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Naujawaan Utsav: In aid of suicide prevention campaign

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Guyana: In the current scenario when a number of youth suicides have been reported, The Dharmic Naujawaan(DNJ), the central youth arm of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha(GHDS) has stepped forward to host a “Naujawaan Utsav” (youth festival) on Saturday Feb 20, 2016 as part of fundraising and awareness activities for suicide prevention campaign.

Youth from all across Guyana would experience a night full of cultural activities like singing, dancing and drama.

The Dharmic Naujawaan, revived on October 1, empowers the youth to contribute towards the development of Guyana. It provides a platform for young hearts to share their views, develop ideas, become aware of social issues, be creative though various cultural and social activities.

The DNJ, being the central role in GHDS, has spread his arms to involve other branches across the county to participate in this event. Through the event, they wish to help the youth develop interpersonal, public speaking, artistic and other important social skills.

“These skills are vital in transforming the participating youths, to formulate a positive attitude and gain invaluable experiences which they can then take and share with their respective communities across the country,” the Naujawan said in a statement.

DNJ has been busy working with GHDS and social work professionals this year on various suicide attempts held in Berbice and Essequibo.

Debates have been organized by the DNJ in Berbice among students along with charity drives, medical outreaches, community workshops, blood drives and youth conference to have an impact on society.

Naujawaan Utsav event has been shared on the facebook page of “Dharmic Naujawaan-National Forum”. The tickets are available on the location and will include dinner and concert. The event will begin at 6:00 pm and only limited seats are available.

(Source-guyanachronicle.com)(Image Courtesy:gtvibes.com)

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Hindu Icons Which Have Spiritual Significance

These icons have to be treated with extreme respect and should not be touched or removed without the owners consent.

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Rangoli, Toran, Aum and Swastika – optional display inside or outside the home. Pixabay

Hindu Council of Australia has compiled a list of Hindu Icons that Hindus may wear on their body and which have spiritual significance. This list has been made to remove confusion among non-Hindus about what is sacred to Hindus.

Hindu Sacraments worn on the body

Hindu icons all year round

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Bangles worn on wrists by women – a cultural item. Pixabay

Scared Hindu icons that can not be removed

  1. Nose stud – essential for girls during puberty, can not be removed for one year.
  2. Yajnopavit/Janaue – essential for boys after their Yajnopavit right of passage, once worn can not be removed and worn again without extensive rituals (not even during swimming lessons)
  3. Sindoor/Mangalsutra – essential for married women. Removal is not permitted while husband is alive.
  4. Choti/Shikha – small hair tail for boys during a right of passage.
  5. Pagdi (Turban, A cloth wrapped around the head) – touching or removing it is disrespectful. It can be removed for a short period in privacy, like when having a shower and must be worn as soon as possible.
  6. Sivalingam (Veera and Adi Shiva people, Lingayat) or other Hindu Gods as pendant in a necklace.

Sacred Hindu icons that can be removed by the wearer

  1. Bindi – optional for women and girls, it can not be removed by others.
  2. Bangles worn on wrists by women – a cultural item
  3. Kondhani – a bracelet made of black thread worn around the waist
  4. Anklets (Pahjeb, Payal) – a metal bracelet worn on ankles
  5. Ear rings/studs for boys and girls in some families
  6. Gem stone on rings for special effects of planets
  7. Hindu Sacraments worn on Special Occasions

    Anklets (Pahjeb, Payal) – a metal bracelet worn on ankles
    Anklets (Pahjeb, Payal) – a metal bracelet worn on ankles. Pixabay
  1. Tulsi Mala – A necklace of Tulsi beads. During special religious observations.
  2. Teeka, Tilak, Vibhuti – essential during Hindu prayers, optional otherwise
  3. Mehendi/henna/turmeric – essential when getting married or when a close family member gets married, optional for married women during karva chauth day. Henna is a fast colour (looks like a emporary tatto) that takes a week or more to fade away
  4. Men are not allowed to cut their hair during Sabramalai month (Mid of November to January 14/15)
  5. Rakhi – a special bracelet worn on special festival day of Rakhi.
  6. Kajal/Surma (dark black eye ointment)
  7. Raksha/mouli – multi colour thread bracelet as a protective icon during special days
  8. Gajra – a flower arrangement by woman at the back of there hair.

Hindu icons in a Hindu home

These icons have to be treated with extreme respect and should not be touched or removed without the owners consent.

  1. Rangoli, Toran, Aum and Swastika – optional display inside or outside the home.
  2. Home shrine

(Originally Published: Hindu Council of Australia)