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RAM NAVAMI
 

Ram Navami is the day on which Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, incarnated in human form in the land of Ayodhya. He is the ardha ansh of Vishnu or has half the divinitive qualities of Lord Vishnu. The word “Rama” literally means one who is divinely blissful and who gives joy to others, and one in whom the sages rejoice.

Ram Navami falls on the ninth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Chaitra (April/May) (8 days after Yugādi) and coincides with Vasant Navratri or Chait Durga Puja. This day, marking the birthday of Lord Rama, is also observed as the marriage day of Rama and Sita and thus also referred to as Kalyanotsavam.

Bhagwan Rama exemplified the perfect person (maryada purushottam). He was the embodiment of compassion, gentleness, kindness, righteousness and integrity. Although he had all the power in the world, he still was peaceful and gentle.

The Sun is considered to be the progenitor of Rama's dynasty, which is called the Solar Dynasty (Raghukula or Raghuvamsa – Raghu means Sun and Kula or Vamsa mean familial descendant). Rama is also known as Raghunatha, Raghupati, Raghavendra etc. That all these names begin with the prefix Raghu is also suggestive of some link with Sun-worship. The hour chosen for the observance of the Lord's birth is that when the Sun is overhead and is at its maximum brilliance. In some Hindu sects,

prayers on Ramnavami day start not with an invocation to Rama but to Surya (Sun).

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BHAJAN HIGHLIGHTS
 
"Chaale Hanuman yahaa aye, shree Ramji ki dhun machaye".....chanting the holy name of Shree Ram and Shree Jalarambapa, members of the Lohana Community, together with family and friends converged at the Mississauga Ram Mandir on Saturday 23rd March, 2019 for Bhajans. Devotees led by our LCFT President Deval Chandarana chanted Bhajans with melodious music provided by musicians from the Ram Mandir.
 
The Bhajans were followed by delicious Mahaprasad.
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The Daily Bread Food Bank was a food drive initiative run last year during Adhik Maas, on behalf of the committee of Triveni Sangam, supported by Lohanas and friends, namely, Indira Somaia, Krishnaben Chotai, Sangeeta Dhrona, Ramilaben OndhiaShilla Khakhria, and Daksha Shah.  We thank you all for helping out on this mission to collect and donate food items.
 
To ensure the donation formalities, they had a priest come in and a proper 'sankalp' was done by all present when the food items were sorted out to be boxed for delivery.  
 
Collectively, they donated 4,200 pounds of vegetarian food.  The food purchases were not weight based, but rather quality based.  We must emphasize that it was a collective effort by communities, throughout the GTA, of which Lohana community. members were supporting.  Lead organizer, Indiraben Somaia said, "Families and friends, young and old, your help in making purchases, sorting out the goodies, boxing all the items and having it picked up by the Food Bank truck was a heart-warming experience.  I thank you all for your support".
 
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Posted by LCFT Lohana Charitable Foundation of Toronto on Feb 25, 2019
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2019 Presidents Opening Message
 
Jai Shree Krishna.
 
I am humbled, honoured and privileged to assume the role of the President for our community for 2019.  I am deeply grateful to my predecessor Mitesh Kantaria for the leadership and outstanding contribution to our community during his presidency. Indeed, the growth of the community has been propelled collectively by members of the executive team and the board members, without their support none of what we have achieved would be possible. Thank you all for your hard work.
 
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Posted by LCFT Lohana Charitable Foundation of Toronto on Feb 24, 2019
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AGM REPORT
 
On Sunday February 24th, 2019 the Lohana Community gathered at Ram Mandir for our Annual General Meeting. This year’s AGM discussed the multiple successful events held over the course of 2018 and looked forward to the coming year. 
 
2018 in Summary
At the AGM, the 2018 President's and Treasurer's report presented a successful year in terms of a positive financial balance, enhancements in operations and communications, increase in Lohana Annual paid memberships as well as sponsorships and donations in kind. Overall this resulted in an increase of attendance to our events enjoyed thoroughly by all.
 
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Dear Fellow Lohanas and Friends,
 
It has been a wonderful year and a great pleasure for me to have been your President to serve the Lohana Samaj, the LCFT - Lohana Charitable Foundation of Toronto, for the tenure of 2018. I salute all the previous Presidents and Committees for their commitment and dedication in keeping our community moving forward since the foundation was started.

Lohana Leaders
Within the community, we have several Lohanas who led by example as leaders in their organizations, social, charitable, spiritual and philanthropic endeavours.  Thank you for continued efforts in improving humanity and making our Lohana community proud.
 
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LOHANA PRIDE

By Dr. Vipin Mithia


First of all, we applaud Ramesh bhai Chotai on achieving the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award. This Award is the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians by the Government of India. For all Lohanas, it is a proud moment for the community. Shree Lohana Mahaparishad salutes Rameshbhai.

Rameshbhai joins other very illustrious and distinguished past Raghuvanshi Lohana winners of this Award:
•    Shri Kanaksibhai Gokaldas Khimji of Oman
•    Shree Mahendrabhai Nanji Kalidas Mehta, of Lugazi, Uganda
•    Shree Dr. Rajnibhai Kanabar, of Mawanza, Tanzania

Today as our younger generation takes over the leadership of our Canadian Community association, Lohana Charitable Foundation… we hope this celebration of our past leaders is a positive sign of the strength of the Lohana Community and its leadership across the Indian Diaspora globally.
 
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VASANT PANCHAMI
 
Vasant Panchami, also known as Basant Panchami, Saraswati Puja, Shree Panchami, or the Basant Festival of Kites is a Hindu festival held on the fifth day of Magha (usually early February).
 

The festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

On this day Hindus worship Saraswati Devi, the goddess of wisdom, knowledge, music, art and culture.

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2019 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
Jai Shree Krishna and welcome to our very first Newsletter for 2019. We hope everyone had a good 2018 and the New Year has started well. Your LCFT Committee is looking forward to this year and we have planned lots of exciting and fun events which will be posted in the upcoming Newsletters published through our website.  We encourage everyone to visit www.mylohana.com for regular updates.
 
We would like to thank all the Community Members and Friends for your overwhelming support last year and we look forward to another fruitful year.
 
Our AGM is scheduled for Sunday February 24th 2019 at the Mississauga Ram Mandir between 2PM and 4PM and we look forward to everyone attending the AGM.
 
** PLEASE READ MORE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE NOTICES **
 
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TFSA or RRSP? Where should you put your money?
 
It’s that time of the year where the RRSP deadline is upon us and everyone will be planning on where to invest their money. Depending on what you’re saving for, where you keep your money makes a difference.
 
Welcome to the TFSA vs RRSP showdown. See how each plan type works so you know where to put your money.
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India honours Ramesh Chotai with the highest civilian award
 
Congratulatory messages pour in from everywhere
 
Toronto: Congratulatory messages have been pouring in from across Canada to fellow Lohana Ramesh Chotai, the co-founder and past chair of Canada India Foundation on being awarded the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, the highest civilian award bestowed upon overseas Indians by the Government of India.
 
Ramesh bhai was honoured with the award by the President of India His Excellency Ram Nath Kovind at a glittering ceremony on 23 January, the concluding day of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the annual conglomeration of the Indian diaspora, held this year in the holy city of Varanasi, India.
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2018 FUN FACTS, WITH LAUGHTER - THE BEST MEDICINE

 
Read some of the fun facts we picked up during the year, and laugh, live and love!
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Diwali Gala Dinner & Dance Highlights

On November 10th, 2018, members of the Lohana Community with family and friends gathered together for the Annual Diwali Gala Dinner & Dance.
 
We had a fantastic turnout, and the event was enjoyed by all.
 
Read more and also access our event video....
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Diwali Laxmi & Chopda Pujan Highlights

On November 7th, 2018, members of the Lohana Community with family and friends gathered together for the Laxmi & Chopda Pujan.
 
The event had a great turnout of family members and business owners alike.
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Celebrating Diwali and looking to the forthcoming year to provide success, we carry out certain rituals to thank be thankful for what we have and what we can gain.  Learn more about Diwali and Chopda Poojan, wh can participate, and why these ceremonies are auspicious and worth participating in.
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On 20th October 2018, members of the Lohana Community with family & friends celebrated Navaratri together at the Sharad Purnima Garba and Disco Dandiya. This year the music was provided by Kirit Bhai Mistry of Goonjan Entertainment with a special half hour of Disco Dandiya by DJ Bhagirat Raichada.
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Janmashtami

 
Janmashtami is celebrated with all fervor and heightened spirits throughout the country. It marks the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu as per Hindu religion.
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RAKSHA BANDHAN (RAKHI)

 
The bonding between a brother and a sister is simply unique and beyond description in words. The relationship between siblings is extraordinary and is given importance in every part of the world.
 
This relationship is signified by the festival of "Raksha Bandhan" dedicated for the sibling love and care of a sister and brother.
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Shravan Maas is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar. It starts on 12th August and ends on 9th September. According to the Hindu Vedas and Puranas, the Holy month of Shravan is dedicated to worshipping Lord Shiva for success, marriage and prosperity!
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SUMMER PICNIC HIGHLIGHTS
 
LCFT held its Annual Summer Picnic on Sunday, June 10th 2018, at the Bruce Mills Conservation in Stouffville. With over 270 attendees, Community members and friends enjoyed a great day out together. This year’s picnic featured a challenging Obstacle Course Bouncy Castle along with a live hot food station, Sno-cone & Candy Floss and an extensive raffle of gifts and prizes.
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Adhik Maas

The Hindu calendar is based on the lunar cycle rather than the solar cycle. Due to this, an extra month arises after every thirty-two month period. In 2018 there is an extra month (Adhik Maas) as per the Hindu Calendar. This month starts from 16th May to 13th June and is dedicated to Lord Shree Krishna.

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Why We Celebrate Hanuman Jayanti
 
Hanuman Jayanti is a Hindu religious festival that celebrates the birth of Shree Hanumanji, who is immensely revered throughout the world where Hindus reside.  According to legends, He was born as a monkey God to serve Shree Ram as the greatest disciple with utter and unflinching devotion. Hanumanji is the symbol of strength and energy, proven by His service and devotion to Shree Ram. He is said to be able to assume any form at will, wield celestial weapons, move mountains, dart through the air, and seize the clouds. Hanumanji is the only deity that cannot be troubled by negative energies.  During Hanuman Jayanti people observe a fast, meditate, practice charity, and recite various devotional hymns and prayers like the Hanuman Chalisa, repeating His glories and adventures!
 
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During the afternoon of Sunday, 25th March 2018 we had an incredible turnout at our first event of the year! With 120 fellow community members, family & friends, of all ages, we had a successful bowling event! Thank you to all our sponsors and all attendees from near and far who participated as bowlers and spectators!
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Following constitutional regulations, timely notice was provided and a Special General Meeting was held during the afternoon of Sunday, 25th March 2018. The meeting was chaired by Dipakbhai Dhrona, with over 60 members in attendance. The topics of MEMBERSHIP for 2018 were discussed....
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Holi is the festival of colors. The festival is celebrated with much joy and vigor all over the world, especially in North India. Holi is not simply a festival; it is a tradition that dates back thousands of years that brings out the child in everyone!
 
The colorful festival of Holi spans over two days and marks the beginning of Spring. On the first day, known as day of “Holika Dahan”, fire is lit marking the victory of truth over evil. The second day is “Phag”, when the actual Holi is celebrated with vibrant colors and water. The festival bridges the gap between people of different communities and age group and is celebrated by embracing one another while smearing each other with colorful paint!
 
We wish you a Happy Holi and a wonderful celebration of life and its colors!
 
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The Lohana Cultural Association of Canada was the brainchild of a very committed Community Member, Vinod Sodha. He came to Toronto in December of 1974 from Kisumu, Kenya. Embarrassed by a question from a visiting guest in the following year, who asked how many Lohanas lived in Toronto, he decided to hit the white pages and compile a list of “Lohana sounding names” with the help of Babubhai  Somani.
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Dear Lohana Community,
 
It is with deep humility that my family & I, once again, thank you for your confidence in me to serve the Lohana Samaj in the role of the 2017 President of the Lohana Charitable Foundation of (LCF). 
 
As you witnessed at the Annual General Meeting, the Lohana community is now in transition to the newer, younger generation ready to assume the leadership of the LCF. 
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Lohana Charitable Foundation 2017 picnic, Bruce Mills Conservation Park, ON. Canada.
 
 
 
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