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Controversy Over Breaking Coconuts at Hindu Festival

on 2001/2/3 8:49:02 ( 1299 reads )


KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, January 31, 2001: Traditionally on Thai Pusam Malaysian Hindus honor vows to Lord Muruga by breaking coconuts during this religious festival. The Consumers Association of Penang has requested that the coconut offerings be limited and excess cash that would have been used to purchase coconuts be donated to the poor. The Hindu Malaysian Youth Council countered by pointing out all the edible coconuts so broken are consumed as sacred prasadam--the food offered to the Gods, and there is therefore no waste.

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