From Germany to Vanuatu SGI Members Celebrate Soka Gakkai Day
On May 3, SGI members around the world celebrated Soka Gakkai Day. It was on May 3, 1951, that Josei Toda was inaugurated as the second president of Soka Gakkai, and on May 3, 1960, Daisaku Ikeda became the third president. May 3 is also celebrated as Mother's Day, symbolizing the vital role that women play within the SGI.
In Germany, a meeting was held at the SGI-Germany Culture Center in Frankfurt on April 28, in conjunction with May 3 celebrations. A few members shared their experience of having visited Japan together with other international SGI representatives in March and an SGI member who is an opera singer shared her experience of practicing Buddhism.
On May 3, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) held a commemorative May 3 meeting at the BSGI Brasília Culture Center in the Federal District of Brasília. Some 500 people attended, including District Deputy Érika Kokay and Assembly Member Arlete Sampaio. BSGI members around the country also held meetings to celebrate the day.
The municipal government of Rio de Janeiro also commemorated May 3, SGI Day, at the Rio de Janeiro City Council Chamber with City Council member Roberto Monteiro and 250 local people in attendance on May 8.
SGI-Panama held their May 3 celebrations on May 6, in five venues throughout the nation with some 800 people attending.
Members in the Pacific Islands also celebrated the symbolic day in the city of Port Villa in the Republic of Vanuatu on May 5.
[Adapted from the May 10, 12, 19, 23 and 26, 2012, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan, photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]