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Mumbai, Oct 18: Actress Shraddha Kapoor has taken a stand favoring the animals in the festive season of Diwali.
Shraddha has a pet dog Shylo, and the actress has always expressed her concern for animals on various occasions.
With Diwali inching closer, Shraddha took to Twitter to appeal to her fans to not burst firecrackers, for the sake of animals.
She shared a video saying: “Diwali is coming – the festival of lights… not of noise and air pollution. Help keep the air clean and be sensitive to the animals on the streets.”
The actress added: “This is that time of the year when Diwali is just around the corner and I just wanted to say that please don’t buy firecrackers and don’t burst firecrackers.
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“Not only does it cause a lot of pollution but it also troubles all the animals on the streets.”
Shraddha further urged her fans to have a safe Diwali by spending time with family as she wished her fans.
“Instead, spend Diwali with your family, with your loved ones eat amazing food, eat sweets and don’t burst crackers. Happy Diwali.”
On the work front, the actress is currently working on the trilingual “Saaho” with Prabhas. Shraddha has recently returned to Mumbai after wrapping the first schedule of the film in Hyderabad. (IANS)
– by Paras Ramoutar
Port of Spain, October 30, 2016: Trinidad was lit up on Saturday night as the Hindu community celebrated Diwali, the annual festival of lights, across the country.
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For the past several days, there were celebrations at government offices including the official residence of Prime Minister Keith Rowley.
In an address, President Anthony Carmona noted that Diwali was another opportunity to bring about unity.
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“We need to eradicate the social negatives of crime and sometimes our racial and political intolerance and disharmony. The celebration of Diwali is but one strong example of the religious harmony and unity that exist in our country. The key is for us to ensure that this harmony continues beyond Diwali festivities,” President Carmona added.
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Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar called on the people to drive away darkness with light.
“The enemies we seek to banish are hate, betrayal, jealousy, greed, lust, sickness and mental decay,” Bissessar said.
Newly-accredited Indian High Commissioner Bishwadip Dey said Diwali “gives us an expression of happiness and a sense of attainment. As we light rows of diyas, it is believed we attain good health, wealth, knowledge, peace and happiness. Darkness represents ignorance, and light is a metaphor for knowledge.”
One of the highlights of this year’s ‘Diwali Nagar’ was the opening of a booth by the Indian High Commission which attracted thousands of patrons seeking information on visas, Know India Programme, non-resident Indian and person of Indian-origin cards, and this was the first by any diplomatic mission here.
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India’s Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Villas Paswan, who was visiting Trinidad, addressed the assembly on Wednesday night.
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Dookeran said that Diwali is a moment for “spiritual renewal of mankind”, as spirituality in the world is on the downward spiral.
“Diwali must counteract this decline with urgency.”
The Indian diaspora here comprises descendants of some 148,000 people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, brought here by the then British rulers between 1845 and 1917 to work on enhancing local agricultural capacity.
The Indian diaspora now forms some 42 percent of the 1.3 million population of Trinidad and Tobago. (IANS)
October 26, 2016: Diwali has now become a popular festival due to the presence of Indians all across the globe. Also, the fireworks and the rangoli have attracted the attention of people from various countries. Diwali marks the beginning of a new era and a renewal of commitment to the family values.
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, lit a traditional lamp on her first Diwali event at 10, Downing street. She said,” I want us to be proud of what Diwali means to our nation, after all, it was here in Downing street that Prime Minister Modi chose to start the last Hindu New year.”
Britain’s PM will be visiting India next month in November. It will be her first bilateral outside of the European Union. She said,” I’m going from Delhi to Bangalore. The visit will mark a celebration of relations between our countries and our shared ambitions for the future.”
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The Diwali event hosted by Theresa May was attended by India’s acting high commissioner, Dinesh Patnaik, and other British Indian officials.
Lauding the Indian community of Britain, May said to HT,” When we analyze the true meaning of Diwali, its relevance extends beyond India, beyond the Indian diaspora and even beyond the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists who, in different ways, mark the festival. Its messages apply to everyone – whatever our background, whatever our faith.”
“Now I have to say I haven’t read all 24,000 verses of the epic poem about Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya. But I do know the story of his homecoming from the many celebrations I have attended in my own constituency over the years,” she added.
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“The values he embodied are values which we can all heed. Values of charity, sacrifice and responsibilities: to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi: losing ourselves in the service of others,” she said.
According to the HT report, Britain’s political system has many British Indian representatives including Sandip Verma, Jitesh Gandhia, Dolar Popat and Ranbir Suri in the House of Lords and Shailesh Vara, Rishi Sunak, Priti Patel and Alok Sharma in the House of Commons.
May announced that she would be leading a trade delegation to India from Nov 6 to 8, as her government seeks new relationships after Britain leaves the European Union.
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Some say Leicester hosts the largest Diwali celebration outside of India. This year the event is expecting more than 100,000 people. Every year, the Golden Mile in Belgrave is decorated with Diwali lights.
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When Indians are busy gearing up to celebrate Diwali, here is a look at five light festivals across the globe.
China’s Lantern Festival
The Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year and is observed on the first lunisolar month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Also known as the Shangyuan or the Yuanxiao festival, the lantern festival is celebrated with colourful lanterns and lights especially the red colour.
Beautifully made lanterns are hung from houses by the Chinese. The intrinsic beauty of the light makes the festival a must-attend for every Chinese.
St Lucia’s Day
Symbolizing hope and light, St Lucia’s Day is celebrated on December 13 in all Scandinavian countries to mark the martyrdom of St Lucia. The eldest girl in the house is made to dress in white and red carries a wreath of candles. The festival also marks the beginning of Christmas celebration.
Festival of Lights, Berlin
The newest entrant in the list of festival of lights, the Berlin Light Festival was kicked off by Birgit Zander in 2005. Celebrated in the month of October, Berlin gets transformed into a city of lights with all buildings and installations getting illuminated with lights. The cultural events also add flavor to the event which has now become a favourite tourist destination globally.
Aomori Nebuta Matsuri
Celebrated in Aomori, Japan, this is also a festival where light plays the most alluring factor. Myriad hues, lights and Japanese melodies and parades add to the festivities. Colourfully lighted hangings make the atmosphere intoxicating.
The fire festival of Spain is another festival where light is used to celebrate Spain’s culture. Mostly celebrated by carpenters, the festival celebrates the victory of light over darkness. It is the day where Spanish people pay homage to St Joseph.
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