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  • US Congress Seeks Recognition for Festival of Lights

    United States Congress adopted resolutions requesting the President to declare the Holy Hindu Festival ‘Deepavali’, or festival of lights, to give due and national recognition.

  • Utah Governor Hosts Third Annual Diwali
    Almost 100 people gathered in the ballroom at the Governor’s Mansion in downtown Salt Lake City to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. Caru Dasa of Spanish Fork temple in Utah joined dignitaries and friends to celebrate the festival with the Governor and his wife Mary Kaye. Talks and puja were followed by a vegetarian dinner.
  • Month of Damodara Lights the Way Into Thousands of Homes

    For the holy month of Damodara, devotees in Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley are going door to door to spread the glories of their Lord.

    Also known as Kartik and falling between the western months of October/November, the month of Damodar celebrates Lord Krishna’s pastime of being bound with ropes by Mother Yashoda, and is often observed by offering lamps or candles.

  • 15,000 to Celebrate Diwali at Manor

    15,000 people will come together at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna temple near Watford to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights on Sunday 2nd November. Highlights of the festival include colourful dances, plays, bullock cart rides and free vegetarian meals for everyone.

  • Britons Celebrate Diwali at Bhaktivedanta Manor

    A colourful display of light marked the festival of Diwali at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Aldenham this weekend. Thousands gathered to pray and celebrate at the Hare Krishna temple, in Hilfield Lane on Sunday.

  • Utah Governor Hosts ISKCON Leader for Diwali

    The smells of paneer pakora and stuffed okra filled the Governor's Mansion on Friday night as Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. invited many from Utah's Indian community to celebrate Diwali with himself and his family.

    Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the victory of good over evil in people, and is recognized by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists worldwide.

  • Diwali Celebrated for First Time at U.S. National Cathedral

    Washington, D.C. – When the first large wave of Indian immigrants began to arrive to America more than forty years ago, few would have dreamed that they would one day see a Hindu holiday observed within the “National House of Worship.” On October 28, 2008 this dream indeed became reality when Washington National Cathedral hosted, for the first time in its history, an event in celebration of Diwali.

  • Happy Diwali, Mr. President
    How's this for an early Diwali gift for Hindu-Americans (and, perhaps, Hindus around the world): President Barack Obama lit a ceremonial diya (traditional candle) and delivered a characteristically smooth speech in which he declared that he was happy to join "some of the world's greatest faiths" in celebrating a holiday that heralds "the triumph of good over evil."
  • 1000 Diwali Lanterns to be Released in Bid for World Peace

    After what is promised to be a spectacular Diwali firework display on Sunday 18th October at Bhaktivedanta Manor near London, numerous community leaders will be releasing 1000 lanterns into the sky in a bid for world peace. On the Sunday, 15,000 people are expected to attend the Diwali celebrations at the Temple. Other highlights of the festival include colourful dances, plays and free vegetarian meals for everyone. The day will culminate at 7.15pm, in one of the most spectacular Diwali firework displays in the Greater London area. Everyone is welcome.

  • Thousands Celebrate Diwali at England's Bhaktivedanta Manor
    After what was a spectacular Diwali firework display on Sunday 18th October at Bhaktivedanta Manor near London, numerous community leaders and festival revelers released 1000 lanterns into the sky in a bid for world peace. On the Sunday, 15,000 people attended the Diwali celebrations at the Temple. Other highlights of the festival included colourful dances, plays and free vegetarian meals for everyone.
  • Happy Diwali!
    Diwali marks the end of the year, and by the year’s end we want to pay our debts, rectify our relationships–and then try to do better the next year. If we take up the chanting of the holy names, we can not only invoke the presence of Lord Rama within our hearts, but we can recreate the situation of Satya-yuga, the situation of Rama-rajya.
  • Princeton Diwali Brings East and West Together
    Over 500 people—including students, faculty, their friends and family, and members of the local community—attended Princeton University’s third annual Diwali celebration on Saturday November 13th.
  • 15,000 to Celebrate Diwali

    15,000 people will come together at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna temple near Watford to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights on Sunday 23 October.

  • ISKCON Devotees at White House Diwali Event
    On Wednesday November 14th, newly re-elected American President Barack Obama observed the auspicious holiday of Diwali, or festival of lights, in the East Room of the White House. Also, on November 13th, the White House hosted a Divali event where ISKCON representatives were also invited.
  • High Rank Politicians Participate in Diwali Celebration at Bhaktivedanta Manor
    With the recent visit of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP to Bhaktivedanta Manor Diwali’s festival; prominent leaders of the Hindu community congregated to meet him.
  • Christians and Hindus Forming The Young Generation Into Peace-makers

    2012 Diwali message by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

  • Diwali Prayers at British Prime Minister's Abode
    The Prime Minister David Cameron MP hosted his third annual Diwali celebration at 10 Downing Street, inviting professionals, organisations and religious representatives from across the Hindu community, including Manor President Srutidharma das.
  • Governor of Massachusetts Celebrates Diwali and Receives a Copy of Bhagavad-gita As It Is
    Governor Deval Patrick joined the South Asian Arts Council at the official lighting of the Diwali candle to mark the festival. He also said he was proud to celebrate Diwali with the community.
  • A Hindu Halloween Lament

    When I was growing up in the 1980s, every autumn Diwali waged a valiant but losing battle against Halloween. If my sister and I were caught in the crosshairs of the holiday war, our immigrant parents were its real casualties.

  • Diwali: Festival of Lights

    A short video by the National Geographic.

  • US Lawmakers Celebrate Diwali

    US lawmakers celebrated, for the first time, Diwali on Capitol Hill after the US Congress passed resolutions honouring the Indian festival and celebrating the strong relationship between US and India.

  • US First Lady Michelle Obama Marks Diwali at the White House

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a Diwali celebration at the White House. November 5, 2013.

  • Diwali Message from UK Prime Minister David Cameron

    Message from UK Prime Minister David Cameron to mark Diwali on November 1st, 2013.

  • Krishna Avanti and Avanti House Schools Diwali Performance at 10 Downing Street

    Every year, the British Prime Minister hosts a special Diwali event in his official residence of 10 Downing Street. This year the event fell on Wednesday 6th November and it carried with it an extra special charm: As part of the proceedings, children from the Krishna Avanti and Avanti Schools sang a number of traditional songs glorifying Lord Rama.

  • US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbardi’s 2014 Diwali Greetings
  • A Diwali Reflection: The Exchange of Lamps

    "We are speaking of a graceful exchange of lamps--one lit by us in welcoming the Divine, and the other lit by the Divine lovingly revealing himself to us." 

  • Catholic Church Sends Message of Goodwill on Divali

    "We, Christians and Hindus, may we join together with followers of other religions to foster a culture of inclusion for a just and peaceful society."

  • President Obama's Diwali Message 2014
  • More than 10,000 attend Diwali 2014 at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple

    Communications secretary for the temple, Radha Mohan Das, said: "The day was a really big success, everyone had a lot of fun. There was a great atmosphere, particularly in the lead up to the fireworks." The day also saw two drama perfomances, which told parts of the story behind Diwali. Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, which is told in the ancient Indian text, Ramayana.

  • ISKCON Organizes First Diwali at Rome City Hall

    Devotees headed by ISKCON Communications director for Italy Parabhakti Das organized and participated in the Diwali celebrations at Rome’s City Hall on October 23rd, with positive results. “If Brussels is the diplomatic capital of Europe, Rome is its capital from the religious and cultural point of view,” Parabhakti says. “So it is important that our movement is well represented and clearly visible in this world-famous city.”

  • Diwali Celebration at the Massachusetts State House

    Boston, october 23, 2014.

  • ISKCON Boston Celebrates Diwali at the Massachusetts State House

    State houses, traditionally meeting places of United States' governors, legislators and decision makers, rarely host gatherings related to religious expression or discourse. However, for the third year in a row the Massachusetts State House, amidst the majesty of its Hall of Flags & Grand Staircase, hosted a Diwali opening ceremony. 

  • Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's Diwali Message 2015
  • Vatican Emissary Sends Divali Message of Goodwill

    Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, drafted a message to Hindu communities world-wide on the occasion of Diwali, or Deepavali. Cardinal Tauran led the Catholic delegation to the first Hindu-Catholic Dialogue in the United States. Anuttama Dasa, ISKCON's Minister of Communications represented ISKCON at that historic event. 

  • First Diwali Celebration in the European Parliament

    Monday 16 November the Hindu Forum Europe (HFE) celebrated Diwali for the first time in the EU Parliament, Brussels. Host MEP, Neena Gill congratulated Hindus with this big success. ISKCON devotees from Belgium, Spain, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland were among the more than 100 attendees of this historical event.

  • U.S. Postal Service Honors Festival of Diwali with a Forever Stamp

    The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali with a Forever stamp. The Oct 5, first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place at the Consulate General of India, New York.

  • ISKCON Devotees Attend Diwali at Number 10 Downing Street

    Srutidharma das was invited to the Diwali function at Number 10 Downing Street, the residence of the British Prime Minister, Theresa May MP. Along with the Prime Minister and other dignitaries such as the Indian High Commissioner Mr Dinesh Patnail, Srutidharma das lit the ceremonial lamp before being invited to say a few words and lead the Diwali prayers.

  • Dipavali at Radhakund

    Dipavali greetings from Sacinandana Swami. (Video by Filip Cargonja)

  • Message for the Hindus for the Feast of Depavali

     Cardinal Tauran writes “As Christians and Hindus, may we join all people of good will in supporting marriage and family life, and inspiring families to be schools of hope."

  • ISKCON Moscow Lights Up Devotees’ Hearts at Diwali

    One thousand Russian devotees gathered to celebrate Diwali in spectacular style in Moscow on Saturday October 29th. The afternoon was a cultural event to commemorate welcoming Lord Rama and his wife Sita Devi back to their capital Ayodhya. Hanuman, played by Jagat-Pati Das, was a particular crowd favorite. In an incredibly realistic costume, he jumped into the crowd, involving the audience. He also invited all the children onto the stage to participate in fun games with him.

  • Dignitaries Celebrate ISKCON50 at Hungarian Gala

    Every year, prominent people take part in ISKCON Hungary’s annual Divali dinner. This year, as usual, government officials, public personalities, sponsors, decision-makers, artists, representatives of other religions, university professors, scientists and others from the fields of politics and media all enjoyed the Hungarian devotees’ hospitality. The main theme of the event was the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of ISKCON.

  • Tulsi Gabbard's Diwali Greeting 2017

    US congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's 2017 Diwali greeting.

  • ISKCON Pakistan's 2-Day Diwali Celebrations

    ISKCON Pakistan celebrated Diwali with a 2-day "ISKCON Diwali Gala Festival" in Karachi. Among many dignitaries, he event was attended by Mohammad Zubair Umar Governor of Sindh. During the 2-day festivities Bhagavad-gitas, chanting beads and delicious feast was distributed to the over 2,000 people in attendance.

  • Diwali Fireworks Launch the Nainika Allergy Safety Campaign: Making Temples Safe for Allergy Sufferers

    As thousands gathered for the Diwali fireworks at Bhaktivedanta Manor, the temple leaders and a host of community and political leaders, took to the stage to launch the Nainika Tikoo Memorial Trust’s allergy awareness campaign for places of worship.

  • The Vatican’s Message for Diwali

    The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has sent a Diwali message for Hindus all over the world entitled as Christians and Hindus: In Defense of the Vulnerable of Society.

  • We Light A Candle

    "When we turn away from the sun, we face our shadow. When we turn away from God, our original Source, we see ourselves as separate, and fear arises."