Pluralism News – Festivals and Events

Dr. Mike Ghouse   August 8, 2019   Comments Off on Pluralism News – Festivals and Events

Some of the events and festivals coming up this month
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  1. Nag Panchami – 8/05
    Naga Panchami is a traditional worship of snakes or serpents observed by Hindus throughout India, Nepal and other countries where Hindu adherents live. The worship is offered on the fifth day of the bright half of Lunar month of Shraavana, according to the Hindu calendar. Pakistan is also opening an old closed down temple in Lahore in celebration of Nag Panchami – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naga_Panchami 
  2. Eid Al Adha – 8/11
    Sacrifice is the willingness to give up what is essential for our survival. It is about parents going to sleep without food but feeding their kids; it is clothing their kids while waiting to get their own. In the case of extremities, we would rather get the bullet and save our loved ones, we are willing to rescue the child from a freezing lake risking our own life, and even strangers do that. That is a sacrifice: the willingness to value the life of the loved ones over our own. Learn all about it at this link
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/eid-aladha-what-should-yo_b_4099426 
  3. Sufiana Ghazals by the award-winning artist Rekha Surya – 8/11- Washington DC
    Treat yourselves to an evening of classical Ghazals and Sufi poetry by the renowned singer who enthralls audiences with her renditions of Ghalib, Kabir, Faiz, Meer, Nasir Kazmi, Amir Khusro and others…  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rekha-suryas-classical-ghazal-program-washington-dc-tickets-64920339483 – More info below
  4. Sufiana Ghazals by the award-winning artist Rekha Surya – 8/17 – Dallas, TX
    Treat yourselves to an evening of classical Ghazals and Sufi poetry by the renowned singer who enthralls audiences with her renditions of Ghalib, Kabir, Faiz, Meer, Nasir Kazmi, Amir Khusro and others…  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rekha-suryas-classical-ghazal-program-dallas-texas-tickets-66097376031  More info below
  5. Pakistan’s Independence Day 8/14
    Happy Independence Day – Qaid Mela in Dallas is one of the biggest Pakistani events. There may be two events, I am sharing what was sent to me.
    Dallas – Qaid Mela on 8/16  https://psntonline.org/
    Ashburn, VA – https://allevents.in/ashburn/pakistan-independence-day/200017482873755
    Irving Texas. By Soch News https://secure.latest.facebook.com/events/529681301106772/ 
  6. India’s Independence Day 8/15
    Happy Independence Day- Dallas has one of the biggest celebrations of Independence Day called Anand Bazar, and it is done very well info at
    Dallas On 8/10 – http://www.iant.org/2019-08AnandBazaar.php
    Washington, DC – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/73rd-independence-day-celebrations-tickets-66350721795
    Centreville, VA – https://washingtondc.eventful.com/events/73rd-india-independence-day-celebrations-mika-s-/E0-001-126640843-1 
  7. Assumption of Mary – 8/15
    The Assumption of Mary into Heaven is, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy, the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assumption_of_Mary 
  8. Janmashtami – Krishna Jayanti – 8/24
    Janmashtami is the celebration of Sri Krishna’s birthday, the man who is the 8th Avatar (representation) of Vishnu; meaning the facet of the creator that manages the preservation aspect of life. Hinduism sees God in three broad categories; Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Brahma reflects the creator form of God, and Vishnu represents the preserver aspect of creation that inspires one to be righteous, and Shiva brings a finite ending to life. It is a part of the life cycle; every human is born, lives on, and finally disintegrates. http://centerforpluralism.com/janamashtami-lord-krishnas-birth-celebrations/ 
  9. Paryushan – 8/27
    Michami Dukadam is one of the most beautiful gifts presented by the Jain tradition to the world. Indeed, this phrase is one of the dearest expressions. 13 years ago, at the funeral prayers for Najma in the Richardson Mosque, I asked people to repeat “Michami Dukadam” and nearly 2100 people from all faiths and traditions present repeated the phrases, meaning everyone wanted to acknowledge the past, but release each other from any bondage and free oneself to continue with life. Then when I had a heart attack in 2013, I wrote a piece about it. http://www.theghousediary.com/michami-dukadam-starting-life-over-wi/What is Paryushan http://centerforpluralism.com/paryushan-a-jain-festival-of-forgiveness/ 
  10. India’s Future, A seminar – 8/28
    Who is not concerned about the social structure and business climate of India? Every Indian and every Indian American wants the best for India. Of course, India has a strong history of resiliency, and it will recover, in the meantime, every Indian, except the politicians, will bear the brunt of the chaos and insecurity. Speakers are invited. http://centerforpluralism.com/indias-future/ 
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