by Ms. Matani


As many of us have seen, stereotypes and misunderstandings about religions are very common.  One that I’ve personally experienced has to do with Hindus “worshiping” cows.  Did you ever wonder why they do that?  Well many people would be surprised to find out that they actually don’t.  In their attempt to understand a foreign phenomenon, people who have studied Hinduism have miserably failed in interpreting it. So, when Mr. Lakhaney asked me to write about the Hindu holiday, Diwali, I happily agreed.  Diwali is a holiday that is celebrated near the month of November.  It signifies different things to different people but I’ll let you know about the story I was told by my father.  Many years ago, there was