Wish­ing all Hin­dus a happy Pu­rat­tasi

The Mercury - - OPINION -

SOUTH In­dian South Africans will be­gin their an­nual Pu­rat­tasi fast on Sun­day.

The re­li­gious and cul­tural pe­riod, which spans a month, is marked by the non-con­sump­tion of meat and al­co­hol.

A strict veg­e­tar­ian diet is fol­lowed for the en­tire pe­riod.

On each Satur­day dur­ing the month, a wider va­ri­ety of veg­eta­bles ac­com­pa­nied by a se­lec­tion of savoury de­lights and sweet­meats are con­sumed af­ter of­fer­ing prayers and thanks for a good and healthy life.

The sig­nif­i­cant prayer call by all mem­bers of the fam­ily is “Govinda, in the name of God we give thanks”.

Happy Pu­rat­tasi to all our Hin­dus.

R MUNISAMY Isipingo Hills

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