The blessings of a sunny Easter weekend offer a chance to reflect

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Meanwhile, Sydney’s small Jewish community gathered Friday night for a traditional Passover meal with their families to commemorate the biblical story of the pharaoh’s escape from slavery in Egypt.

At mealtimes, parents talk to their children about their obligation to continue the millennial struggle against oppression. It’s a message that resonates strongly now that the carnage in Ukraine is conjuring up memories of the Holocaust.

Sydney’s 25,000 Sikhs celebrated Vaisakhi on Thursday, which primarily honors the day in 1699 when the religion was born as a collective faith. It’s celebrated with colorful processions and street fairs, but its deeper message is to stand up for what you believe in and to tolerate difference.

For two weeks, Sydney’s 250,000 Muslims have been observing Ramadan, following the teachings of their prophet Muhammad.

Rising for the traditional dawn meal, they abstain from food and drink all day, even while working, then join family and friends in the evening to break the fast at the traditional dawn meal. iftar.

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Muslims see Ramadan fasting as a time to pray and focus on their inner lives, a need felt by many in a materialistic and uncertain world.

Yet iftar parties, which are often public affairs and take place every night in the streets of Islamic areas such as Lakemba, are also a wonderful celebration of community.

A lot Herald readers, either because they adhere to other religions or because, like a third of Sydneysiders, they have no religious beliefs, will not participate directly in any of these festivals.

But if we are to live together in harmony, it is essential that we all respect each other’s beliefs and learn from each other.

It starts with acknowledging and tolerating differences.

Modern Australia is a multicultural society where people of all religions and no religion are equally valued as citizens.

On this wonderful weekend, the weather invites us, whatever our religious beliefs, to reflect on the beauty we share and to focus on the spiritual and moral values ​​that unite us.

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