The World No Tobacco Day is observed on May 31 every year, and this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for governments across the world to enact policies for plain packaging of tobacco products.
World No Tobacco Day – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji
WHO’s slogan for this year’s World No Tobacco Day is “Get ready for plain packaging” and in a statement released Tuesday, it said: “Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings. Plain packaging of tobacco products refers to measures that restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on packaging other than brand names and product names displayed in a standard colour and font style.”
According to WHO, about 6 million people die every year from tobacco-related illnesses. About 5 million die from direct tobacco use, and more than 600,000 deaths are caused by second-hand smoke.
Ratha Saptami or Rathasapthami (Sanskrit: रथसप्तमी or Magha Saptami) is a Hindu festival that falls on the seventh day (Saptami) in the bright half (Shukla Paksha) of the Hindu month Maagha. God Vishnu in his form as Surya (the Sun-God) is usually worshipped on this day. This day is considered as Arogya saptami also.
This day with reverence who worship the sun duly offered water and doing pujan by lotus, his Grieve becomes devoid as well as receive a son was part of the Sun. On this day who worshiped the sun god and do meditation would becomes stunning, invincible and rich wealthy. (Narad-agnipuran)
Arogya saptami or arogyavrtam (Ratha Saptami) is considered as highly meritorious for those who are suffering from various illness, ailments and disorders. Devotees observe fast or upavas during whole day and break their fast on next day. Those who observe fast, vrata become free from disease and enjoy a healthy life.
Ratha Saptami also marks the birth of Surya to sage Kshyapa and his wife Aditi and hence celebrated as Surya Jayanti (the Sun-god’s birthday). A legend is narrated by the Kamboj empire’s King Yashovarma, a noble king who had no heir to rule his kingdom. On his special prayers to God, he was blessed with a son. The king’s vows did not end with this, as his son was terminally ill. A saint who visited the king advised that his son should perform the Ratha Saptami Pooja to Sun god (worship) with reverence to rid of his past sins. Once the King’s son performed this, his health was restored and he ruled his kingdom well. It is also said that sage Bhisma breathed his last breath fourth day after the Rathasaptahmi day on ekaadashi.
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