Diverse American Celebrations of Diwali Scheduled in Boston and Iowa
- By Rajan Zed --
- 21 Oct 2014 --
Renowned religious statesman Rajan Zed recognizes and commends two celebrations of Diwali that prove the diverse practices of this international holiday.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts celebrating Diwali
Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFAB) is celebrating Diwali, Hindu festival of lights, on October 22.
This free event will include dance performances, creating rangoli designs, “Diwali around the World” presentation and talks.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, applauded MFAB for celebrating Diwali, most popular of Hindu festivals, calling it a “step in the right direction”.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d’Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to organize Diwali celebrations, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage and philosophical thought with the rest of the world.
According to Rajan Zed, Diwali aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up the lives and symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
MFAB, claimed to be “one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world” and whose history goes back to 1876, has a collection of about 450,000 works of art and receives over one million visitors annually. Malcolm Rogers is the Director of MFAB, whose ultimate aim is “to encourage inquiry”. An adult admission to MFAB usually costs $25.
Luther College, a college of the Lutheran Church affiliated to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a Christian denomination; will celebrate Hindu festival of lights, Diwali on October 26.
Lutheran college in Iowa to celebrate Hindu Diwali
The Diwali program will be followed by refreshments and “a time for conversation”.
Applauding Luther College for Diwali celebration, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, described it as a “remarkable interfaith gesture” and “a step in the right direction”.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged all USA universities and colleges to celebrate Diwali. Awareness about other religions thus created by such celebrations like Diwali would make the students well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of tomorrow, Zed added.
Rajan Zed pointed out that religion was a complex element of our lives and religion comprised much more than one’s own individual experience or specific tradition. God, as a sign of God’s munificence and benevolence, constructively wished presence of different faiths.
According to Zed, Diwali, most popular Hindu festival, aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up the lives and symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
Founded in 1861, women majority Luther College in Decorah (Iowa, USA) offers over 60 majors to about 2,500 students, who besides USA come from 25 countries. Dr.Paula J. Carlson is the President.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.