iOS app Android app

Diwali 2012

Diwali: Garlanding the Light of Diversity

Deepak Sarma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

While the other festivals have been celebrated throughout the Hindu diaspora, the malleability of the Diwali narrative and its pan-Indian nature has made it syncretistic.

Diwali Yoga in Columbia Heights

Dawn Cherie Araujo | Posted 11.14.2012 | DC
Dawn Cherie Araujo

For yoga instructor Holly Meyers, the lessons about the light and the dark drawn from Diwali are not for Hindus alone. She rightly notes that many faith traditions have similar constructs.

Bandi Chhor Divas Reflection: A Lesson In Selflessness

Rupinder Mohan Singh | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Rupinder Mohan Singh

As I have gradually increased my community involvement over the past year, the story of Bandi Chhor Divas is a reminder to look beyond oneself, and to use the privilege that has been conferred by the Creator to aid those who are less fortunate.

What Diwali Means: Love, Justice And Community

Allegra Wiprud | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Allegra Wiprud

As a convert to Hinduism, I often struggle to find meaning in our festivals and holidays. They're fun, but what are we really celebrating? Sometimes it's hard to find the meaning of the holiday amid all the cheer.

Seeking A Stamp Of Approval

Sumit Galhotra | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Sumit Galhotra

Stamps commemorating major religious holidays exist for Christmas, Hanukkah and Eid. However, one for Diwali, which is happening now, has yet to come to fruition.

President Obama's Diwali Message

Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion

Statement by the President on the occasion of Diwali: Today, here at home and across the globe, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists will celebr...

Why Do Hindus Celebrate Diwali?

Parth Parihar | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Parth Parihar

Diwali for me has always been something empowering: a time to reflect on all of the positives within our lives -- our loving friends and family, our good health, and prosperity -- and realize what it is truly important.

Diwali: Celebrating Light After Hurricane Sandy

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

I have a newfound meaning for Diwali. There is more to the festival of lights than lighting lamps, wearing fancy clothing and feasting. The real lesson of Diwali is to move beyond these material aspects in order to recognize the value light holds in our lives.

PHOTOS: India Lightens Up For Diwali

Posted 11.13.2012 | Travel

Known in India as the "Festival of Lights," the Hindu holiday Diwali is a cause for celebrations on a scale that should make Hanukkah blanche. The cel...

A Sikh Celebration Of Diwali

Immy Kaur | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Immy Kaur

My prayer and hope as people of faith is that we can practically apply the teachings of our Gurus to make a real difference, not as charity but as justice. For me today is a time to remember hope.

Christian Reflections On The Festival Of Lights

David Sorge | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
David Sorge

Tomorrow night, I will be lighting the candles outside my room. I light them as a celebration of the victory of Jesus, the light of the world, over the evil in the world.

PHOTOS: Diwali, The Festival Of Lights (LIVE UPDATES)

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 11.12.2012 | Religion

Happy Diwali! How are you celebrating Diwali this year? Share your story with us. Email your photos and reflections to us at religion@huffingtonpost.c...

A Diwali Meditation On Free Speech

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

May the words that we speak be always free, but free also in the most profound religious sense: free from the intention to hurt, free from falsehood, free from disrespect, and free from violence.

Diwali: What Muslims Can Learn From The Festival Of Lights

Aamir Hussain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

For Muslims, Diwali can be a time to reflect on complex spiritual and theological questions. The common symbolism of light is an excellent platform for interfaith dialogue and deep philosophical discussion.