NEWBERRY — People from different walks of faith displayed their beliefs and character Sunday afternoon at the Newberry Opera House in a celebration of faiths that included song, dance, drumming and readings.
The event included representatives of Baha’l, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Native American, Pagan and other faiths.
Many performances were done in the faith’s language, such as a renditions of Amazing Grace by the Native American choir. A Baha’l dancer acted out her faith, which believes the soul is the first to recognize God and challenges everyone to be followers of the light of God, while Pagan songs represented the changing of the seasons.
The event was part of the the S.C. Interfaith Harmony Month, which encourages people to foster an appreciation for the different faiths, beliefs and cultures in the region.
A proclamation naming January as South Carolina Interfaith Harmony Month and signed by Gov. Nikki Haley was presented to the group and given to the Opera House.
A similar event will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and will feature art, ethnic food and group discussions. The gathering is being presented by the Interfaith Partners of South Carolina.