Faith - Holy time for area Hindus

"Hinduism has unity in diversity - we may celebrate differently from one another, but all the gods and ideas are the same"

November with Diwali, the biggest holiday of all. It marks the triumphant return of Rama and his wife to mainland India, where they established a golden age of civilization, said Sonia Chopra, a media volunteer at the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or Hare Krishna, temple in Potomac.

"Rama returned to India in the evening, so people welcomed him with lamps - that's why Diwali is called the 'festival of light,' " said Chopra. "It is light vanquishing the darkness."