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Happy Diwali 2017

Diwali is the most significant religious festival among Hindus. Diwali, which is also known as Deepavali, is also known as the festival of lights. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. At most places Diwali is celebrated for five days.

 

 

The date of the festival is calculated according to the position of the moon and the Hindu lunar calendar and is usually in October or November.This means the date of Diwali changes each year and in 2017 the main date will be held on Thursday, October 19.

 

 

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year. Diwali is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.

 

 

Many people celebrate the legend of Hindu God Rama and his wife Sita’s returning to their kingdom in northern India after being exiled following the defeat of demon king Ravanna.The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period. The celebration involves cooking, meeting friends and relatives, taking blessings, performing pujas, buying mettalic objects, gifting, lighting up houses with diyas or decorative lights, decoration of homes, and, definitely, bursting of fire crackers.

 

 

Before Deepavali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. Deepavali also marks a major shopping period in nations where it is celebrated.

 

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