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Festival of Lights

Hanukkah 2016: Dates, Rituals And History Of The Festival Of Lights

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 12.24.2016 | Politics

This article, originally published on Dec. 3, 2015, has been updated to reflect 2016 dates. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is celebrated for...

The Real History Of Hanukkah Is More Complicated Than You Thought

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 12.29.2015 | Religion

Americans who know anything about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah may have heard that it celebrates the victory of good over evil -- the triumph of lig...

17 Hanukkah Cards For All Of Your Jewish Loved Ones

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion

The Jewish Festival of Lights begins on Sunday, but if you still haven't gotten anything for your loved ones then you're in luck. Hanukkah lasts for e...

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

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway | Posted 11.10.2016 | 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 brin...

Menorahs Light Up Around The World For Hanukkah 2014

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, began at sundown on Dec. 16, 2014 and runs for eight days with menorah lightings and celebrations around the ...

Potato Pancakes, Family Tradition and Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

Our traditions act as a compass for all of our human relationships and personal interactions, the qualitative experiences of our family life, and ultimately, the development of civilized societies themselves. As we honor all traditions, so we learn to honor ourselves, and in the final analysis, each other.

Hanukkah 2014: Understanding The Festival Of Lights

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is celebrated for eight days beginning at sundown on Dec. 16, 2014. On the Hebrew calendar, the dates are 25 ...

French Catholics Remind Iraq's Christians That The World Hasn't Forgotten Their Pain

Crux | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion

ERBIL, IRAQ — Each December 8 in Lyon, France, up to three million people flood the streets as houses display candles in the windows to mark the fea...

Festival of Light turns Dumbo Into a Magical Scene

Samy Nemir Olivares | Posted 01.08.2015 | New York
Samy Nemir Olivares

Dumbo couldn't be better name to this Brooklyn's neighborhood hosting the first edition of The New York Festival of Light this weekend Nov. 7-9.

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...

Gratitude and the Gift of Life

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Good News
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

Whether it is Hanukkah or Thanksgiving, Christmas or Winter Solstice, New Year's Eve or a festival of light, the human instinct to move closer to the source of light and life intensifies when the world around us grows darker and colder.

Hanukkah 101: Understanding The 8 Days Of Light

Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is celebrated for eight days beginning at sundown on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. On the Hebrew calendar, the da...

Illuminated And It's Dazzling

Posted 11.20.2013 | Travel

Paris will always be our City of Lights, but we just couldn’t help ourselves with these eye-catching photos of the Lumiere Festival in Durham last w...

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: 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.

Berlin Is Stunning At Night

Posted 11.18.2014 | Travel

Sunday marked the end of the ninth annual Festival of Lights in Berlin, one of the largest illumination festivals around the world. Every October,...

PHOTOS: 5 Free Things To Do This Week

Posted 12.10.2012 | Denver

It may be "the most wonderful time of the year" but it certainly takes its toll on the wallet. (Warning: the following text gets kind of Grinch-y)...

Servant To The Light: The Ninth Candle

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Laura Berman Fortgang

As the attendant to the light, the Shamash is responsible for lighting all the others. So too, each of us is a light. We have the choice as to whether we live from that lit-up place or ignore our light.

Hanukkah's Inextinguishable Light of Hope

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 02.07.2013 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Something in the human spirit survives even the worst of tragedies, allowing us to rebuild shattered lives, broken institutions and injured nations. That to me is the Jewish story.

Happy Hanukkah!

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.09.2012 | HuffPost Home

It’s time to celebrate!

Hanukkah! Lights, Latkes and Kosher Hot Dogs!

Karin Lippert | Posted 12.06.2012 | Fifty
Karin Lippert

Hanukkah celebrations are changing for many of us. Today, they may include a visit with grandkids via Skype and photos of them sent from cell phones. We're lighting virtual menorahs and watching Hanukkah videos on YouTube and singing along with Adam Sandler.

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.

The Sydney Opera House Lights Up

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 06.10.2012 | Home

By Irina Vinnitskaya click here for original article Sydney is once again illuminated by the fourth annual Vivid’s Festival of Light 2012 that ...

How Kindness Triumphs Over Grief

Monika Mitchell | Posted 02.20.2012 | Impact
Monika Mitchell

One of the holiest holiday season's of the year is upon us and consumers are out waging their war on Christmas. We are told to shop, shop, shop and ke...

Hanukkah And How War Should Be Celebrated

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

For Jews, practicing our religion has never been as straightforward. Throughout history we have had to fight and die simply to observe our faith. Hanukkah represents a triumphant moment.