Briefs, November 14, 2012

Police detain 48 in raid on Islamic school

Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 3:19am

Talking Points

Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali, the festival of light. Photo: AP

Final verdict in Citizens' Radio case

13 Nov 2012 - 2:15am

In wonder of cultures that colour our world

In wonder of cultures that colour our world

This week, my younger daughter and I made diyas at our parent-child playgroup. Diyas are earthen oil lamps used for Diwali. The teacher explained Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, to the parents, while the children explored working with clay.

11 Nov 2012 - 9:49am

Learning Curve: Diwali a spiritual celebration

Learning Curve: Diwali a spiritual celebration

The four days of this year's Diwali celebrations begin today. Diwali, a contraction of Deepavali, is known as the festival of lights. One the most popular South Asian festivals, it's a Hindu celebration of the triumph of good over evil that is also observed by Jains and Sikhs.

11 Nov 2012 - 10:54am

Indian celebrations are strong on sweetness and light

For many Indians, this week marks one of the most important and colourful events on the calendar: Diwali, a five-day festival of lights that signals the start of a new year.

Diwali is celebrated on the 15th day of Kartika, the eighth month of the year on the Hindu calendar.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Tradition with a twist

In a large ballroom in the basement of the Holiday Inn Golden Mile hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, a 'who's who' of the local Indian community is gathered. In one corner, Simran Bhojwani, one of the leading sourcers and exporters of Indian silverware, is posing for photos and sipping champagne.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Hindus furious over plan to demolish temple

About 60 Hindus - men, women and children - huddle inside a Hindu temple in Kampung Jawa, a depressed hamlet about 30km south of the capital, as dozens of armed police watch and wait.

7 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Indian community lights up the social calendar for Diwali

It's the start of Diwali week, otherwise known as the festival of lights, which for the Indian Hindu community is a combination of Christmas, New Year and a Bollywood blockbuster.

As usual, plenty of big parties and balls have been organised so the community's social calendar will be busy next week.

2 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Festival of Lights

KGV students add special meaning to Diwali

The night will be lit up on Diwali - India's most celebrated festival - which takes place on November 9 this year.

Teenagers have an extra reason to celebrate this year, as there's a ball planned just for them. But there is a serious purpose behind the fun, as all proceeds will be donated to charity.

8 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


24-Hour Race

The third annual 24-hour dinghy race will be held at the Hebe Haven Yacht Club from October 6-7. Participants will race for 24 hours to raise money for charity. There will be stalls, music and entertainment.

Entrance is free.

For more details visit www.hhyc.org.hk


30 Sep 2007 - 12:00am


Name: Neha Bhatia

Age: 15

City/country: Bombay, India

School name: Learners' Academy

Star sign: Sagittarius

I love arts and fashion sketching. Drawing, which is my passion, takes up a lot of my time.

22 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Tailor-made for Diwali festival

Indian designers are in high gear for the coming Diwali festival, with three dressmakers hosting invitational events this week.

21 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Gearing up for Diwali festival

Don't be surprised if the Conrad Hotel is inundated today by mobs of Indian tai-tais. That's because famed Indian fashion designer Suneet Varma (pictured) is there showing his autumn/winter fare and taking orders from private clients for gowns and dresses for the coming Diwali festival.

14 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Celebrate India's festival of lights in style

Tomorrow is the first day of Diwali - the Hindu festival of lights marking Indian New Year - an event that the local Indian community has been anticipating for weeks. Over the past few nights, there have been grand balls, parties and a mad frenzy to buy gold for good luck.

11 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

In harmony for Diwali

Hong Kong is one of those cities that doesn't really need a moon. The Sony, Ericsson and Sinopec signs do a pretty good job of keeping the city illuminated long after the sun goes down.

11 Nov 2004 - 12:00am