South Africa: Interfaith Perspectives on Food Certification



SOUTH AFRICA: Concerns have been raised, especially from Christians, that buying halaal or kosher foods amounts to funding religions. The concerns have been raised with the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL commission), which hosted a seminar on the subject on Thursday.

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Judaism: The Story of Hanukkah

Hanukkah (alternately spelled Chanukah), meaning “dedication” in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and “rededication” of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Hanukkah centers around the lighting of the hanukkiyah, a special menorah for Hanukkah; foods prepared in oil including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts); and special songs and games. In 2018, Hanukkah will take place from 2 – 10 December.

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RED WEDNESDAY OBSERVANCE



The Red Wednesday observance – this Wednesday night – 28 November – at 7:30pm in the Forecourt of St Patrick’s Cathedral – is an important occasion to show interfaith solidarity for people of all faiths globally who experience persecution *because* of their faith.

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Guru Nanak Gurpurab 2018

gurdwaraGuru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism, or Sikhi. The festivities in the Sikh religion revolve around the anniversaries of the 10 Sikh Gurus. These Gurus were responsible for shaping the beliefs of the Sikhs. Their birthdays, known as Gurpurab, are occasions for celebration and prayer among the Sikhs. In 2018, Gurpruab is celebrated on 23 November.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed worldwide on 20 November, annually. In Australia, we also use the day to remember those in the community who have taken their own lives due to social barriers and isolation. Shepparton Interfaith Network will facilitate a remembrance service at Victoria Park Lake on the evening of 20 November.
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