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Where Is the Light When Tragedy Strikes?

Beth Woolsey | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Beth Woolsey

This is the season of darkness, it's true. But I believe today more than ever that one of our most profound acts as human beings, and perhaps our most unifying, is our insistence on celebrating the light at the exact time it appears lost to us.

And You Thought Thanksgiving Was Big

Posted 11.22.2012 | World

On Thursday, people across the United States will celebrate Thanksgiving in the most American of ways: by stuffing their faces full of turkey, cranber...

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.

PHOTOS: 10 Fire Festivals Around The World

Cheapflights | Posted 01.10.2013 | Travel

As clocks turn back and the days get shorter, peoples around the world strike their matches almost in unison.

Hindu Gods In Video Gaming

Greg Perreault | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Greg Perreault

In Asura's Wrath, Hindu themes and images have been appropriated and lifted out of a religious and cultural context. Yet by appropriating these images, the game also works as a subtle critique of the religious text.

A Simple Guide To The Hindu Holiday Season

Mishri Bhatia | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Mishri Bhatia

Each year, India comes alive for a month filled with Hindu festivals, rituals and celebration. It's the most auspicious time of the year!

White House Diwali Emphasizes Seva

Anju Bhargava | Posted 01.04.2012 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

We have demonstrated how we Hindu Americans can strengthen America globally. Our seva voice has proved that we are ready to tackle difficult tasks facing our country, every step of the way.

Pictures Of The Week: Oct. 23-Oct. 29 (PHOTOS)

Posted 12.31.2011 | Home

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Festival Of Diwali (PHOTOS)

Posted 02.09.2012 | Religion

Hindus from all over the world celebrated Diwali last week. Check out the best photos from the celebrations. To see more great photography visi...

Do India's Rich Give Enough Charity? | ELLIOT HANNON | Posted 12.29.2011 | Impact

As the U.S. and Europe inch toward the holiday season, Indian festivities are already in full swing. The Hindu holiday of Diwali, a week of celebratio...

PHOTOS: Diwali Lights Up South Asia

Posted 12.26.2011 | Travel

South Asia's evening gloom is being punctured and punctuated by children's fireworks and sparklers as revelers take to the streets to celebrate Diwali...

Diwali Lights Community Building In America And Around The World

Anju Bhargava | Posted 12.26.2011 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

Metaphysically, at its core, Diwali is the celebration of the awakening and awareness of the Inner Light. This Inner Light, though not seen outside, outshines all darkness by removing all obstacles and dispelling all ignorance.

Diwali: A Time to Be Merry and Gay

Amita Swadhin | Posted 12.26.2011 | Gay Voices
Amita Swadhin

For many gay, lesbian and bisexual Hindus, Diwali can be a painful time of year. Although Hinduism does not overtly condemn gay or lesbian relationships, many conservative South Asian cultural traditions leave little room for them to exist.