This season’s theme will also tackle current topics we face including the coronavirus pandemic. Khanna recognizes there’s a lot of fear and we must all eventually die, but we should do all the right things in response.
The Hindu approach to dealing with the pandemic includes practices such as yoga and meditation and helping by having compassion to aid others through charitable works. The local Hindu community has responded by making masks.
“We see the divinity in all and there is no reason to have bias against color, creed or gender,” said Khanna.
Like most others, the Hindu community has also had to make adjustments to its observances in this time of social distancing and cautiousness. October is the month of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, and the Springfield community usually celebrates it with a large celebration at the John Legend Theater.
In 2020, it will be celebrated virtually with dancing and skits and special chanting.
“We will be celebrating, but from our homes,” said Khanna
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