Gandhi Birthday Celebration at Peace Garden

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Photo of statue of Mahatma Gandhi by ccarlstead via Flickr Creative Commons.

The 148th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, apostle of peace and nonviolence, also known as the father of human rights in the 20th century and patron saint of the peace movement globally, will be observed on Oct. 4 in the Peace Garden at Fresno State. The observance will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and includes garlanding and a flower ceremony in addition to messages by special guest speakers, a musical tribute, classical Indian dance, a pledge against hate and violence, meditation and a candlelight vigil for world peace.

Special guest speakers invited are Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula and Professor Fred E. Woods of Brigham Young University. Dr. Joseph I. Castro, president of Fresno State, has issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 27 to Oct. 7 for a “Stop the Hate, Stop the Violence: Build a Culture of Peace Commemoration” at Fresno State. There will also be photo exhibition on the “Life of Mahatma Gandhi” from Sept. 27 to Oct. 11 at the Henry Madden Library.

The birthday celebration is sponsored by several groups including the Indian Students Club at Fresno State; the PAX 110 Class: Peace Building and Conflict Transformation, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Department of Philosophy; the Cross-Cultural and Gender Center; Trabajadores de la Raza; the United Hindu Coalition of Central California; SGI-USA (Fresno); and the Gandhi Memorial Education Fund.

For more information, contact at 559-435- 2212.