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Loy Krathong: Here's how Thailand's Festival of Lights look like

Loy Krathong allows believers to symbolically float their misfortunes away on “krathongs” and start another year of life with a clean slate. The festival is celebrated on the night of the full moon of the 12th lunar month, which traditionally marks the end of the rainy season.(Bloomberg) 7
Loy Krathong allows believers to symbolically float their misfortunes away on “krathongs” and start another year of life with a clean slate. The festival is celebrated on the night of the full moon of the 12th lunar month, which traditionally marks the end of the rainy season.(Bloomberg)
Published on Nov 24, 2021 09:23 AM IST
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  • The Loy Krathong festival, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an annual Thai festival celebrated to express gratitude to the goddess of water.

Soha Ali Khan celebrates pre-Diwali with her daughter Inaaya Naumi Kemmu

After celebrating Halloween, Soha Ali Khan is ready for The Festival of Lights, Diwali which is being observed in India from November 2.(Instagram/@sakpataudi) 6
After celebrating Halloween, Soha Ali Khan is ready for The Festival of Lights, Diwali which is being observed in India from November 2.(Instagram/@sakpataudi)
Published on Nov 01, 2021 04:53 PM IST
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Diwali 2021: 7 sweets without which the festival of lights is incomplete

Diwali is not just about the lights and the fireworks but also the variety of lip-smacking sweets. There are several sweet shops in the market that experiment with their recipes and try out unique desserts that are worth the try but nothing beats the famous ones, which include kaju katli, laddoo, halwa, gulab jamun, among others. (Unsplash) 8
Diwali is not just about the lights and the fireworks but also the variety of lip-smacking sweets. There are several sweet shops in the market that experiment with their recipes and try out unique desserts that are worth the try but nothing beats the famous ones, which include kaju katli, laddoo, halwa, gulab jamun, among others. (Unsplash)
Updated on Nov 01, 2021 04:16 PM IST
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Children in Punjab celebrate festival of lights virtually

Students made rangolis, decorated diyas, made posters, sang songs and gave speeches during the virtual celebrations.
A student of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Ludhiana, showing her rangoli on the occasion.(HT)
A student of Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Ludhiana, showing her rangoli on the occasion.(HT)
Updated on Nov 17, 2020 05:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

HT Brunch Cover Story: Diwali with the Rainas

How cricketer Suresh Raina, wife Priyanka and daughter Gracia introduced 8-month-old Rio to the festival of lights
Cricketer Suresh Raina with wife Priyanka, daughter Gracia, 4, and their 8-month-old son, Rio. On Suresh: Pants and short kurta set, Antar-Agni. On Priyanka: Long skirt and top, Rahul Mishra; Heels, Steve Madden; Ring, Knick Knack Nook; Earrings, Zariin. On kids: Outfit, from a store in Khan Market, Delhi. Art direction: Amit Malik; Styling assistant: Tanya Aggarwal; Make-up and hair: Artistry by Anjali Jain(Shivamm Paathak)
Cricketer Suresh Raina with wife Priyanka, daughter Gracia, 4, and their 8-month-old son, Rio. On Suresh: Pants and short kurta set, Antar-Agni. On Priyanka: Long skirt and top, Rahul Mishra; Heels, Steve Madden; Ring, Knick Knack Nook; Earrings, Zariin. On kids: Outfit, from a store in Khan Market, Delhi. Art direction: Amit Malik; Styling assistant: Tanya Aggarwal; Make-up and hair: Artistry by Anjali Jain(Shivamm Paathak)
Updated on Nov 15, 2020 08:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVeenu Singh

Stay safe, chance of Covid surge during Diwali, winter: PGIMER

Exercise caution and follow safety protocols, says Dr Jagat Ram, director, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research
Pollution from firecrackers and stubble burning, coupled with low temperatures, can lead to a surge in Covid infections, doctors have warned.(HT Photo)
Pollution from firecrackers and stubble burning, coupled with low temperatures, can lead to a surge in Covid infections, doctors have warned.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 09, 2020 10:27 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByHT Correspondent, Chandigarh

HT Chandigarh Our Take: Let’s celebrate a happy but safe Diwali

The festival of lights, Diwali, is just around the corner, heralding the advent of the winter months and the final months of a gloomy year or annus horribilis, as Queen Elizabeth once famously put it, in which a Covid-19 wreaked havoc on the planet, forcing nations to declare lockdowns, keeping people confined indoors for months, destroying economies and lives.
In a year that has virtually been written off because of Covid-19, it’s important that we celebrate festivities responsibly.(HT Photo)
In a year that has virtually been written off because of Covid-19, it’s important that we celebrate festivities responsibly.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2020 12:13 AM IST
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Roundabout: Play the rabab, Mardania, November is here

The forgotten value of Mardana in the world of Guru Nanak is being invoked by contemporary poets, painters, fiction writers and scholars in the true spirit of Sikhi
In recent years there has been an effort by poets, painters, fiction writers and scholars to retrieve the story of Mardana not just as Guru Nanak’s disciple but as a friend of his youth and travel companion in all of his spiritual journeys.(Courtesy: Sidharth (artist))
In recent years there has been an effort by poets, painters, fiction writers and scholars to retrieve the story of Mardana not just as Guru Nanak’s disciple but as a friend of his youth and travel companion in all of his spiritual journeys.(Courtesy: Sidharth (artist))
Updated on Nov 07, 2020 11:49 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByNirupama Dutt

Responsible celebrations look to be the ‘new normal’ this Diwali

Mumbaikars gear up for a safe, healthy and responsible Diwali this year
Diwali is all about staying safe and celebrating with family says Mumbaikars(Photo: Shutterstock; For representational purposes only)
Diwali is all about staying safe and celebrating with family says Mumbaikars(Photo: Shutterstock; For representational purposes only)
Updated on Nov 04, 2020 03:36 PM IST
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HT Mumbai | ByNishad Neelambaran

Ayodhya administration seeks Guinness record for lighting earthen lamps

Shailendra Varma, the nodal officer for the event, said the 600,000 diyas would be lit on Deepotsav, which would be celebrated a day before Diwali on November 13.
Devotees light earthen lamps on the bank of Saryu River during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya in 2019.(PTI FILE)
Devotees light earthen lamps on the bank of Saryu River during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya in 2019.(PTI FILE)
Updated on Oct 31, 2020 11:19 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByPawan Dixit

Spruce up your home this Diwali!

Don’t let the current crisis dampen the celebrations! Here are 10 ways to get your home ready to herald the festive season.
The home has become our cosy haven as most of us stay indoors to keep safe. This makes it all the more important to decorate this space with special gusto and effort.(Shutterstock)
The home has become our cosy haven as most of us stay indoors to keep safe. This makes it all the more important to decorate this space with special gusto and effort.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 03:16 PM IST
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‘Very poor’: Capital flouts cracker rules

By midnight on Sunday, the noxious fumes pushed the level of PM2.5 ultra-fine particles, which take the heaviest toll on human health among all air pollutants, to almost 18 times of what is considered safe to breathe.
Thousands of people in the national capital violated time restrictions and burst banned firecrackers, defying appeals from health experts, political leaders, and the Supreme Court. Photo by Arvind Yadav ht
Thousands of people in the national capital violated time restrictions and burst banned firecrackers, defying appeals from health experts, political leaders, and the Supreme Court. Photo by Arvind Yadav ht
Published on Oct 29, 2019 01:06 AM IST
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New Delhi, Hindustan Times | ByJoydeep Thakur, Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa and Soumya Pillai

Stalin hits at AIADMK govt for private buses’ fare surge ahead of Diwali

Thousands of people from Chennai will be travelling home to other parts of the state to celebrate the festival of lights.
MK Stalin slammed the ruling AIADMK government for not stopping private bus operators from raising ticket fares ahead of Diwali.(PTI)
MK Stalin slammed the ruling AIADMK government for not stopping private bus operators from raising ticket fares ahead of Diwali.(PTI)
Published on Oct 26, 2019 11:41 PM IST
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Chennai, Hindustan Times | ByM Manikandan

Diwali ki safai memes are flooding Internet and they’re absolutely relatable

Diwali 2019: Diwali is the time for lights, celebrations, family gatherings and obviously ‘safai’!
Diwali 2019: The hilarious complaints and frustrations from ‘Diwali ki safai’ have sparked a laughing riot.(Twitter/@@MemerBabuaa)
Diwali 2019: The hilarious complaints and frustrations from ‘Diwali ki safai’ have sparked a laughing riot.(Twitter/@@MemerBabuaa)
Updated on Oct 26, 2019 11:35 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySrimoyee Chowdhury

Deepavali 2019: Ways to celebrate Diwali in an eco-friendly way

Deepavali 2019: According to tradition, people light diyas, lamps and candles to celebrate the festival, but over time, the bursting of crackers has taken predominance over other traditions.
Deepavali 2019: Diwali is a festival of celebrations, and although it is difficult to think of having fun without bursting crackers, there’s lots that can be done if we celebrate it in an eco-friendly way.(Unsplash)
Deepavali 2019: Diwali is a festival of celebrations, and although it is difficult to think of having fun without bursting crackers, there’s lots that can be done if we celebrate it in an eco-friendly way.(Unsplash)
Updated on Oct 25, 2019 11:03 AM IST
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Delhi breathes cleaner, air quality in ‘moderate’ zone

Scientists said that a squall late on Friday evening helped the city clear its air from pollutants, but warned that the AQI is likely to slip back to the ‘poor’ category by Sunday.
After a nearly a week-long spell of bad air, Delhi breathed relatively clean on Saturday with the air quality index (AQI) settling in the ‘moderate’ category.(AP Photo)
After a nearly a week-long spell of bad air, Delhi breathed relatively clean on Saturday with the air quality index (AQI) settling in the ‘moderate’ category.(AP Photo)
Updated on Oct 20, 2019 12:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySoumya Pillai

UK town gears up for one of the largest Diwali celebrations

The spectacular lights switch-on ceremony will be held along Belgrave Road, UK, the hub of Asian business and culture dotted with several Indian banks, jewellery shops, restaurants as well as shops offering merchandise sourced from India, UK and elsewhere.
A shop keeper arranges Diwali Lanterns at APMC Market in Navi Mumbai. Image used for representational purpose only.(HiPhoto by Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
A shop keeper arranges Diwali Lanterns at APMC Market in Navi Mumbai. Image used for representational purpose only.(HiPhoto by Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 11, 2019 04:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | ByPrasun Sonwalkar

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Election Commission gives another clean chit to PM Modi, clears Rahul speech

ECI said on Thursday that it found no violation in the speech Modi delivered at Barmer in Rajasthan on April 21 in which he said India hadn’t kept a nuclear arsenal for use on Diwali, the festival of lights and fireworks.
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Election Commission gives another clean chit to PM Modi, clears Rahul speech(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Election Commission gives another clean chit to PM Modi, clears Rahul speech(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 09, 2020 11:22 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByHT Correspondents

Fitness goals for the faint-hearted

Once the shoes, apps and music are in place, the work begins
As any fitness enthusiast will confirm, it’s not just about the shoes. You also need the gear and the music(Shutterstock)
As any fitness enthusiast will confirm, it’s not just about the shoes. You also need the gear and the music(Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 01, 2018 09:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRehana Munir

It’s okay to feel depressed post-Diwali, here’s what causes it

Post-festival withdrawal syndrome is a phenomenon that many people experience after the festive season. Here’s what you can do about it.
Make it a point to stay in touch with people you met during festive season. It will prevent you from feeling lonely.(Unsplash)
Make it a point to stay in touch with people you met during festive season. It will prevent you from feeling lonely.(Unsplash)
Updated on Nov 12, 2018 09:44 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Pakistan PM Imran Khan, ministers wish Hindus on Diwali

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday extended his good wishes to the Hindu community on the occasion of Diwali.
Imran Khan tweeted his Diwali wishes.(Reuters)
Imran Khan tweeted his Diwali wishes.(Reuters)
Published on Nov 07, 2018 07:38 PM IST
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Islamabad | ByPress Trust of India

Diwali 2018: History and significance of Deepawali festival

Diwali 2018: History and significance of Deepawali festival - This year Lakshmi Puja is on November 7. Celebrate this auspicious day by offering prayers to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha.
Lakshmi Puja will be celebrated by offering prayers to Goddess Lakshmi on November 7(Shutterstock)
Lakshmi Puja will be celebrated by offering prayers to Goddess Lakshmi on November 7(Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 07, 2018 10:25 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

In a first, top Indian, US diplomats celebrate Diwali at State Department

Top Indian and American diplomats celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, here on Monday, reflecting the “great strength” of partnership between the two largest democracies of the world.
Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna and Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan were chief guests at the Diwali celebrations held at Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department.(India in USA/Twitter Photo)
Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna and Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan were chief guests at the Diwali celebrations held at Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department.(India in USA/Twitter Photo)
Updated on Nov 06, 2018 11:24 AM IST
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Press Trust of India | ByPress Trust of India

Diwali special:Lighting up lives

On the festival of lights, we salute these inspiring, selfless individuals who feel the pain of others like their own
A karmayogi is someone who dedicates his being to the service of others, says the Bhagavad Gita. When you listen to Ravi Kalra’s inspiring story, you realise what it means to be one in the truest sense.(Jasjeet Plaha/HT Photo)
A karmayogi is someone who dedicates his being to the service of others, says the Bhagavad Gita. When you listen to Ravi Kalra’s inspiring story, you realise what it means to be one in the truest sense.(Jasjeet Plaha/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 05, 2018 04:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByShara Ashraf, Abhinav Verma and Prerna Gauba, New Delhi

Your space: Green is the colour of this Diwali fest

How are you planning to celebrate a green Diwali, following the Supreme Court strictures on polluting and noisy fireworks?. The appex court has allowed residents to burst low-emission fire crackers between 8pm and 10 pm to check the effect of firecrackers on public at large. Here is the readers’ view
Diwali is traditionally a festival of lights and not of colours as painted in the later period(HT/PHOTO)
Diwali is traditionally a festival of lights and not of colours as painted in the later period(HT/PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 04, 2018 03:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByHT Correspondent

Diwali 2018: 5 diverse ways to celebrate the festival of lights

There’s more to Diwali than lights, sweets and card parties. Here are 5 unique ways in which the festival is celebrated across India.
There are many traditions associated with Diwali and the festival is celebrated in different ways across India.(Unsplash)
There are many traditions associated with Diwali and the festival is celebrated in different ways across India.(Unsplash)
Updated on Nov 04, 2018 10:00 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

How to celebrate a green Diwali: Recycle, refuse, reduce, refuel, reuse

Diwali 2018: Here are five exciting, affordable and eco-friendly ideas to help you celebrate the festival of lights. With a little patience and effort, you can minimise your energy, consumption and waste this Diwali.
Diwali 2018: Get ready for a greener Diwali celebration by following these simple steps. (Instagram)
Diwali 2018: Get ready for a greener Diwali celebration by following these simple steps. (Instagram)
Updated on Nov 03, 2018 09:43 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySanya Panwar

Madras HC bans online sale of crackers till a week after Diwali

In his petition filed last month, M Shaik Abdullah, a member of the Chennai Metro Fireworks Dealers Association sought restraint of online sale of fireworks and crackers by retailers as this was illegal and also raised safety concerns
A fire crackers market in India (File Photo)(HT Photo)
A fire crackers market in India (File Photo)(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2018 11:59 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chennai | ByMC Rajan

It’s time you started planning your vacations according to your hobbies

Vacations can also be spent at ayurveda retreats for rejuvenation or just cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Rejuvenating can be a good idea for a holiday, instead of just exploring a new place.(Shutterstock)
Rejuvenating can be a good idea for a holiday, instead of just exploring a new place.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 12, 2018 10:17 AM IST
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