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Diwali 2011

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.

Celebrating Light Through Knowledge: A Jain Perspective On Diwali

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 12.26.2011 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

Diwali is not just about good food and nice clothes; it is about celebrating the victory of good over evil in each and every capacity whether small or large.

LGBT Hindus Seek A More Inclusive Diwali

Ankita Rao | Posted 12.26.2011 | Religion
Ankita Rao

"I think these holidays becomes an opportunity for people to make a stand for double inclusion -- for people to affirm simultaneously their South Asian Identity and insist on their recognition for LGBTQ."

Diwali: Finding The Divine In Food, Friends And Family

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 12.26.2011 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

But time, distance from family and the frenetic pace of modern life have taken their toll. In my home, my husband, two sons and I certainly celebrate Diwali, but at best, on the surface.

Choosing Light: A Diwali Reflection

Vineet Chander | Posted 12.26.2011 | Religion
Vineet Chander

The Ramayana offers a stark warning of what happens when the darkness of greed threatens to extinguish the light of justice. It is a story of hope, for in the end the light prevails over the darkness.

Is This North America's Next Big Holiday?

Posted 12.25.2011 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service Happy Diwali! Happy Di what? It's a Hindu holiday -- and an important one -- celebrated this week by ...

Diwali 2011: Celebrating The Festival Of Lights (PHOTOS)

Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is celebrated in the Hindu calendar months of Ashwin and Kartika, and in the western calendar on Oct. 26, 2011. D...