Swami Vivekananda's "Temple Universal" to Be Built in Chicago

November 1, 2002

Source: India Abroad

On November 1, 2002 India Abroad reported that "the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago... has drawn up a $6.5 million plan... to build a Temple Universal to promote harmony among religions in America. When [Swami Vivekananda] introduced Hinduism to America at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893... he expressed a desire to build a Temple Universal. The ashram will have guesthouses for visitors who will be given lessons in meditation, religion and spiritual practices, apart from providing facilities for meditation and yoga...

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Diwali in the U.S.

October 27, 2002

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

On October 27, 2002 The Salt Lake Tribune reported that "for the first time, the Salt Lake Public Library [in Utah] hosted a Diwali celebration Saturday afternoon at its Main Branch. It offered traditional Indian music and dance performances as well as children's activities, and about 125 people attended."

Diwali in the U.S.

October 26, 2002

Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles

On October 26, 2002 The Daily News of Los Angeles reported that "preparations are under way by the Hindu Indian community for the joyous five-day festival of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, that occurs this year on Nov. 4. During Diwali, one of the oldest of Hindu festivals, small lights known as diyas are illuminated inside and outside of homes and temples. The word Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word Deepavali. Deepa means 'light' and Avali means a 'row.' The Indian Cultural Center of Chatsworth [CA] will...

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Hindus Claim Shower Ad Degrades Major Hindu Deity

October 25, 2002

Source: Religion News Service

On October 25, 2002 Religion News Service reported that "a Hindu anti-defamation group is protesting a shower fixture ad that appeared in The New York Times, saying it contains a 'derogatory' depiction of a major Hindu deity."

Diwali in the U.S.

October 24, 2002

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

On October 24, 2002 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "the largest and perhaps most festive Hindu holiday, Diwali is widely celebrated throughout India and in Indian communities elsewhere. Diwali is known as the "festival of lights" and traditionally includes the lighting of oil lamps or candles. At least three organizations will hold public Diwali celebrations. Two will be Saturday in Shoreline and Seattle, with the third Nov. 2 in Seattle. The events feature classical and folk dances and food and arts,...

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Waukesha School Board President Urges Study of Religions in High School

October 22, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On October 22, 2002 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "the Waukesha School Board [WI] president is pushing a requirement for all students to study different religions in high school. In a memo to School Board members, William Domina said he wanted every student in the district to graduate with a basic knowledge of religions including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. 'Without this basic understanding, I am concerned that we have not provided our children with a full and complete education and that...

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Religious Diversity in Queens, New York

October 21, 2002

Source: Newsday

On October 21, 2002 Newsday reported on the "thousands of newcomers who live or worship in this spectacularly polyglot stretch of Flushing, which boasts Hindu and Buddhist temples, mosques, synagogues, Sikh gurdwaras as well as historic Catholic and Protestant churches dating, in a few cases, to the 17th century. In many ways, Bowne Street is a microcosm of the changing spiritual landscape of New York, which is being reordered by the powerful engines of immigration and globalization. If not quite a new Mecca or a Jerusalem, the New...

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Navarathri in Houston

October 19, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On October 19, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "for Hindus, Navarathri falls in an annual festive season - the lunar month that straddles October and November and brings family and friends out in a flurry of celebrations. Observances of Navarathri - which began Oct. 6 and ended Tuesday - vary depending on Hindu tradition. But for most, Navarathri is a festive prelude of food, song, dance and prayer leading to Diwali, the Indian festival of lights Nov. 4."