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Salam, Shalom, Greetings of Peace
The weeks around the calendar new year is a time of reflection and celebration for many people of faith. Ending last week, Jews celebrated Hanukkah, Christians are celebrating Christmas and many Hindus Pancha Ganapati, a festival of new beginnings. Muslims may look back on the Day of ‘Ashura (in November this year) and ahead to Mawlid an-Nabi (January in 2013), the period of the birth of the Prophet, while many Buddhists celebrated Bodhi day (the commemoration of the Buddha’s enlightenment) in early December and are anticipating Parinirvana day (the day of the Buddha’s passing into Nirvana) in February. May we all reflect on our shared values, celebrate our differences, and embrace our interdependence.
Whatever your tradition, ING wishes you a blessed holiday season and joy and peace throughout this coming year.