Of all mutitudes of deities and gods that constitute the Hindu religion, lord Ganesh is probably the most loved and revered of all, regardless of individual beliefs and customs. Considered the god of good beginnings and wisdom. I have learned that it is in his name that new ventures were undertaken and important life decisions were made. Today, I pay homage to all my Indian friends who became second family to me (you know who you all are) who are kind enough to welcome, and share with me a part of your beautiful tradition that through the years of celebrating the Diwali Festival with you, has become part of me. My spirit is in so much solidarity tonight. Much love to you all!