SGI Members Around the World Celebrate May 3 Soka Gakkai Day
SGI members throughout the world celebrated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day, in their respective locales. On May 3, "Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace," an exhibition introducing the human rights and peace activism of three 20th century leaders, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Daisaku Ikeda, opened at a cultural center in La Guardia, Bolivia. The city's Education Council proclaimed May 3 as "Soka Education Day" and presented SGI President Daisaku Ikeda with a certificate of appreciation. These honors recognized the SGI-Bolivia members' contributions to the advancement of education through collaborative seminars and exhibits with local educational institutes and welfare organizations.
SGI-Paraguay celebrated Soka Gakkai Day on May 7 at their culture center in Asunción, Paraguay. National University of Itapúa Vice Rector Yilda Agüero de Talavera and Columbia University of Paraguay Rector Roberto Elias Canese joined in the celebration with other guests. Dr. Agüero concurred with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's assessment that women are the suns of their families and communities and said they are the "pillars" of world society. Reflecting on his meeting with Mr. Ikeda in Japan, Dr. Elias said he was struck by the SGI leader's strong sentiments for peace.
SGI-Thailand, which is marking its 45th anniversary, celebrated May 3 at a commemorative leaders' meeting at their center in Bangkok. The brass band and chorus performed.
On May 7, 180 SGI-Netherlands leaders met for a commemorative meeting at their center in Zeist.
On the same day, SGI-Belgium members held an event focusing on youth, at their center in Brussels.