There is room for tolerance and unity

2013-11-02 00:00

TOMORROW the night sky will be lit with colourful fireworks as Hindus celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights.

In November 2010, a Westville businessman threw eggs at his neighbours and insulted them for celebrating Diwali. The Witness reported that he finally apologised for his actions this year.

This incident showed that there may be difficulties in accepting the diversity of other religions or cultures, but there is room for tolerance and unity.

This can be seen in the union of Kim and Ishall Sing.

Kim, from a Christian family, married Ishall in May this year after knowing him for eight years. She converted to Hinduism and now embraces both religious sides of her family.

“There was no clash when I got married and converted; all the family were accepting and happy. All my brothers-in-law married coloured women and we all learn from each other,” Kim told Weekend Witness.

Kim learns a lot from her mother-in-law, who took her shopping in preparation for Diwali. She has invited the Christian side of the family to join in the celebrations.

“We will be lighting lamps and making sweetmeats for everyone. We will be praying and exchanging gifts to celebrate Diwali,” said Kim.

When Christmas time comes, her family will be putting up a tree and will celebrate with the Christian side of the family.

Angeline Anthony, Kim’s mother, is happy to be included in her in-laws’ Diwali celebrations.

“We normally watch the fireworks display together and enjoy all the eats and treats. Even though we are Christian, we have no problems with any religion. All religion is a moral compass for life,” said Anthony.

The Sings’ five-year-old son Breydan has completely embraced his dual-religious heritage.

“He is so excited to put on his new Hindi outfit for Diwali and is already telling us what presents he wants for Christmas,” said Kim.

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