In the picture taken after the Diwali proclamation at Carson City Board of Supervisors on November three, from left to right, are — supervisors Shelly Aldean, Karen Abowd, Mayor Robert Crowell, Hindu leader Rajan Zed, Molly Walt and John McKenna. (Photo by: M.L. Bates)
Nevada’s capital Carson City in USA issued a proclamation on November three “recognizing the religious and historical significance of the festival of Diwali”.
Carson City Mayor Robert L. Crowell read the proclamation in the meeting of Carson City Board of Supervisors and then presented it to Hindu statesman Rajan Zed.
Reading out of the proclamation, Mayor Crowell said: I “do hereby recognize the historical and religious significance of Diwali, the festival of lights, and appreciate the religious diversity in both India, the United States and throughout the world and acknowledge and support the relationship of collaboration and respect between the United States and India.”
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, thanked Mayor Crowell and Supervisors on the occasion for honoring the community and recognizing their most popular festival. Zed stresses that all religions should work together for a just and peaceful world and that dialogue would bring us mutual enrichment.
Besides others, Minister of the Unity of the Sierra Church of Carson City, Larry Schneider, was also present.
Diwali aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up the lives and symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Besides Hindus; Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists also celebrate Diwali, which fell on October 26 this year. Hinduism is oldest and third largest religion of the world with about billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.
President Barack Obama offered a Diwali statement last week from the White House. He said in America and around the world, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists will celebrate the holiday of Diwali – the festival of lights. Many who observe this holiday do so by lighting the Diya, or lamp, which symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.
“I was proud to be the first President to mark Diwali and light the Diya at the White House, and last year Michelle and I were honored to join in Diwali celebrations during our visit to India,” said Obama.
“Diwali is a time for gathering with family and friends and — as we experienced in India — celebrating with good food and dancing. It is also a time for contemplation and prayer that serves as a reminder of our obligations to our fellow human beings, especially the less fortunate. To all who are observing this sacred holiday here and around the world, Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak.”