People all around the world celebrated the annual multi-day festival of Diwali over the last few days. From India, Nepal, Malaysia, to the UK, United States and Australia, the Hindu festival of Diwali is the most important Hindu festival of the year. Known as the Festival of Lights, this is a time of year especially dedicated to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth.
Ah, Halloween – my favorite day of the year. Halloween marks the transition between the light of fall and the darkness of winter, between the plenty of the fall harvest and the scarcity of winter, the transition between life and death. Halloween has become one of the most beloved holidays in American culture. Rooted in ancient lore, traditions and beliefs, it's origins and history go deep.
When I told a Mexican friend that I was writing an article on Dia de los Muertos, the national “Day of the Dead” holiday, her face lit up and she became animated. “This is really the most important holiday in Mexico,” she said.