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Back to listMar 13, 2006

Bahrat (India) Soka Gakkai Members Hold Family Festivals in Soka Bodhi Tree Garden

From January 15 through March 5, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai members held family festivals at the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden in a suburb of New Delhi. Inviting family members, BSG members held unique, creative "family festivals" in appreciation for their families' support of their activities in the BSG and in society. The family gatherings were held every Sunday, as well as January 26, India's Independence Day, in the respective nine areas. In a message for the opening of the garden 13 years ago, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his hopes that in the future, great leaders would arise from among the people who visit the Soka Bodhi Tree Garden, just as its fragrant trees grow luxuriant with verdant leaves, and moreover, that the garden would serve as a gathering place of world leaders who will inspire one another and work together for the sake of world peace.

North Delhi Area held its festival on February 26, with 800 participants. Representative men's division members gave testimonials on successes and victories they have achieved in society through their practice of Nichiren Buddhism. Following performances of traditional north Indian dances by youth members, the venue moved outdoors for an enjoyable and relaxing outdoor picnic in view of the resplendent, natural scenery of the Bodhi Tree Garden.

Other areas held creative gatherings, full of colorful cultural presentations, choruses, and both creative and inspirational dances.