham, has hosted one of the largest ‘Hare-Krishna’ celebrations in the world.

Attracting a crowd of over 60,000 global visitors, the religious festival of Janmashtami was organized by the temple.

Janmashtami is a religious festival of Hindus that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. Visitors from across the world had come to saw the religious gathering. The visitors get to witness the Hindu traditions and festivities, explore the temple and learn about Hindu rituals.

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The Temple has hosted the biggest celebration outside of India. For the smooth running of the program and fun, more than 1500 volunteers are participating in the grand event.

For children, there will be many activities to keep them engaged on the auspicious day. Activites are planned such as henna, face painting, games, arts, and crafts. Additionally, vegetarian food will be provided to the visitors absolutely free of cost.

Sutapa Das, the local Monk, said to Borehamwood Times, “The festivities communicate the culture and teachings of ancient India in an extremely contemporary way.”

He also said that the fact that thousands of people coming from all over the world, all for one divine truth and purpose, will establish an energy of positivity. This will further inspire all the new guests who want to explore.

Srutidharma Das, the President of the temple, explained that since Janmashtami is one of the biggest religious festivals for Hindus, the festival is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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Birmingham Pragati Mandal: A Local Hindu Charity in UK Raises more than £3K for St. Mary’s Hospice

The vibrant evening included Indian traditional cuisines as well as Bollywood and Dance performances by Melody Express of London

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The members of Birmingham Pragati Mandal. Twitter
  • Birmingham Pragati Mandal is a local Hindu Charity in the city
  • The Hindu Charity hosted an event at Shree Krishna Temple in Sparkbrook
  • Through the event, Pragati Mandal raised a staggering £3,200 for the Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice

Birmingham (UK), August 16, 2017: Birmingham’s local Hindu Charity is known as the Birmingham Pragati Mandal. On Tuesday, the 15th August 2017, the Pragati Mandal organized a ‘Dinner and Dance’ event to raise funds crucial for the health of terminally ill families.

The event was hosted by the Hindu Charity at the Shree Krishna Temple in Sparkbrook. A total of 225 guests made it to the event to fund for the families that suffer a terminal illness.

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The vibrant evening included Indian traditional cuisines as well as Bollywood and Dance performances by Melody Express of London.

The Pragati Mandal was able to raise funds over £3,200 which will be donated to Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice. The Hospice in Birmingham offers expert life care.

The volunteer ambassador of St. Mary’s Hospice, Polly Patel, stated that the evening was fantastic and it was impressive to see Pragati Manda’s efforts of bringing together so many people for a wonderful charity. The generosity of the people was acknowledged. He also mentioned that they money raised is expected to help around 1200 individuals and families across the city.

The CEO of the Birmingham Pragati Mandal, Raman Bulsara, also noted how the Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice runs on donations and charity for its “reliable services.”

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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Children’s Commissioner for England Warns against Overuse of Social Media among Children

Last year, industry watchdog Ofcom said the internet overtook television as the most popular media pastime for children in the UK.

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Social media use among children is on the rise. Wikimedia

August 08, 2017: Parents must intervene to stop their children over using social media and consuming time online “like junk food”, according to a top official.

In an interview on Saturday, Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield slammed the ways social media giants use to draw children into spending more time.

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She said parents should be proactive in stopping their children from bingeing on the internet in the summer holidays.

“It’s something that every parent will talk about especially during school holidays; that children are in danger of seeing social media like sweeties, and their online time like junk food,” the BBC quoted Longfield as saying in the interview.

“None of us as parents would want our children to eat junk food all the time.

“For those same reasons, we shouldn’t want our children to do the same with their online time.”

Last year, industry watchdog Ofcom said the internet overtook television as the most popular media pastime for children in the UK.

Children aged five to 15 are spending 15 hours a week on the internet, reports the BBC.

A study earlier this year of screen time and mental well-being among teenagers suggested that moderate use of devices may be beneficial.

The research, which appeared in the journal Psychological Science, was based self-reported data from 120,000 15-year-olds in England. (IANS)