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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 | 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'...

Hindus In New Jersey Petition For Diwali School Holiday

Religion News Service | Katherine Davis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Jyoti Sharma fondly remembers Diwali festivities from her childhood in India. The Hindu festival of lights is observed every autumn with prayers...

Why We Should Respect All Cultural Celebrations

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Molly Alexander Darden

Every American stands on the shoulders of courageous, hard-working ancestors who came here from another country, bringing their cultures with them. Each of us is justifiably proud of our culture and heritage, and we deserve to see them respected, if not honored.

A Tree Grows in Mumbai

Padmini Parthasarathy | Posted 02.24.2014 | Religion
Padmini Parthasarathy

I was raised an American Hindu who feels more nostalgia for December pine in New York than October sulfur in Mumbai. I didn't think I would see a Christmas tree this year. And this one was startlingly alive, outside, swaying between private mourning and public celebration.

5 Lesser-Known Holidays Around The World

Posted 11.24.2013 | Travel

With Thanksgiving is on deck and winter celebrations are in the near future, America is abuzz with holiday preparations until New Year's Day. You ...

Happy Diwali From Michelle Obama

Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion

The White House celebrated Diwali by lighting the White House diya, as Michelle Obama addressed the gathering in the Blue Room. This marks the fifth t...

Happy Diwali: Let's Transform Ourselves, Our Communities and Our Country Through UtsavSeva

Anju Bhargava | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

Together we've come a long way, sevaks! In April 2009, when I joined the President's Inaugural Advisory Council, the words Dharma and Seva were new terms for the White House officials.

Deepvali: Enlightenment Through the Festival of Lights

Manjula Kumar | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Manjula Kumar

At this time of the year as Mother Nature displays a stunning palette of shimmering colors -- from bronze to russet to burnished yellow to ochre and the most subtle shades of green -- Hindus celebrate DEEPAVALI/DIWALI or the Festival of Lights with its own colorful and meaningful promise.

Celebrating Diwali

KidSpirit | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Diwali is a quiet event in the Himalayan mountains. But in Calcutta, Diwali is celebrated in grand style. So this year, we decided to stay back. I was delighted. I would finally get to spend Diwali with friends.

LOOK: Congress Lights Up To Celebrate Diwali

Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion

Over two dozen lawmakers gathered on Capitol Hill to light traditional diya as a priest chanted Vedic mantras for the first-ever Congressional Diwali ...

A Hindu Halloween Lament

Vineet Chander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Vineet Chander

Behind the compromises and negotiation of clashing cultures, there lie important questions about assimilation, accommodation, and appropriation; minority communities growing and evolving in a multi-faith world; the interplay of power, normativity, hegemony, and identity.

Diwali Does Not End When the Lights Go Out

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 12.30.2013 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

We may not all agree on the precise paths for the goal of overcoming poverty, illiteracy, disease and violence. But even consensus about these as shared goals of our common life and as essential to the meaning of being Hindu is a grand step.

LOOK: Gorgeous Diwali Festivities In Full Swing

Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion

In 2013, Diwali, the festival of lights, will be celebrated on Nov. 3 by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit deepavali, w...

Diwali: Celebrating the Light of Wisdom

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | Posted 12.29.2013 | Religion
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Diwali, in essence, is celebrated to kindle the light of wisdom in every heart, the light of life in every home, and bring a smile on every face.