Monthly Archives: October 2013

Busy

Diwali, celebrated in early November , is one of the most important religious celebrations in Gujarat. It is called ‘the Festival of Lights.’  Hindus will begin preparations for the holiday long before the celebrations begin.  They clean house and make … Continue reading

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Joint heirs

God is moving among the Bhil people in southern Gujarat.  People in several churches have been learning not only how to share their faith, but also how to teach others to share the Good News.  A tribal group and mostly … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage is not required in the Hindu religion, but still millions will make pilgrimage every year.  For over 2000 years, Hindus have been journeying to holy places, wanting to look upon the ‘god’ or seek a boon.  It is not … Continue reading

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Bakri Eid

On October 15, Muslims in Gujarat and all around the world celebrate Bakri Id, or Eid-Al-Adha, in commemoration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son before God.  Celebrations include new clothes, ritual prayers and holy readings, family gatherings and special … Continue reading

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Devotion

Navratri is drawing to a close.. Devotion, however, has not diminished. Worshipers continue to gather around the shrines, singing and chanting with just as much enthusiasm as the first night. Pray for all who gather for the last nights of … Continue reading

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A spiritual experience

For some involved in Navratri, it is all about the fun–the music, dancing, crowds. For others, this is an intensely spiritual occasion. Many will give up certain foods for the duration as a purifying experience. They will dance as a … Continue reading

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There is no peace

Psalm 46:10  “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” As Navratri continues, the noise of revelry covers Gujarat.  People swirl in their bright costumes, loudspeakers … Continue reading

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