Way back in 1993, I invited friends to celebrate thanksgiving in my backyard, I was completely taken back that many a immigrants who have been around for a long time had no idea about Thanksgiving. So, the program began as an introduction of thanksgiving to the immigrants. For the first 10 years, it was called “Desi Thanksgiving Celebrations” with predominantly people from the Subcontinent. But now it is a full blown mainstream event reprpesented by people of all faiths, races, ethnicities and nationalities.
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Sunday, November 20, 2016 – 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM – A dinner event.
You are invited to the 18th Annual Thanksgiving Celebrations & Awards Night
on Sunday, November 20, 2016
The purpose of celebrating this event is to thank the creator for helping us learn;
- to give thanks for the blessed life we all enjoy in these United States of America;
- celebrate the diversity of creation,
- to enjoy the cultural heritage of each ethnic group that makes America;
- to appreciate and recognize outstanding volunteers in each community;
- to gather together as Immigrant Americans with born Americans;
- to bring the new immigrants into our fold and,
- to accept, respect and appreciate each other’s uniqueness.
In the last 17 events, the spiritual groups including the Native Americans, Apache, Atheists, Baha’i, Buddhist, Cherokee, Choctaw, Christian, Hindu, Hopi, Jain, Jewish, Maya, Muslim, Shinto, Sikh, Tao, Wicca, Oloriya, Zoroastrian and communities from different races and ethnicities have come together to celebrate this event.
This year we intend to reach out to every possible tradition that we can trace and together we can celebrate this American Holiday of gratitude.
A presentation of the Center for Pluralism & The World Muslim Congress.
We are looking to present five cultural dances presented as a part of the evening;
1. Native American
2. Latin American
3. African American
4. Greek American
5. Indian – American
Over the last several events we have done most of the dances and it is time for the above. New ideas are always welcome.
The event is an expression of the Center for Pluralism, aka Foundation for Pluralism, Center for Studies in Religious pluralism and Secular Societies.
The uniqueness of the program is highlighted with the Turkey Carving ceremony, followed by Dinner. In previous years several dignitaries have performed the symbolic Turkey Carving. This year another dignitary will be honoring us with his/her presence.
Traditionally the evening has been dedicated to the Native Americans who have preserved the mother earth for all of us, it is their belief in nature and their caring for the land that we have come to cherish.
A few years ago, we honored Martin Luther King Jr., who awakened the conscience of this nation and prompted changes in the Civil Laws that have paved the way for most immigrants to make America their new home. All the South Asians and I are here today because of Reverend Martin Luther King’s reformation of our collective conscience.
The Jewish community has been a catalyst in creating a solid foundation for religious freedom in America. The Jewish community was honored for working to preserve the religious freedom in this country, they were hugely instrumental in making America for what it is today; God’s land, where all God’s creation can worship the creator every which way they want.
Mike Ghouse expresses his gratitude, ” We salute the Native Americans for nurturing survival and we salute Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jewish Community for their outstanding contributions in making us all proud of the United States of America. We admire the Muslim and Sikh communities for withstanding all the difficulties and humiliation that was unleashed on them after 911, and their courage to continue to remain steadfast in their loyalty and patriotism in contributing towards the growth of this great nation. A senior representative from each community will bless the ceremony.
The multi-cultural extravaganza will follow with an hour full of mystical and folk dances from all the 7 continents. A live band will entertain us all.
As a society it is our duty to recognize and appreciate the people who have made a difference in the communities we live in, and it is our pleasure to honor and encourage these individuals and organizations.
Sponsorships are invited to defray the cost of the event
Mike Ghouse, President
(214) 325-1916 | Washington, DC
Center for Pluralism aka America Together Foundation
Pluralism studies in religion, politics, society and culture
www.CenterforPluralism.com | M
Dr. Mike Ghouse is a community consultant, social scientist, thinker, writer, news maker, Interfaith Wedding officiant, and a speaker on Pluralism, Interfaith, Isla