The South African Hindu Dharma Sabha wishes all Hindus a joyous and safe Diwali on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, during the dark moonless Amavasya night.
It is auspicious for all Hindus, regardless of linguistic origins, to enjoy a one day united Diwali celebration.
Astrologically, Diwali occurs in the Hindu month of Kartik on a new moon.
In South Africa, the new moon begins on November 6 around 6:57pm and ends on November 7 at around 6:02pm.
The essence of Diwali is light and Luxmi Pooja and therefore lamps are usually lit after sunset symbolizing the victory of the good forces of light over the evil forces of darkness.
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Please do not use extremely loud and dangerous fireworks termed ‘big bangs.’ After a written request by the South African Hindu Dharma Sabha to the Chief Inspector of Explosives in Pretoria in 2001 the importation, sale and use of big bangs was banned in 2002.
The South African Hindu Dharma Sabha urges all Hindus to enjoy a safe Diwali and cause no harm to any person pet or property by using fireworks with care according to the following guidelines on safety precautions.
• Use fireworks with care and in a responsible and sensitive manner.• Ensure all animals have identification.• If possible stay home with them.• Keep pets inside and preferably in a room such as the kitchen where the windows are higher (and more difficult to jump through).• Attempt to mask any noise by drawing curtains and playing calming music at a reasonable volume.• Put familiar and comforting things around them such as toys, baskets, etc.• Provide them with something to do, such as giving your dog a chewy bone or lots of catnip or a catnip toy for felines.• If your pets do react badly to fireworks, then seek professional advice from your veterinarian.• Why not ensure your pets have a hearty and nutritious meal around nightfall? This will make them more sleepy!• Always read and follow label directions on fireworks packaging.• A responsible adult should supervise all fireworks activities.• Never give fireworks to young children.• Buy fireworks from a reliable fireworks dealer.• Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.• Ignite fireworks outdoors.• Always give fireworks plenty of space. Do not put them in tins, glass jars or bottles.• Ignite one at a time and stand back.• Always keep fireworks at arm’s length, before lighting the fuse.• Never return to fireworks once lit and do not try to re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.• Never throw fireworks at another person.