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Diwali

For Hindu Americans, Long-Term Hopes for Pluralism More Than Just About Days Off

Murali Balaji | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Murali Balaji

As we celebrate Black History Month and remember the ongoing struggle for civil and human rights, one of the most striking lessons from history is that movements for social change never go smoothly.

Radhanath Swami Enlightens at EY Diwali Showcase

Radhanath Swami | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
Radhanath Swami

With the bright lights from the London skyline seeping into the ninth floor room at EY, one of the "big four" international professional services firms, Radhanath Swami gave his keynote address at their Diwali cultural showcase, "Life Beyond Borders".

Why a County School Board's Vote on Diwali Has National Implications

Murali Balaji | Posted 01.19.2016 | Education
Murali Balaji

The Howard County (MD) Board of Education's unanimous vote to approve Diwali (Deepavali) as a day off for students isn't just significant for the Hindu community there. It represents a broader discussion on pluralism in rapidly diversifying regions, and is likely to have national consequences as religious minorities grow in number.

Merry Christmas from My Muslim Family to Yours -- Whatever Your Religion (Or Not)

Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion
Sumbul Ali-Karamali

Celebrating all our American holidays, at least to some degree, would foster unity and goodwill. We are one country and we have much more in common than not.

How to Be With a Loved One With Dementia During the Holidays

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 11.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

"I am so sad. I want to see my son." I found her sitting in her wheelchair crying out for her one most beloved person in the whole world. Her son had ...

Holy Jealousy

Jim Burklo | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

Jealously is holy if it moves us to be better people. Jealousy is holy if it inspires one religious community to mimic the good things that other faith communities do.

Many Lamps, One Light: Lessons From the Dharma Dhamma Interfaith Conference on Diwali Day

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

In these tense times when debates on religion address little else but concerns about its abuse, the speakers at the Third Dharma-Dhamma Conference in ...

Lakshmi Magic on Diwali: May You Be Blessed With Wealth and Good Fortune

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Dearest Lakshmi, please come into my life. Fill my home with your sacred presence. Honor me with your protection and your prosperous ways. Please...

Festive Platters: A Feast for the Eyes

Mira Manek | Posted 11.11.2015 | Taste
Mira Manek

Whether it's for Diwali or for Christmas, why not put together your own fruit and treats platter for the upcoming feasts? It's all about how you prese...

24 Diwali Dogs Who Are Totally Down With Getting Pampered For Kikur Tihar

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion

These Nepalese dogs were treated to a day of pampering and kindness on Tuesday -- and it doesn't look like they're having a ruff time of it. November ...

How Diwali Helped Me Find Jesus

Reba Riley | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Reba Riley

Today I am an unabashed follower of the Way of Jesus, but I didn't get to spiritual peace without the help of other religions -- 30 of them, to be precise.

Diwali 2015: Celebrating The Festival Of Lights (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion

In 2015, Diwali, the festival of lights, will be celebrated on November 11 by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit deepava...

Diwali Bhel Bar

Mira Manek | Posted 11.09.2015 | Taste
Mira Manek

As vibrant as it is simple, this dazzling Bhel Bar makes for the perfect centerpiece to a Diwali spread. This crunchy, soft, sweet, savoury, lime a...

My Indian Sister

Peggy Payne | Posted 08.28.2015 | Women
Peggy Payne

One morning 24 years ago, I stepped out onto the second floor balcony of a flat on Kabir Nagar in Varanasi, India. A woman doing a household chore on the next balcony caught my eye. She said: Come to my house!

Meatless Monday: Indian Spice Meets American Speed in 'Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen'

Ellen Kanner | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

"I always wonder why people are not comfortable with Indian food," frets Richa Hingle. "It's so delicious." It's richly spiced, deeply nuanced, and above all, slow. "Indian food is about slow and patient."

5 Awesome Festivals in India You Shouldn't Miss

Alka Pratap | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Alka Pratap

Indian culture is pretty damn ancient and the variety of what it has to offer is quite mind-boggling. The festival of Diwali has just gone by for example, with its lights, colors, fireworks and delightful cuisine.

Celebrating Light and Liberation, Sikh Style

Sonny Singh | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
Sonny Singh

For Sikhs, the holiday is an occasion for a more politicized remembrance. On October 23, Sikhs celebrated Bandi Chhor Divas, or Prisoner Release Day.

What I Learned From Celebrating Diwali

Alka Pratap | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion
Alka Pratap

The Indian festival of Diwali is celebrated for a number of reasons. Legend has it that Lord Krishna slew the demon Narakasura on this day, and thus, Diwali has been celebrated every year to commemorate the event.

A Diwali Reflection: The Exchange of Lamps

Vineet Chander | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Vineet Chander

The heart is the place where we keep that which we treasure the most. What might it mean to make our hearts a temple?

PHOTOS: People Around The World Celebrate The Festival Of Lights

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.23.2014 | Religion

October 23 is a very special day this year for millions of Hindus, Jains and Sikhs around the world. It marks the day of Diwali, the festival of light...

Jaweed Kaleem

How Hindu-Americans Are Using Diwali To Teach About The Faith

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.23.2014 | Religion

The last time Manav Lalwani celebrated the holiday Diwali in his parents' home city of Mumbai, he was 6 years old. He remembers "lots, lots of firewor...

President Obama Extends Warmest Wishes for Diwali

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Kiran Ahuja

"Knowledge will defeat ignorance, and compassion will triumph over despair."

Incorporating an Understanding of Diwali in Your Classrooms

Murali Balaji | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

As Diwali becomes more of an American holiday, it's important to understand that it's easier now than ever before to incorporate a better sense of what Diwali and what it means into classrooms. That in itself is worth celebrating.

Celebrating Diwali 2014, The Festival Of Lights (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion

In 2014, Diwali, the festival of lights, will be celebrated on October 23 by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit deepaval...

Your Guide To The Most Raucous Religious Holidays All Year

Posted 02.28.2014 | Religion

With Carnival here and Mardi Gras right around the corner you might be wondering how a religious holiday could be so fun. Turns out, Carnival isn'...