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Festival of Lights

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 10.22.2013 | 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.

PHOTOS: Festival Of Lights At Vancouver's VanDusen Botanical Garden

Sandra Thomas | Posted 02.19.2012 | Travel
Sandra Thomas

What most visitors don't know is that behind the glittering winter wonderland is a small team of dedicated bulb testers, who this year hand tested 1.4 million lights in the 12 weeks leading up to the festival's opening Dec. 9.

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...

WATCH: Artistic Berlin By Night, During Festival Of Lights

Arne Schmidt and Claudia Hirschberger | Posted 12.17.2011 | Travel
Arne Schmidt and Claudia Hirschberger

For the seventh time now, the Festival of Lights is taking place in Berlin, and we set out to capture the magic of the event in an original 90-second video.

Stunning Shots Of Jerusalem's Lights Festival

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.17.2011 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — When night falls on the Old City of Jerusalem this week, the walled enclave sheds its role as one of the world's most contested pie...

14 Hanukkah Celebrations From Around The World (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Dec. 1 marked the beginning of Hanukkah, the Jewish "Festival of Lights", which runs through Dec. 9. HuffPost bloggers Rabbi Laura Geller, Rabbi ...

Rededication Of Hanukkah: The Importance Of Doing Things More Than Once

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

The world is rife with worthy causes we have taken up with enthusiasm and then abandoned. Rededicate yourself to repairing God's anguished world. If we manage that, the oil will burn for countless nights to come.

President Obama Offers Diwali Greeting

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The White House Office of the Press Secretary November 4, 2010 Statement by the President on Diwali Tomorrow, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhist...

Diwali: A Day Of Light And Liberation

Ramdas Lamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ramdas Lamb

Diwali has many reasons to be celebrated, but what they have in common is the belief that the day, in one way or another, commemorates freedom from ignorance, darkness and evil, and an awakening, or reawakening, of light, goodness and wisdom.

Diwali: Celebrating The Light Of Wisdom

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

At this time of the year people around the world are getting ready to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. Light the lamp of wisdom and love in every heart and bring a radiant smile on every face.

Out Of Many, One: Diwali Illuminates Unity

Anju Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

Though celebrated for different reasons, Diwali has evolved from a pan-Indian festivity uniting multicultural diversity with worldwide cultures.