Holi Celebrations in New York City


The weather’s warm, spring’s almost here, and for many Hindus around the world, that means it’s time to celebrate Holi. The Hindu holiday honors the triumph of good over evil – with lots of color. The most visual part of the celebration involves throwing and smearing brightly colored powder over everyone. In the United States, Holi is starting to become big business – with music festivals and events called color runs – where runners are covered in the colors as they compete. For some Hindus, there’s a worry that as the holiday becomes mainstream, it’s losing its meaning. Erin Golackson has more.

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LGBT Inclusive Church Struggles To Find A Home

In 2014, Atlah Church in Harlem began posting words on its marquee like “All Churches that support homos, cursed be thou with cancer,” and “Harlem is a sodomite free zone.” And Atlah’s pastor, James David Manning, has been preaching those words for years. The church is about a million dollars behind on its bills and next week it is scheduled to be up for foreclosure auction – which Atlah says their non-profit status prohibits. The Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT Youth started a crowdfunding campaign to buy the church, and has already reached its goal. But that’s not the only group trying to reclaim that space for LGBT people. Erin Golackson spent time with an inclusive church called Rivers of Living Water that’s also trying to buy Atlah.

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Passover Inspires Fire Safety Precautions


Passover starts tonight. The week long Jewish holiday celebrates the story of Moses liberating Jewish slaves from Egypt and the receiving of the Torah. But Midwood, Brooklyn is still reeling after seven children from the Sassoon family were killed in a fire two weeks ago. The fire was caused by a malfunctioning hot plate left on overnight. Observant Jewish families don’t use electronics on the Sabbath, so hot plates and automatic light timers are essential. Anjuli Sastry reports that as the community prepares for Passover, there’s debate about how to put safety first in a way that doesn’t compromise religious practice.

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