Richmond Virginia Dominion Garden Fest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical
Phoenix Botanical Garden, Scottsdale, Arizona “Las Luminarias” The Lights
Here are but two botanical gardens thousands of miles apart lighting up the dark winter nights of December. The two gardens are not only miles apart but geographically different. Phoenix is in the Sonoran Desert with a garden filled with cacti and exotic desert plants. The Lewis Ginter Garden is located in the Piedmont section of Virgina East of the Blue Ridge Mountains marked by low rolling hills and farms and native plants such as Dogwood and azaleas.
Half way around the world, in Incredible India, the majority faith system of Hindus celebrates the winter festival of Diwali, a festival of lights.
Twinkling candles fill the sparkling cleaned homes and joyfully fill the night sky with bursting fireworks.
Hanukkah is a Jewish festival of lights celebrating the miracle of a lighted lamp which burned for eight days on enough oil for only one day. Candles of the Menorah are prominent in the 8 days of Hanukkah.
At Christmas Christians celebrate with candles, the faith of believers, and the birth of Christ, declared as “the light of the world” in the gospel of John
During these dark cold nights and short days of light, these celebrations, both secular and religious, are important to people of all faith systems by filling the world with the joy of light.
Celebrate and enjoy!