Sunday, September 14, 2003

Hindu festival celebrates culture, welcomes all

Faith Matters

By Karen Vance
Enquirer contributor

INDIAN HILL - Folk dances, authentic food and a discussion of Hindu culture will be a part of Hindu Heritage Day Saturday.

"We're trying to create an awareness among people in the area of the Hindu culture," said Gaurav Mantro, one of the organizers.

The Cincinnati Chapter of the World Hindu Council is sponsoring the event 6-11 p.m. at the Livingston Lodge, 9350 Gibson Road.

The council, which locally supports classes for children and adults, expects about 200 people from all religious and cultural backgrounds at the event, Gaurav said. Proceeds go to schools in tribal and remote areas of India.

For advance tickets, e-mail or call Renu Gupta at 860-1151 or Mantro at 398-7714.

Loveland prayer service

Transformation Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, the group responsible for a prayer service this summer in Great American Ball Park, is hosting another service 4-10 p.m. Saturday in the Loveland High School stadium.

The service is intended to unite people of all ages, races and Christian denominations in asking that Cincinnati be transformed into a Christ-centered city of prayer, said Gary Wilkins, a member of the organizing group.

For information about Transformation, visit Web site.

Ukranian symphony

The Kyiv Symphony and Chorus, a 160-member orchestra and chorus, will perform at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Eighth and Elm streets downtown, 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The group, which performs Slavic and Western music, was formed by a Christian mission in the former Soviet state to benefit Christian outreach and ministry to the residents of Kiev.

For advance tickets, call 621-4144.

To submit religion news, e-mail or send a fax to 755-4150.

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