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Prince George: Leicester's Hindu community celebrates

Leicester's Hindu community are today celebrating the birth of Prince George Credit: Pukaar News

Leicester's Hindu community are today celebrating the birth of Prince George.

Hindus celebrate the birth of a child on the sixth day (known as Chaathi) in order to offer protection to the new-born baby.

Hindus celebrate the birth of a baby on the sixth day of its life Credit: Pukaar News

Today's celebrations, organised by British Hindu Voice, will involve traditional Indian music and the distribution of Indian sweets.

Celebrations are taking place today in Leicester city centre Credit: Pukaar News

Hindu celebration for Prince George in Leicester

Prince George was born on Monday Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

A Hindu celebration for Prince George's birth will take place in Leicester today.

The event, organised by the British Hindu Voice in Leicester, will include music, dancing and food.

Hindus celebrate the birth of babies on the 6th day, known as Shashthi, to ensure the protection of the newborn baby.

As part of the ceremony a card and gifts will be presented to Lady Gretton who is representing the Queen.

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'Only 1.3% of people registered for organ donation are Asian'

Any barriers putting members of the Asian community off donating organs will be tackled at a conference in Leicester today.

Although almost a quarter of all patients awaiting transplantation are of Asian origin, only 1.3% of subjects registered for organ donation are from an Asian background. Our main aim is to address this huge discrepancy by raising awareness of the importance of organ donation, and providing specific information to allow Hindus to feel more comfortable about this issue. We need to help to make a difference and save lives.

– Dr Sejal Saglani, Head of BAPS Health Care and volunteer of BAPS Charities

Raising awareness about organ donation within the Asian community

A temple in Leicester is encouraging people to consider organ donation Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A temple in Leicester will be encouraging people to consider organ donation today.

At the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir they want people to know that Hinduism is fully supportive of organ donation.

There will be speeches from medical experts and testimonies from donors and recipients.

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