Highway to Heaven Association (HTHA) Celebrating BC Day on August 03, 2015
World’s major religions - Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism – Joined Heaven Association and are doing an excellent job in promoting mutual understanding and intercultural harmony
Richmond, BC, Canadam June24,2015
NRIpress-Club, USA/ & Balwant Sanghera of Canada
Richmond is a great model of multiculturalism. Our No. 5 Road is home to more than twenty prominent places of worship. Some of the world’s major religions - Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism – are well represented on this Highway To Heaven. The presence of some very impressive places including a mosque, a gurdwara (Sikh Temple),a Hindu Temple, various Christian churches, a monastery, a pagoda are just some of the places of worship that stand out and call #5 Road their home. Furthermore, there are a number of religious schools that complement the places of worship very well. Thus, it is a true reflection of the Canadian Mosaic.
This Highway to Heaven is a great attribute to Richmond’s respect for diverse cultures and faiths. To their credit, City of Richmond, Richmond School District and various other agencies are doing an excellent job in promoting mutual understanding and intercultural harmony. In a sense, it is a total community effort to create such an environment. More than three years ago, representatives of a number of places of worship along this stretch of #5 Road came to-gether to form the Highway To Heaven Association (HTHA). Last year, for the first time HTHA was pleased and proud to participate in the Steveston Salmonfest Canada Day Parade.
The HTHA Float was very well received by the community. This year again, HTHA would be joining the Parade with its Float decorated with banners of all of the participating places of worship. Also, for the first time this year, HTHA will be celebrating the BC Day on Monday, August 3. The venue will be the Lingyen Mountain Temple, 10060 #5 Road (at Williams). Mayor Malcolm Brodie, M.P. and Minister of State for Seniors, Alice Wong and Richmond East MLA and Speaker of the B.C. Legislature, Linda Reid, have accepted our invitation to join us on August 3. A number of other dignitaries are also expected to attend.
The program will commence at 11AM on Monday, August 3 and conclude around 2 PM. The VIPs will be bringing greetings around noon on that day. There will be information booths by the participating places of worship. Furthermore, there will be on-going multicultural entertainment throughout.
Lingyen Mountain Temple will provide complimentary vegetarian lunch from 12 to 1PM to the attendees. Admission is free and there is ample free parking. On behalf of the Highway To Heaven Association I would like to invite your readers and the community to join us in celebrating the B.C. Day in Richmond on Monday, August 3.
Balwant Sanghera, Chairperson, Highway To Heaven Association. Richmond,B.C.
Gurdwara Nanak Niwas
Nanak Niwas Gurdwara is the first religious institution to build on No.5 Road. In 1969 the building, originally a church, was transformed into a Gurdwara. Meet with Avtar for a guided tour of the facility and a brief talk about the Indo-Canadian community and the Sikh religion. Gurdwara Nanak Niwas is the third stage of the historical journey of Gurdwaras of Vancouver. First Stage was the gurudwara at 1866, 2nd Ave, Vancouver and the Second stage was Gurudwara at 8000 Ross Street, Vancouver.
Hindu Ram Krishna Mandir
In the Vedic Cultural Centre
For an interactive experience at the Hindu Ram Krishna Mandir, everyone is welcome to join-in yoga classes at the Vedic Cultural Centre on Mondays from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Tuesdays/Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
The Ram Krishna Mandir at the Vedic Cultural Centre has an exuberant display of statues representing gods and goddesses from the vast Hindu pantheon of deities. The main stage, festooned in scarlet drapes and marigold garlands, has effigies of the main characters-Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman-from the epic story of the Ramayana. The goddess Durga (who removes afflictions) is resplendent in a shimmering gold brocade costume; Parvati, the wife of the god Shiva, is dressed in deep pink, with gold embroidery spangling her skirts.
Richmond Bethel MB Church
We believe in God as eternal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God created and sustains the universe. The eternal purpose of God the Father is to create a people who will bring glory to God forever. God alone is worthy of worship.
We believe that God became human in Jesus Christ. Jesus came to restore the world because humans have rejected God in disobedience. Jesus taught and modeled the way of God's kingdom. He died on the cross, making it possible for us to accept a renewed relationship with God. He rose from the dead, broke the power of sin and death, and frees us to live in obedience to God's will.
We believe that God the Holy Spirit invites all people to be reconciled with God and to join the global family of faith
Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre
Since 2002, this 9.8-acre site has housed a multi-purpose facility featuring a mosque, congregational halls, an independent Islamic school, a Sunday school and full-sized gymnasium. Special guided tours for the public are available at set times and include: the sacred. prayer hall, live demonstrations of Muslim prayer and displays on the basic beliefs and practices of Islam. Chai and light snacks served.