Diwali: The Festival of Lights

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It’s almost Halloween and you know what that means? That’s right, midterms! But more importantly, it is time for the most celebrated holiday in South Asia, Diwali!

Diwali is the festival of lights that commemorates the triumph of good over evil. To countries around the world, Diwali means different things. Northern Indians celebrate the return of Lord Rama from fourteen years of exile after he defeated the evil Lord Ravana. Gujarati’s celebrate Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Even the Nepalese commemorate Lord Krishna’s triumph over another evil King. In Sri Lanka, Burma, Singapore, Malaysia and other countries in South America and the Caribbean, Diwali is an official holiday. It’s great to see how much India has influenced the rest of the world! A normal Diwali night starts off with a Puja (prayer) and the lighting of the candles, or diyas. Next, enjoy some delicious Indian food. Finally, its time to whip out the fireworks. There is no better way to close out a five day celebration than firecrackers, sparklers and a possible fireworks show. In all, Diwali is a fun holiday for people of all ages. What is your favorite Diwali activity?

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Putting a spark in your Diwali celebration,

Intandesh

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  1. Pingback: Hindus feel abandoned over no Diwali holiday in New York City schools | Earthpages.org

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