Interesting New York Times story about new Americans adapting Hindu immersion rituals to the beach.  Yeah, it's the Times, and you get all the genuflections to the Correct Causes.  And yet.
For the past two years, members of [Sadhana] and other volunteers have gathered once a month at the south end of the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge, which links Howard Beach and Broad Channel, to clean the beaches lining Cross Bay Boulevard, popular places for Hindus to perform the rituals. The group’s leaders have also visited Hindu temples to speak with priests and their congregations about adapting ancient traditions to modern environmental regulations.
It's all about being good neighbors.
Sadhana’s members have sought to show how religious practice can be compatible with environmental awareness, and have insisted that while the submersion of objects in water is important, worshipers need not leave them there.
And we're seeing the same pattern at work that has been present with other new arrivals to these shores.
Ms. Ramotar said that until about two years ago, the family would have left everything in the water. Asked whether any one person in the family had pressed for the change, she responded, “As a family, we all thought about it at the same time, that it was a wise thing to do.” But when her father turned away, she lowered her voice and whispered, “It’s always the younger generation that makes the change.”
That's how buying into America happens, dear reader.

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