In May 2017, Australians celebrated Easwaramma Day with great joy. In Canberra, SSIO members joined 4,000 local walkers in this year’s 5-km Mother’s Day Classic Walk.

In New South Wales Region East, more than 300 people attended a beautiful event – a festive Sai Wonderland, created by the SSIO at the Strathfield Girls High School on 6th May 2017. Young adults and children dressed up as fictional characters inspired by the children’s classic, Alice in Wonderland. By their hard work, SSE students brought to life an impressive art exhibition, focused on three different topics: Spirit of Sacrifice, Devotion to God, and Love for the Motherland.

The Sathya Sai Centre of Bonnyrigg, a suburb of Sydney, and SSIO members from the New South Wales Region West participated in an interfaith event held by the Fairfield City Council on 13th May 2017. About 500 people attended the inspiring event, a celebration of the many cultures and faiths represented in that area.

SSE students took a prominent role in the Easwaramma Day celebrations of the Sathya Sai Centre of Blacktown, in Sydney’s western suburbs. The children narrated the story of Easwaramma and presented a mime performance, titled “Service to Mother Land,” to underscore the importance of living in peace, following Sathya Sai’s teachings on religious harmony. SSE students, ages two to eleven, also dedicated a song and a dance in honour of Mother Earth.

About 150 SSIO members celebrated Mother’s Day in Victoria Region West, in conjunction with Easwaramma Day. Another 100 people attended the Easwaramma Day celebrations in the Victoria Region East. SSE children of the local Sathya Sai Centres showcased four dramas, on the theme, “Walking in His Footsteps.” The programme was designed to help the children develop teamwork, collaboration, creativity, confidence, and practical application of Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings.

The Sathya Sai Centre of Springvale observed Buddha Poornima in conjunction with Mother’s Day, featuring unity-of-faith prayers.