New Year Greetings

In Thailand’s Songkran celebration, younger people would pour water over the hands of their elders, as a sign of paying respects. In turn, their elders would give blessings for the coming year.

New Year celebrations abound this week for our friends in many parts of Asia – including India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh, and many Malaysians of Indian origin, too.  As families gather in joyful reunions to welcome the New Year, there are also communities who are facing challenges, including not being able to meet their basic needs.

In any and all circumstances, these celebrations are not about the magnitude of our material gains and exhilaration, but a time to forge meaningful and spiritual ways of connecting with loved ones across generations with values of piety, respect, and kind appreciation for each other.  When we embrace the true spirit of these traditional festivals, we discover gratitude, compassion and blessings in every moment.

Join us to wish a ‘Happy New Year’ to all our friends celebrating this week and also bear thoughts of loving-kindness for those who continue to brave circumstances outside their control.  May this coming year bring peace and well-being to people around the world.