Why Do We Celebrate? Honoring Diwali and Its History!

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Traditional Diwali diya, set on a small bejeweled dish, covered with flower petals. Inside the diya, a large wick is burning. The entire image is cast in warm orange light from the flame of the wick.

This year we explore the origins of the celebration of Diwali—the Festival of Lights shared by several religions and many cultures—and we learn how connections with Hinduism changed the course of our own root religions of Unitarianism and the Universalism. What opens up for us today when we hold this history with love and curiosity?

The music includes an extraordinary trance-like meditation from the Alegría Singers, “Om Namah Shivaya,” by David Avshalomov, based on an experience of transporting Hindu chant. And of course we will sing “Raguphati,” the Hindu hymn from our gray hymnal that celebrates multifaith harmony.

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We look forward to seeing you!

Worship Leader: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Worship Associate: Sundar Mudupalli