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Diwali in America

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...