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Diwali, Hindu Festival Of Lights Goes Mainstream In America

By Lauren Markoe

Happy Diwali!

Happy Di what?

It’s a Hindu holiday — and an important one — celebrated this week by Hindus all over the world, including an estimated 2 million in the United States. But do most Americans even know what Diwali is all about?

Many Hindu Americans say no, and they’re working to change that, but not with educational billboards or “A Charlie Brown Diwali” special on network television.

Instead, they’re encouraging fellow Hindus to be a little more open about their celebrations — to tell friends, colleagues and their children’s teachers that Diwali is a big deal within Hinduism, the world’s third largest religion.

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