Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Celebrating the Festival of Lights in the Bay Area

One of the exciting things about living here in the Bay Area, is the diversity of cultures and faiths. My daughter's school is great at helping promoting this diversity and recently celebrated Diwali, the Festival of Lights with the teachers and children. This was an initiative by the mothers, and I was delighted to be included in this celebration.

Diwali has many meanings to many people, but the one I like most is that it is the celebration of the victory of good over evil. This is the day that lights are put up to rule out darkness and to celebrate its victory over evil. A very universal struggle within and without all of us, and it was just a great treat to have people of all faiths and cultures celebrate this notion together here in the Bay Area! Great effort of unity in action!

Baha’u'llah has written“The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established. ”“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”… Something for me to remember as I celebrate Diwali with my friends here.


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