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MONTGOMERYVILLE, PHILADELPHIA, February 18, 2001: As America has become a more multicultural nation, the youth today are free to express their religious and cultural roots without the fear of being misunderstood or ridiculed. So expounds the author of this essay while recalling the most auspicious festival of her religion, Maha Sivaratri. As a teen she expresses her fascination with the night dedicated to Lord Siva and the intensity of the celebrations that left a deep impression on her youthful mind. The bathing of the Siva Lingam, the chanting of Sri Rudram by the priests and the fasting proceeding the annual event filled and thrilled the young Hindu. These traditions have been passed on to her own daughter who openly brings a friend along to the temple to partake in the celebration.