The Joint Celebration of the Holy Days of Five Faiths: DIVALI / EID AL -ADHA / GURU NANAK’S BIRTHDAY / ADVENT OF JESUS / HANNUKAH took place on Thursday 25th of November. It was a unique opportunity for faith communities to share together not only knowledge but also the spirit and significance of the day. What is revealed often are the similarities within the customs of the celebrations.
The evening began with an hour of informal “one on one” sharing over snacks where people could approach a representative of a certain faith to find out more about the holy day of their choosing. At 7:00 pm Mrs Sudesh Sharma began the formal presentations speaking about Divali and ending with a wonderful scriptural chant during Divali.
The second speaker was Dr Hojjat Ramzy who explained the customs of the Hajj. He was followed by two young people who shared beautifully about what Eid means to them. Both Shabnam Khan and Masood gave a very heartfelt account. Dr. Amarjeet Singh-Bhambra shared about the importance of the birthday of Guru Nanak which was very informative.
Rev. Ian Tattur, Minister of St Barnabas, (C of E) Church in South London, gave a very interesting insight into the origins of Advent month. This was followed by personal sharing about the holy period by Stephen Braddick, Manager of Chelsea Methodist Church. He demonstrated Jesus’s heart for the downtroden by his works, at the Methodist church.
Rev. Harriot and friends sang a beautiful song of Advent “Oh Come Oh Emanuel” and some of the audience joined in the chorus which brought togetherness.
Finally Marylyn Brummner, President of Jewish Women’s League gave a beautiful account of Hannukah. She explained what Hannakah means to families. It was filled with humour.
A meaningful and good time was had by all.