10/31/2014 01:40 pm ET Updated Dec 31, 2014

Celebrating Light and Liberation, Sikh Style

Indians around the world celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, on Oct. 23. The holiday -- which celebrates the victory or light over darkness, good over evil, and truth over ignorance -- is rooted in the Hindu tradition, but celebrated by non-Hindus as well. For Sikhs, the holiday is an occasion for a more politicized remembrance. On Oct. 23, Sikhs celebrated Bandi Chhor Divas, or Prisoner Release Day.

Bandi Chhor Divas in Queens