Source: Los Angeles Daily News
On April 29, 2006 the Los Angeles Daily News reported, "Whether you simply fold your hands to pray or use a tingsha, singing bowl, rosary, siddur, azan clock, mala, sage prayer stick, icon or mantra, the Valley Interfaith Council is inviting community involvement in its seventh annual Interfaith National Day of Prayer on Thursday evening... Unlike the Valley Interfaith Council's panel discussions on spiritual practices, a question-and-answer opportunity won't be part of the prayer program. Instead, one of the 90-minute event's goals will be to create an oasis of peace. An annual day of prayer was created by proclamation of the Continental Congress in 1775; in 1952, Congress established a National Day of Prayer. In 1988, President Reagan permanently set the observance for the first Thursday of every May."