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Lit oil lamps arranged in a pattern on the ground (Shutterstock)

Americans celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali

Learn about the Festival of Lights that Hindus observe every fall. This is part of a series about religious holidays as observed by Americans.
Men lowering furniture from a balcony (© AP Images)

USAID works alongside Mexican teams to rescue, rebuild

U.S. disaster relief teams partner with their counterparts in Mexico to search for earthquake survivors and provide humanitarian relief.
Woman holding a ram's horn as another woman blows into it (© AP Images)

A fall tradition: American Jews observe holy days

Learn about the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. This is the first in a series that looks at religious holidays as observed by Americans.
People walking down sidewalk, carrying sign saying "Unity Walk" (© Washington Post via Getty Image)

Walk in remembrance of 9/11 unites Washingtonians

Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jews, Muslims — people of all faiths — participate in Washington's Unity Walk each September.
Farmers picking coffee beans (Greg Kahn for USAID)

Latin American farmers team up with U.S. coffee firms [video]

Big U.S. coffee companies need coffee beans, and small coffee farmers around the world need a sustainable market. See how partnerships are helping both.
Four Pakistani girls listening to a teacher (© AP Images)

Combating illiteracy one child at a time

Increased literacy rates create safer, healthier and more prosperous communities. See what the world is doing September 8 on International Literacy Day.
Road signs on a highway (© Alamy)

Travel the world without ever leaving this U.S. state

Where can you find China, Egypt, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, Peru and Lebanon all in one state?
Blurred lights from spinning carnival rides (© Joel Sartore/National Geographic)

State fairs in photos: Food, livestock and fun

State fairs showcase U.S. agriculture and give future farmers a way to impress expert judges. They also provide summertime fun for many Americans.
Woman playing the violin with dancers in Ukrainian dress behind her (Christine Syzonenko)

In photos: Americans celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day

Ukrainian American communities throughout the United States celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day in festivals every August.