Monday, July 24, 2006

ADI AMMAVASAI - Why we fast!

ADI AMAVASAI On the darkest night of the month of Adi (July - August) called Adi Amavasai a fast is undertaken in remembrance of departed fathers. It is a day of worship and of abstinence from meat and fish.

Amavasai means new moon and on the new moon of every month our ancestors are remembered. The new moon that falls on the Hindu month of Aadi (July/August) is considered especially auspicious and on this day upavasa (fasting) and special poojas are observed by sons whose fathers have passed on to remember and honor them.

So today I honour my father and forefathers

It is fascinating to think how the tradition is preserved by the power of faith.

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