PETALING JAYA: This Thursday will be a special day for V. Kanesan and Manjit Kaur – that is when the married couple will get to celebrate the start of their Hindu and Sikh New Year on the same day.
The Hindu New Year, Varshapirappu, and the Sikh New Year, Vasakhi, fall on April 14 this year.
Being from different faiths and cultures posed no problem for Kanesan and Manjit Kaur, who have been married for 19 years, as both religions have similar beliefs.
“Our different cultures are very enriching to our three children. They get to learn human values and morals at the Hindu temple and the Sikh Gurdwara.
“Both religions teach us to love all, serve all and help ever, hurt never. Volunteerism is another common factor in our religions,” said Kanesan, who is the head of group corporate communications at RHB Capital.
The family will start the New Year with a sprinkling of holy water before their baths, after which they will wear new clothes and then hold prayers at their home altar at 6.30am.
Spiritual hymns and bhajan music will also be played at home.
They will then leave for the Hindu temple, which is a stone’s throw away from their house here, after which they will visit the Gurdwara.
Vasakhi commemorates the day when the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, baptised five devotees who subsequently became known as the Five Beloved Ones in Sikhism.
This baptism took place on March 30, 1699, but over the years, Vasakhi is celebrated on April 14.
On Varshapirappu, Hindu devotees offer fruits, sweets and flowers to Lord Ganesha and pray for a year free of “obstacles”.After temple prayers, the rest of the day will be spent visiting relatives and friends.
The diet for the day is vegetarian.