Faiths represented in musical tribute

Members of many religious groups performed dance and song significant to their faith in the Salt Lake Tabernacle Feb. 20.

The concert culminated a month of events, with the theme “Many Faiths, One Family,” that celebrated Utah’s religious diversity and promoted unity.

Presiding Bishop H. David Burton represented the Church in hosting the event.

The annual Interfaith Musical Tribute originated the Sunday evening before the 2002 Olympics. The Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable designated the evening as a time of prayerful reflection in preparation to welcoming the world to Utah.

Sahana Kargi, 9, performs Hindu dance during the Interfaith Musical Tribute in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Sunday, Feb. 20. The annual event originated the Sunday before the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Sahana Kargi, 9, performs Hindu dance during the Interfaith Musical Tribute in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Sunday, Feb. 20. The annual event originated the Sunday before the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Declared as “Interfaith Month” by the governor of Utah, February is intended to keep alive the legacy and spirit of global harmony and understanding inspired by the Olympics.

A variety of events at synagogues, chapels, Hindu temples and other locations preceded Sunday’s concert to showcase the traditions, practices and strengths of Utah’s religious community.