Families across the globe celebrating Diwali - New York News

Families across the globe celebrating Diwali

Updated:

By: Herb Scribner, Deseret News

Now that the darker holidays of Halloween and Mexico's Day of the Dead have ceased, families across the globe have another (and brighter) holiday to celebrate: Diwali.

Diwali, a five-day Hindu festival commonly called the festival of lights, is a family-centered holiday of self-awareness and reflection. In many Eastern countries, the festival of lights is considered a public holiday.

Photo galleries are popping up everywhere for the holiday.

CNN offered images of many different light structures and models.

Similarly, BBC published pictures submitted by users who spotted celebratory makeups.

The Huffington Post also released a photo gallery of the holiday's vibrant buildups.

BBC also published an article about the celebrations in Leicester, England. Lights for the city were turned on last week, according to BBC, in advance of the main celebration. BBC reported “about 35,000 turned out for the lights switch on last week, and even more people are believed to have attended the main event.”

It's not all positive for the holiday, though.

One writer at Forbes said Diwali is not only about lights and escaping darkness, but also about leadership. The writer, Dina Medland, said businessmen look to understand holidays like Diwali to become more cultured and, thus, better salesmen.

Also, celebrations have led to fires and a murder in India, according to The Times of India, which also said “mob rampage” has risen because of the murder.

But not all celebrators are abroad. Americans are taking part in the holiday, according to an NPR blog. For some Indian-American families, the celebration is a reflection and appreciation of family.

And in Southern California, “many local temples, Hindu organizations and Sikh gurdwaras are organizing a series of events to celebrate Diwali, which falls on Nov. 3 this year,” according to Southern California Public Radio.

Even Congress is celebrating the holiday. Last week, “the first ever Diwali festival was celebrated at the U.S. Congress today amidst chanting of Vedic mantras by a Hindu priest,” according to First Post.

“I have come here to say Happy Diwali,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), according to First Post. “United States owes a great debt of gratitude to India. Because our civil rights movement was built on the non-violent movement in India. Martin Luther King studied there, spoke there. We are blessed not only by that legacy, but also by the presence of so many Indo-Americans in our country.”

And, according to The Economic Times, President Barack Obama similarly wished Indians a "Happy Diwali."


Original Post

Copyright 2013 Deseret Digital Media, Inc.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective shot in Manhattan

    2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective shot in Manhattan

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:32:05 GMT
    Two deputy U.S. marshals, an NYPD detective, and a sexual assault suspect have been shot in a shootout in lower Manhattan, officials said. Speaking at a news conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the marshals and cop were taken to a local hospital with apparently non-life threatening injuries.
    Two deputy U.S. marshals, an NYPD detective, and a sexual assault suspect have been shot in a shootout in lower Manhattan, officials said. Speaking at a news conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the marshals and cop were taken to a local hospital with apparently non-life threatening injuries.
  • Massive brawl at NJ wedding

    Massive brawl at NJ wedding

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:24:34 GMT
    As many as 300 people became involved in a massive brawl at a New Jersey wedding hall that ended with two arrests on Sunday night.  Middletown police say that the fight broke out at about 10:30 p.m. at the Jacques Reception Hall on Palmer Ave. in Middletown.
    As many as 300 people became involved in a massive brawl at a New Jersey wedding hall that ended with two arrests on Sunday night.  Middletown police say that the fight broke out at about 10:30 p.m. at the Jacques Reception Hall on Palmer Ave. in Middletown.
  • Accused Long Island cop killer found guilty

    Accused Long Island cop killer found guilty

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:49:08 GMT
    An ex-convict suspected of gunning down a Nassau County police officer and then fatally shooting a carjacking victim was found guilty on all counts in the murders on Monday. Darrell Fuller, 33, shot and killed Police Officer Arthur Lopez in October 2012 who suspected he had been involved in a hit-and-run car accident. Authorities said Fuller then fled that shooting and killed the second victim, Raymond Facey of Queens, while stealing his vehicle.
    An ex-convict suspected of gunning down a Nassau County police officer and then fatally shooting a carjacking victim was found guilty on all counts in the murders on Monday. Darrell Fuller, 34, shot and killed Police Officer Arthur Lopez in October 2012 who suspected he had been involved in a hit-and-run car accident. Authorities said Fuller then fled that shooting and killed the second victim, Raymond Facey of Queens, while stealing his vehicle.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices