We are thankful for the presence of our Indian and Nepali friends, especially in the Gannon family.
Today begins the Festival of Diwali: originating in India in the Hindu community and observed as well in Sikhism, Jainism and Newar Buddhism (Nepal), it is the most important holiday of the year in India.
Its name comes from the contraction of “Deepa” and “Avali” which refers to the clay lamps in a row that are put out to represent the inner light that protects from darkness. This five-day festival of lights calls forth the significance of being of one mind and heart, so that we may create a culture of respect to bring peace to our communities and joy to our homes.
We are thankful for the presence of our Indian and Nepali friends, especially in the Gannon family, who bring gifts of peace and joy to enrich our community and to promote a culture of friendship and peace. Happy Diwali!
Dr. Walter Iwanenko, President