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  • Hindu Katha festival is a religious festival scheduled to be held from July 26 to August 2
  • The festival is encouraging the adoption of grandparents by younger people
  • It is going to be one of its kind festival in Leicester, England

Hindu Katha festival is nothing unheard of but there are more than one reasons that make this festival an interesting one. Taking place in Leicester, England and starting from July 26 to August 2, the 8-day festival is a religious event which will welcome the saint his Holiness Shri Rameshbhai Oza, who is popularly known as Bhaishri and is a living saint and scholar. He will read excerpts from the Bhagavad Gita and enlighten people who will be attending the festival.


Shri Rameshbhai Ozra. Image Source : totalbhakti.in


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Another reason, that makes this festival an interesting one is that the young people will be encouraged to look after the elder people and will also get the opportunity to adopt a grandparent. While adopting children is nothing uncommon, but adopting grandparents truly are. Inculcation of this system will encourage the mingling of the younger generation with the elderly. Indian culture has always taught one to respect the elders of the family and otherwise. This value will be instilled in the younger people if they develop a bond with the elder people who will be attending the event.


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The organisers hope that the bond that will be formed between the two generations and individuals will not remain within the confines of the Katha festival only, reported leicestermercury.co.uk. They are hopeful that the younger individuals would visit the lonely old grandparents that they had adopted during the festival even after the fest is over. It is their dream that these young ones will continue to strengthen their bonds by visiting them in their care homes.

Dipak Lakhani, one of the sponsors of the recital, said to leicestermercury.co.uk, “The youth will also benefit from potentially developing and establishing a long-standing bond with them. “We hope that the youth continues to meet these individuals in their care homes and spend time with as they would after the eight-day Katha.”

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Mahesh Thakrar, one of the organisers added, “We are all ecstatic; this is going to be a legendary Katha leaving a mark of love and spirituality into all our lives. We are honoured to be volunteers for this Katha by helping to sponsor it along with other businesses, too.”

– prepared by Atreyee Sengupta, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter : Etrui14

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