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  • Shine On: A Diwali-Inspired Music Playlist

    Celebrate Diwali with a suitable soundtrack of songs that plays with the theme of lights. // Photo Source: On The Go Tours For most people, the autumn season is known for Halloween. But for Hindus, a fantastic festival happens during the fall that makes it look like New Year’s has arrived early. This event is known as Diwali, and is known as the Festival of Lights. This luminous celebration is significant for Hindus because it purports the triumph of light against the dark; where the spiritual forces of good reigns supreme over evil and highlights positive aspects like hope and knowledge over despair and ignorance. While there is no fixed date for the annual event of Diwali, it usually falls between mid-October and mid-November as per the Hindu Lunisolar calendar. Hindu practitioners in the United States celebrate Diwali, and the festival is an official holiday for many Asian countries including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Malaysia. During Diwali, homes are cleaned and decorated wh ...

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  • A Safe Trick-or-Treating Game Plan for Kids

    You can breathe easy knowing that your child will be safe going trick-or-treating after reading this guide. // Photo Source: Delia Creates We all know that kids look forward to Halloween for the sole purpose of dressing up in their costumes and going trick-or-treating. But as a concerned parent, you want your child to have a fun time while being safe at the same time. So here are some key things you need to know and discuss with your kids before they venture off into the neighborhood to collect their yearly haul of free sweets. Continue reading → ...

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  • Things that Native Americans Contributed to US Society

    In celebration of Native Americans Day, we feature some interesting facts about the contributions of American Indians to US culture. // Photo Source: Media Black Hills The second Monday of October is when the state of South Dakota honors American Indians by celebrating Native Americans Day. The indigenous peoples of America have struggled throughout history to preserve and protect their culture, despite the challenges brought on by immigrants from Europe and other countries. And it’s great to see that even in modern times, Native Americans are able to seamlessly balance their time-honored traditions with progressive social trends. So in honor of all the indigenous peoples of the United States, we take the time to look at the various things that they have contributed to American culture. Continue reading → ...

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  • Midterm Mayhem: Tips on Making the Grade

    Dreading midterms this semester? You're not alone. So here's how you can get through it sans the stress! // Photo Source: UMD Jour 203 Raise your hand if the thought of doing midterm exams is enough to make you want to bury yourself under your comfortable duvet and never come out again. If you are one of the many college students who dread the middle of the semester, then it’s time for you to get a fresh and positive perspective on things. Midterm exams are designed to be challenging, and there’s no reason for you to fear such a task if you’re well-equipped to face them. That being said, here are some helpful tips on how you can make the grade without sending yourself into fits of anxiety. Continue reading → ...

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  • Marvel-ous Halloween Costume Ideas for 2014

    Be inspired by the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe this Halloween! // Photo Source: Comic Book Movie With Halloween more than a month away, we figured that it would be a great idea to feature some cool costume ideas for the upcoming event where dressing up and getting free candy is the name of the game. Whether you’re a hyperactive youngster prowling the neighborhood for sweets or a young-at-heart college senior looking to impress at a costume party, Halloween is the perfect time for you to showcase some creative chops when it comes to making a statement in an eye-catching costume. Marvel Studios has established itself as a popular global brand where their fantastic stories and characters have provided explosive entertainment for the masses and earned unwavering loyalty among hardcore fanboys and fangirls. And with the behemoth Hollywood company dominating the summer movie season this year with a double whammy of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Gala ...

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