As Phagwah quickly approaches, most Guyanese (Hindu or not) are eagerly looking forward to the coming celebrations. For the general public, the festival usually includes numerous Phagwah melas, at which patrons can be regaled by various art forms, such as singing and dancing, and playing Phagwah at public sites, such as the Everest sports ground, or the National Stadium. Some schools, like Queen’s College, even have their own Phagwah celebrations, such as a show. For the religious, Phagwah includes going to temple, fasting, and, significantly, the burning of Holika.The story of Phagwah, although probably well known by most Hindus, is not necessarily known to the public. There are a few variants related to the festival. The first, perhaps most popular, one is that of the over-arching triumph of good over evil, and the legend associated with this – the story of Prahalad. The legend goes that Prahalad was a devotee of Lord Vishnu, but his father, King Hiranyakashyap, believed that he, the king, should be worshipped as God, and was furious that his son had become devoted to someone else. After unsuccessfully trying to wean Prahalad from his devotion, the king ordered that his own son be burnt on a pyre by his sister Holika. Holika had been gifted in that fire could not harm her. However, miraculously, when the fire died away, Holika had been reduced to ashes and Prahalad sat unharmed. It is explained that the fact that Prahalad was unharmed despite all odds is symbolic of good triumphing over evil. This is why on the night before Holi, pyres are lit at different temples.A less known origin story of Phagwah focuses on the love of Radha and Krishna. In the legend, young Krishna bemoaned that he was very dark, and was upset that Radha was much fairer than he was. His mother, consoling him, told him that he could colour Radha’s face whichever colour he wanted. Taking her advice, Krishna applied coloured pigments to Radha’s face so that she could be the same as he was. Krishna played pranks on the gopis (cowherds) and would apply colour on them and spray them with water from pichkaris. This is the reason why on Phagwah people play with coloured powders and spray each other with water. In some parts of India, a palanquin with idols of Radha and Krishna is paraded through the streets.Another story of Holi is that of the sacrifice of Kamadeva. In this version, Sati, daughter of King Daksha, was enamoured with Shiva, and refused to marry anyone else, to the disdain of her father. Once she did marry Shiva, ties with her family weakened, and she denounced herself completely from them one fateful night. Her father had planned a ritual sacrifice and invited all of their family. She rationalised that her lack of invitation had been an oversight, and she decided to go anyways. Upon entering the celebration, she and her husband were ridiculed by her father until, finally, Sati announced that since her father had given her this body, she no longer wanted to be associated with it, and as a result, she entered a deep trance until she ignited. Shiva, upon hearing this news, was furious and then entered deep meditation, renouncing all work. This, of course, threw the world out of balance, so Sati was reborn in the shape of Paravati and began to try to win Shiva’s affection. This proved futile, and so she invoked the help of Kamadeva, the “Indian Cupid god”, who shot a love arrow into Shiva’s heart. Disturbed from his trance, Shiva opened his third eye and incinerated Kamadeva. It is said that on the day of Holi, Kamadeva sacrificed himself for the good of all beings. Later, upon realising his mistake, Shiva granted Kamadeva immortality, but he was made invisible, making him a representation of true love as opposed to lust. To this day, on Holi, people still make offerings to Kamadeva to show their gratitude.These are just a few of the stories associated with the celebration of Holi. Knowing the meaning behind the things that we do help us have greater appreciation and respect for these traditions. That being said, I hope you all have a great Phagwah and enjoy the festival to its fullest!
Repeat offender Dwayne Hardy was remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistratesdwayne hardy’ Courts to answer to a robbery charge.The 29-year-old man appeared before city Magistrate Fabayo Azore to answer to two counts of robbery.Hardy denied both charges which stated on June 5, at Mandela Avenue, being in the company of others and armed with a knife, he robbed Devon Singh of one gold chain valued $180,000, property of Ryan Diaz. On the same day, at the same location, he also allegedly robbed Singh of a gold chain valued $400,000 and one gold earring worth $100,000.Hardy, who was not represented by an Attorney, had visible injuries to his left eye which was swollen. Magistrate Azore enquired about his injuries and he told the Court he was involved in a fight with another inmate.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones told the Court that the case file was still incomplete, and made no objections to bail, but requested a substantial amount.Magistrate Azore refused bail citing the fact that Hardy was charged and incarcerated previously for matters of a similar nature. The case will continue on June 27.
Wales falloutHundreds of sugar workers remain without their severance payments despite having been promised to receive it since December 2016. If the matter is not resolved in the coming days, court action against the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) may be pursued by the unions representation the workers.This was revealed by President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) Komal Chand at a public meeting held at Patentia, West Bank Demerara on Tuesday evening. However, even as court action looms over the nonpayment of severance, the protest actions will resume in the coming week to highlight the plight of the workers, many of whom have said they have been unable to find work.Residents, workers and family members turned up at Tuesday evening’s public meetingGAWU President Komal Chand revealed that court action is on the cardsTuesday’s meeting was hosted to address the current developments at the Wales Estate and to discuss the non-payment of severance to the cane cutters and cane transport workers who have continued to demand their packages. The meeting attracted many workers, their families and other residents. GAWU General Secretary Seepaul Narine also addressed the concerns of the workers. Many of the sugar workers reside in the Patentia community which borders Wales where the now inoperable sugar estate is located.On Monday, workers reminded that Head of State David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had committed their support to the sugar industry in the run up to the 2015 General and Regional Elections. On this premise, they called for an intervention of the President and his Cabinet to address their many problems.The workers had again complained that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder never met with them at the Estate to address their concerns.“No Minister never come and meet with we as yet, onto now,” the workers had collectively expressed.Although the workers continue to demand their payment, the Agriculture Ministry contended that all workers who wanted severance payment were already paid but GAWU had deemed the Ministry’s announcement as misleading.The workers are demanding that they be paid severance on the basis that they cannot be compelled to travel 22 miles from their point of origin. This newspaper had been informed that at the most recent meeting with the Sugar Corporation, employees and Union representatives, GuySuCo reportedly maintained that the workers “have to go” to the Uitvlugt Estate. The Corporation had told the public that the Uitvlugt Estate was being upgraded to increase its production from 20,000 to 40,000 tonnes of sugar annually. On that basis, GuySuCo had reiterated its demand for labour.Government confirmed the end of sugar operations at Wales Estate, citing cost as the main factor for closure.
Are you aged between 13 – 18 and interested in improving your communication skills?Well now is the perfect time to get involved in Junior Toastmasters.Junior Toastmasters Letterkenny will be holding their Junior Toastmasters meeting in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Sunday the 1st of December at 5pm. Everyone is WELCOME to come along. And of coarse bring along your friends!Toastmasters International (TI) is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills in a FUN and interesting way.This club is open to second level students.For more details contact Emma Rose Callaghan/ Sean Harkin PR Officers (age 16) with the support from adult mentors Karen Murphy 086 6043040 and Conor Crossan 087 1332680. RAISE A TOAST TO DONEGAL’S JUNIOR TOASTMASTERS! was last modified: December 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJunior Toastmasters
Every non-league footballer waits for that one moment which sees their name up in lights, and Liam Canavan enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame on Saturday.The midfielder opened the scoring for Kettering Town in their 3-1 win over Biggleswade Town, firing a thunderous 35-yard dipping volley into the back of the net.The goal has since been described as a ‘world class’ strike, and if you have yet to see it, the video is available above…
Listen to the thrilling Class A Regional Championship game between West Washington and Wood Memorial.WW VS WOOD MEMORIAL PRE-GAME WW VS WOOD MEMORIAL FIRST HALFWW VS WOOD MEMORIAL HALF TIMEWW VS WOOD MEMORIAL SECOND HALF AND POST-GAME
Update: Doug Combs was located just after 5 p.m. and is safe. He has been transported to the hospital to be evaluated Doug Combs, 69, of Haywood County was last seen at his home on Chestnut Walk Drive in Waynesville yesterday morning. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Mr. Combs, please contact Haywood County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Captain Tony Cope at (828) 452-6666.
Share This!If you haven’t visiting the Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration experience, you’ll only have through Labor Day, September 2, to be able to do it. The Downtown Disney District exhibit is a social media lover’s dream. Guests have been able to can step inside nine different imaginatively themed rooms where multi-dimensional art and vibrant, visual displays salute Disney’s most recognizable icon.Want to know what some of the rooms have in store for Guests? In the Mickey at Disneyland room, Guests can share how much Mickey means to the Disneyland Resort, even getting a photo inside an 8-foot-tall Mickey balloon. In the Mickey Around the World room, you can see how Mickey is loved in different countries. The Forever Mickey Room allows Guests to reflect on what Mickey means to them thanks to a mirrored hallway. Finally, in the most social media move ever, you’ll also want to get your photo taken with the large polka dot bow sofa couch.The cost is $30 Monday to Thursday before 4 p.m. and $38 on evenings (after 4:00 p.m.) and weekends. The full experience takes approximately 1.5 hoursBook your reservation to visit the Pop-Up Disney experience here before your time runs out!
Financial Times and Brand South Africa Roundtable: “Opportunities and challenges of the Green Economy”
Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa will deliver the keynote address as well as participate in the panel discussions.The panel will explore future solutions as well as engage and discuss green issues under the theme “Building A Green Economy”.Panelists, from l to r: Bheki Sibiya, Parks Tau and Steve Lennon.Brand South Africa wishes to see these conversations translating into action on climate change. In turn, this will assist in improving South Africa’s image as a country that facilitates and leads debates on issues that impact the future sustainability, development and economy of the country in the first instance and the continent and beyond.This thought leadership engagement between government and business leaders will include;Minister of Water & Environmental Affairs: Edna Molewa, Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg and SALGA CEO, Parks Tau; Executive Director of Resources & Strategy at Eskom, Dr. Steve Lennon and Chief Executive Officer: Chamber of Mines, Bheki Sibiya.Financial Times Special Report: South Africa and the Green Economy