What IS Diwali?

Also known as Deepavali, or “Festival of Lights,” Diwali is one of the most important holidays for Hindus. (It is also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains.) Diwali is an autumn festival that centers around the victory of light over darkness, goodness over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Various stories are connected to its significance, with … Read more

How can I learn American culture?

While talking with a Filipino friend this morning, I was reminded of how hard it is to learn about American culture. Even as an American, I don’t understand American culture in all parts of our country. What is considered “normal” in the Southwest or Midwest (the parts of the country where I have spent most … Read more