Hindu community in Pakistan celebrates Diwali

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  1. ejazr

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    The Hindu community living in Pakistan celebrated the festival of Diwali at their religious places of worship on Friday.

    Federal Minister for Minorities' Affairs- Shahbaz Bhatti- felicitated Hindus on their festival of lights, colors and happiness, giving the message of promoting tolerance, dialogue, understanding, cooperation, and harmony, and to remove misunderstandings among different faiths, The News reported.

    The Ministry of Minorities had announced celebrating the festival officially for mainstreaming the minorities living in the country, like ten other festivals of minorities including Baisakhi, Holi, Eid-i-Rizwan, Chelumjusht, Nauroze, Christmas and Easter festivals of Sikhs, Hindus, Bahais, Kalash, Parsis and Christian Communities respectively.

    In a message, Bhatti said that his ministry welcomes the minorities' guests, and added that besides resolving the issues of minorities on a priority basis, the government will also table the Hindu Sikh Marriage Act in the parliament soon.

    Although the ministry planned to hold colorful programmes to celebrate Diwali, the events were arranged in a simple way in view of the disaster caused by the recent floods in Pakistan.

    This year, it was celebrated on November 5, while the festivities last for five consecutive days- starting two days before Diwali- and including the celebrations of Dhanteras, Narak Chaturdashi, Govardhan Puja and Bhai Duj.

    During the festival, which is connected with deep-rooted cultural values of the Hindu religion, people wake up early in the morning, wear new clothes, offer their prayers and touch the feet of their elders, and in return elders give them Diwali gifts. Hindus offer special prayers to Goddess Lakshmi to seek blessings of well being and good fortune, and celebrate with clay diyas, candles, lamps and firework to mark the jubilations.
     
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    Hindus must be thanking for these small mercies in Pakistan.
     
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    cross-posting from diwali greetings thread...................................

    Diwali celebrations in Pakistan


    Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated with jubilation and enthusiasm as one of the biggest Hindu festivals. Hindus living in Pakistan are celebrating Diwali by decorating their homes with flowers, rangolis, lights and diyas.

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    A woman lights earthern lamps next to Hindu Goddess to celebrate the festival of lights 'Diwali', at her home in Lahore, Pakistan.–AP Photo

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    Members of Pakistani Hindu community lit candles as they pay homage to the martyrs of Operation Janbaz, on the eve of Hindu religious festival ‘Diwali’, in Rawalpindi.

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    Girls prepare a rangoli during a ceremony to celebrate Diwali in Karachi.–APP Photo

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    Hindus celebrate Diwali, the annual festival of lights, during a ceremony held in Karachi.–PPI Photo

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    Pakistani Hindu women light earthen lamps on the occasion of Diwali in Lahore.–AFP Photo

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    A person cleaning inside the temple during the Hindu festival Diwali preparations, in Hyderabad.–APP Photo

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    Pakistani Hindu devotees light fireworks in celebration of Diwali in Karachi.–AFP Photo

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    A lady busy with her religious rituals during the Diwali celebrations in Multan.–APP Photo

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    Members of Pakistani Hindu community pay homage to the martyrs of Operation Janbaz, on the eve of ‘Diwali’ in Rawalpindi.–APP Photo

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    Children purchase fireworks from a stall, on the eve of ‘Diwali’, in Hyderabad.
     
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    Children busy in their religious rituals at a temple, during Diwali celebrations in Hyderabad.–APP Photo

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    Children play with fireworks as they celebrate Diwali at Sawami Narain Mandir in Karachi.–APP Photo
     

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