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- Event: Hindu Havan Fire Ceremony and Diwali Children’s Workshop
- Date: Saturday, November 17
- Time: Havan Fire Ceremony - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Children's Workshop - 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Location: Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
- Admission: FREE. This event is open to all who wish to attend.
A havan is an important religious practice in Hinduism. Although a consecrated fire is the central element of every havan ritual, the procedure and items offered to the fire vary by the occasion of the ceremony or by the benefit expected from the ritual. The ceremony usually involves the kindling and consecration of the sacrificial fire; the invocation of one or more divinities; and, the making of offerings (whether real or visualized) to them through the fire, amid the recitation of prescribed prayers and mantras.
As this year’s Festival falls on the weekend of Diwali, the Hindu New Year, a festive workshop for children and parents will feature a classical dance demonstration, arts and crafts and an engaging story-telling of the Ramayana, the gripping and action-filled tale of an exiled Hindu king and queen (Ram and Sita) and their battle against evil and darkness. Traditional Indian snacks will also be available!