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From: K Balaji (
Date: Mon Jan 15 2001 - 21:28:08 PST

Dear BhagavathAs,

On Sankaranthi day we keep pongal at a particular time.  Since all these
festivals (sankaranthi, diwali et al) are unique to India only, the keeping
up of auspicious time also very important in all these occasions for
performing spcecific rituals.  Now going by our Earth's rotation,  how do
you perform these auspicious activities in time with Indian time. Asper
Indian time it would be nearly 2 to 16 hours difference in other parts of
the world.  Obviously either it would be either too early or too late as
compared to Indian time for such celebrations.  For e.g. In Australia,
though the sun enters to Makara (journey towards northern direction) earlier
than Indian time, only the entry asper Indian time is celebrated as
Utharayana punkakAlam (Makara SankarAnthi).  For the US it is too late
 almost a day later).  Same is the case for almost all festivals. So other
than symbolic celebration, I don't think any real significance attached for
celebration in places other than India.

K Balaji

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