Monday, October 19, 2009

The President's Message for Diwali

This past weekend marked the celebration of Diwali, an important festival in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and an official holiday in India and Nepal. It's known as the "Festival of Lights" and celebrates the triumph of good over evil and in particular the awareness of one's inner light. Here is the president's Diwali message. Why did Obama deserve to win recognition from the granters of the Nobel Peace Prize? Choosing to do a respectful and educational address that shifts the discussion from conservative one-religion dominated rhetoric to a message of reaching past presumed differences to create pathways of understanding and commonality across the globe is a big piece of it.

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