Hindus celebrated Dashera - Festival of Dashera concludes the festival of Navaratri, and the holy day also commemorates the triumph of good over evil
Jews celebrated Yom Kippur - also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for religious Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance
Muslims celebrated Id-ul -Fitr - it signifies the end of Ramadan - the islamic holy month of fasting -Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiṭr means "to break fast"; and so the holiday symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period.
Now to me this is very ironic and raises a lot of questions -
1) How come all religions have overlapping "holy" days?
2) Why is this month a month of fasting and repentance?
3) All the religions are basically trying to achieve HIM by their different actions of religions indulgences - why then this great divide between You and Me - Your Faith and Mine - Your God vs Mine
Some questions always remain as questions and it is upon US to choose to celebrate and enjoy these differences or bicker about them.
I for myself enjoy all the festivals and have been lucky to have friends in many different faiths and religions - I believe in celebrating LIFE AS A WHOLE and savor all its varieties.
The title of the post and the thoughts that made me write the above note -
ONE is a song that is playing in the background performed by U2 - the biggest rock group in the world currently - and Bono its lead singer has been a proponent of various non profit awareness programs and a strong voice against many injustices around the world.
The band is actively involved in improving human rights around the world with organizations such as Make Poverty History, Live 8 and Bono’s DATA campaign
Last week I was able to see them perform at U2 360 Concert at Giants Stadium - New Jersey. It was a spectacular event - with a crowd of 82000 plus - singing, chanting and simply being ONE with music the most powerful weapon in the world. (no wonder Apple and its I tunes sold more than a billion song some time back).
I am unable to portray my experience in words - I have been listening to them since my high school days and finally was thrilled to see them live.
Here are some pictures and also a link to You Tube - some videos that I posted.
Here is the link to the videos - You Tube Ceedyreflections
Don't forget we all are ONE in spite of our differences.