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Hindu full moon celebration in Tilehurst
Every year millions of Hindu couples come out at night to face the fullest and brightest moon to enhance their love. You're invited to a special Sharad Purnima celebration in Tilehurst on Saturday 18 October.
18.10.07 | Meadway Sports Centre | Dunsfold Road (off The Meadway) | Tilehurst | Reading | RG30 4NN | 8pm - 11.30pm
Love is in the air this October with Sharad Purnima, a full moon celebration that has a very special significance in Hindu calendar.
The moon is believed to be the brightest due to the angle of the earth and the sun.
It is also said that the God Krishna and Goddess Radha came out from their temple on this night to play Raas (a stick dance) in Nathdwara, Rajasthan, India.
Following the tradition, every year millions of couples come out at night to face the fullest and brightest moon to improve their relationship.
As the Taj Mahal is regarded as a love symbol, thousand of couples pilgrim to the Taj to see the marble monument shining in moonlight by the river Yamuna.
Sharad Purnima is very similar to Valentine's Day, except more emphasis is given to night-time and moonlight with a religious importance.
While we don't have the Taj Mahal on our doorsteps, we do have the Meadway Sports Centre, where more than 300 people are expected to attend, dressed up in colourful traditional costumes, to engage in some Dandia Raas (stick dancing) with their partners.
This year, the Samaj has organised the lighting of 108 Arti for the first time in the history of Reading. This is a ceremony of worship by lighted diya (lamps) which takes place in front of statues of the Gods.
Event co-ordinator Nimisha Overton said: "We are very pleased to host this regular Reading calendar event this year and I invite everyone to come and join, enjoy and support."
A live band from London will provide the religious music.
This event is for all of the local Hindu community and others are most welcome to come along.
last updated: 17/10/2008 at 12:35
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