Hindus seek Diwali holiday in New Jersey schools with sizable Hindu pupils

Hindus are urging New Jersey schools, public as well as private, which have significant number of Hindu students, to include Diwali, the most popular Hindu holy day, as a school holiday in their 2015-2016 school calendars and beyond. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that it was not fair […]

Worldwide Hindus concerned at Diwali labeled as “blasphemy” in Cook Islands

Hindus worldwide are concerned at celebration of their annual festival Diwali being reportedly condemned as “blasphemy” in Cook Islands by a religious leader. This religious leader reportedly labeled Diwali, most popular of Hindu festivals, a “paganistic or heathenistic practice” and talked about “its hidden spirit of sorcery and witchcraft” and urged to “put a stop […]

Diwali celebrated at Heathrow-Birmingham airports with Bhangra, dhol

Travel retailer World Duty Free (WDF) Group reportedly celebrated Hindu festival of Diwali at key United Kingdom airports complete with Bhangra dancers and singers and dholis (dhol drum players). Dressed in traditional folk clothing, these performers energized Heathrow and Birmingham international airports throughout the afternoon and evening, while the WDF’s video screens featured Diwali messages […]

University of Nevada to hold Diwali Utsav

University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) in USA is celebrating “Diwali Utsav” on October 30, 2011. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will open the Utsav (festival) with prayers and lamp-lighting while famous musician Jim Eaglesmith will lead a bhajan with guitar and the audience will chant after him. According to Dharshini Balasubramaniyan, President of Utsav organizer Indian Student […]

Diwali lights switched on in Leicester in UK

Diwali lights for 2011 were switched on Belgrave Road in Leicester (United Kingdom) on October 16 and tens of thousands of people reportedly watched. Said to be the largest Diwali celebrations outside India, activities on Golden Mile included songs, music, dancing, laser display and fireworks. Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby attended and commented on Diwali and […]

Diwali 2010 celebrations in Wembley Shri Sanatan Hindu Mandir of UK

Wembley Shri Sanatan Hindu Mandir in UK hosted the biggest Diwali celebrations in the country. Over 60,000 people participated in Diwali 2010 celebrations in Wembley at the weekend on 30 October 2010. The celebrations began at the newly constructed Hindu temple, Shri Sanatan Hindu Mandir, in the morning on 30th October with more than 10 […]