I’ve stated in my old posts that before I converted to Catholicism, I was “practising” (in the sense that I wasn’t strictly adhering to their philosophy) Hinduism and Buddhism. And in between conversion, and that random following of the two, I was an atheist.
Back to the subject : One of the biggest festivals of Hinduism is just knocking on the doors this month. Although, I won’t be worshipping, receiving and giving gifts, I just want to be a part of this cheerful celebrations by just saying " Happy/greetings of Diwali". And my neighborhood - an Indian family of lecturers/professors will be inviting me over dinner.
I’d like to go. But I remember(ed) that once, a devout Christian even refrained from receiving any words of greetings of the occasion, let alone go for a festive lunch/dinner. The opinion was that it’s wrong and sinful to participate in any other celebrations that is not in the name of Jesus.
Should I politely decline the invitation?