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Durga Puja

celebration of culture and traditions

A quarter of a century ago, the first Durga Puja was held in the Leeds Hindu temple with an active participation of eight enthusiastic families. During the past few years, celebration of Durga Puja in Leeds has brought an enormous joy and a sense of togetherness within local communities. Durga Puja is celebration of Hindu culture and traditions. It is a time for family reunion. This festival gives children an ideal opportunity to know their own cultural heritage.

Qari Muhammed Asim

Being a lawyer and a religious leader may seem somewhat at odds with one another for some, juggling religious conscience while putting client needs first. But for Qari Asim MBE, senior associate at DLA Piper dealing in commercial property, that isn’t the case. In addition to his responsibilities as a commercial property solicitor Mr Asim is also the head imam of Leeds Makkah mosque. Mr Asim said: “Although it might seem that there is no similarity in the work that I do, because lawyer and imam don’t tend to go hand in hand, I believe that there are similarities.

Ganpati puja in Leeds

Ganesh Chaturthi (Vinayaka Chaturthi, Gaṇēśa Caturthī or Vināyaka Caviti) is the Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed god Ganesha. Celebrations are traditionally held on the 4th day of the first fortnight (Shukla Chaturthi) in the month of Bhaadrapada, according to the Hindu calendar. This usually falls between the August and September months of the Gregorian Calendar. Festivities usually finish in 10 days, on the fourteenth day of the same fortnight (Anant Chaturdashi). The festival is celebrated both publicly and privately at home. The modern day version of public celebrations involves installing clay images of Ganesha in public pandals (temporary shrines) and worshiping together for ten days. The private celebration involves installing an appropriate sized clay image at home and worshiping with family and friends. In both cases, at the end of the festival the idols are immersed and subsequently dissolved in a body of water such as a lake or a pond.

Mother tongue

Bilingualism has positive effects on children's linguistic and educational development. When children continue to develop their abilities in two or more languages throughout their primary school years, they gain a deeper understanding of language and how to use it effectively. They have more practice in processing language, especially when they develop literacy in both, and they are able to compare and contrast the ways in which their two languages organize reality. Gujrati community in Headingly, Leeds is trying to enhance the 2nd language ability of their new generation at Burly Lodge Centre.