Saturday, November 02, 2013

Diwali 2013 - November 2, 2013


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This is the second Diwali - this year from November 3rd to November 7th - that 
I have been in India.  It is probably the major Hindu festival of the year, celebrated
by friends and family with much joy and festivity, firecrackers popping, gift giving 
and wonderful foods, traditional to this time of celebration.  Much like Christmas 
in the Christian world, it is a holiday when those far afield return to their homeland 
to be with their families to maintain traditions.  Diwali, the festival of lights, is
a joyous time, a time of rebirth, hope, and homes are filled with candles and diyas
burning oil to fill the world with brightness.


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Each of the four days of Diwali has a different legend/theme/myth, usually
dealing with the triumph of good over evil and darkness, thus the importance
and significance of light.  Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word "dipavali"
which means "row of lights" and candles and diyas are placed  everywhere in
homes and business.  Fireworks light the heavens and there is a sense of
joy everywhere.

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If you'd like to know a little more about Diwali, check out the links below.  

Happy Diwali to everyone, especially to all of my Hindu and Indian friends in India 
and elsewhere in the world.  I wish you all a happy Diwali filled with all life's blessing 
for you and those you hold dear. At this sacred time, when evil was banished and 
light overcame darkness, I am honored to once again be in India to share in this 
joyous occasion. May the goddess, Lakshmi, bring you, not only material wealth, but 
the wealth of loving family and friends and may the Lord Ganesha constantly remove 
any obstacles that come up in your life.


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10 comments:

  1. Happy Diwali, which we call Deepavali over here in Malaysia.

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  2. Happy Diwali! How interesting to learn of this festival.

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  3. Glad you are spending this holiday in your home away from home. I had a customer in the other day with her little girl and both were dressed in beautiful pink saris with gold highlights. I commented on the saris and she told me they were dressed for Diwali.

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  4. Interesting...thanks for sharing.

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  5. What a delightful post on Diwali. It's my favourite festival. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  6. Happy Diwali - a bit late!

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  7. Thanks for the information... I really love your blog posts... specially those on Local Tamil News

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  8. We saw a major firework display in the distance from here (after the Nov 5th usual ones) and I'm sure it was Diwali celebrations.
    There is a reasonable Indian population in Bristol and children do get taught about this Hindu celebration.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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