US Hindus' Deepavali Festivity with a Purpose

November 3, 2006

Source: The Organiser/Hindu American Foundation press release

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) initiated a coordinated plan to raise awareness about celebrations of Deepavali; perhaps the most widely recognised Hindu festival celebrated around the world on October 21.

Deepavali in the original Sanskrit, refers to the rows of earthen lamps around their homes. The light from these lamps, Hindus believe, illumines individuals and societies burdened by ignorance and darkness.

The HAF focus on Deepavali this year followed intense discussions held with members of the United States Congress and State Department a month ago where human rights concerns and religious liberty issues predominated. But during those meetings, HAF members also asked lawmakers’ support for House Resolution 548, recognising the festival of Deepavali.