Ramadan

Working during Ramadan

For most Islamic countries, Friday April 24th will be the first day of the Muslim month of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan will last for 28 days, though the exact start and end dates in some countries is dependent on sightings on the moon. During Ramadan Muslims will fast from dawn until dusk, pray and […]

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Cyber Celebrations

Celebrating in a time of Coronavirus

Home for the Holidays The disruption caused by Coronavirus touches all aspects of our daily lives, including the ability to celebrate our key religious festivals. The month of April is chock-full of such holidays such as Passover, Easter, Vaisakhi and Ramadan. While the faithful usually congregate to celebrate and commemorate these holidays, the lockdown of […]

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Hue lights

Happy Holidays to Hue!

A popular home lighting solution is Philips Hue. They make a series of lights that are energy efficient and controllable via an app from home and beyond. You can set routines to switch the lights on and off and if they are the coloured lights, change the colours. Integrating this with the popular IFTTT service, […]

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Crowd at Kumbh Mela festival, the world’s largest religious gathering, in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photo by Yury Birukov.

Kumbh Mela

Often attracting over 200 million attendees, this Hindu religious festival is the largest festival and gathering of humans in the world. The legend behind Kumbh Mela (the festival of the sacred Pitcher) is that Hindu gods and demons were fighting over a kumbh (pot or pitcher), carrying amrit, the nectar of immortality, created after the […]

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Songpyun, a traditional Korean rice dish

Pining for Songpyun?

The Harvest Moon Festival, or Chuseok (meaning ‘Autumn Eve’), is one of Korea’s most cherished holidays. One of the main Harvest Moon Festival traditions is the food preparation, especially of songpyun; a traditional Korean rice cake made with pine needles. In Korean, Song means ‘pine tree’ and Pyun means ‘rice cake’. Oddly for a festival that takes […]

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Krishna

A Janmashtami Journey

Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is one of the most popular and important Hindu festivals. It marks the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth re-incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who gave the vital message of the Bhagwat Gita – the guiding principles for every Hindu. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm by Hindus. In this article, we take […]

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