What is Hinduism without festivals and celebrations? In fact, no other religion has numerous religious festivals, spread throughout the year. The Hindus celebrate nearly everything. The birth of gods and saints, death of asuras, victory of the gods, marriage of the gods, the new year, full moons, new moons, and harvests. These are only to name a few occasions. All these festivals are celebrated in various ways, like prayer, worship, Puja, Homa, vigils, fasting and other festivities.
In Malaysia, MHS has set the Vakya Panchangam which is cast based on Malaysian time as the standard calendar to be adopted. MHS also freely distribute this calendar to all temples. The major festivals in Malaysia, for which the government has declared a public holiday are Deepavali and Thaipusam. MHS also celebrates the Tamil New Year on April 14 and Thai Ponggal.
MHS celebrates the 2nd Friday of May as the Hindu Day. On this day, all the MHS councils will conduct a special prayer in the temples at the same time. A speech of the MHS President and a benedictory address of a prominent priest or monk will be read followed by singing of Thirumurai and other cultural activities. All Hindus can participate in this event at their locality.
Recital of Thirumurai has been a tradition of MHS for the past 37 years. Competitions were held at district, state and national level. Please contact your nearest MHS Local Council for more information.
|Deepavali (18 October, 2017 )|