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What is Diwali?

Diwali is a festival which is celebrated in India and Nepal. While it is particularly sacred to Hindus, practitioners of other Indian religions also celebrate Diwali, and Jainist, Hindu, and Sikh communities all over the world commemorate Diwali with smaller festivals of their own. The timing of this holiday varies, since it is based on the Hindu lunar calendar, but it is generally celebrated in the fall. Diwali festivities in India involve everyone, not just the religious faithful, and the holiday is a major event in the Indian year.
The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil; in Hindi, Diwali means “festival of lights,” and people light rows of lights to commemorate heroic figures in Indian mythology who triumphed over the forces of evil. Diwali is also a propitious time for new endeavors, and many people clean their homes and open all their windows and doors to welcome luck and good fortune during Diwali.

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Asked by samurai_chica at 7:19 AM on Nov. 5, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • The exchange of gifts is also traditional during this holiday, and many people host dinners and Diwali parties.

    Numerous myths and stories are associated with Diwali. Many of these myths center around the defeat of evil demons, or the exoneration and freedom of wrongfully oppressed people. Diwali celebrates religious elevation and enlightenment as well. Many Diwali festivals also honor specific Hindu gods like Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Ganesha, the god of auspicious or new beginnings. In many regions of India, people also exchange traditional Diwali greetings when they encounter each other on the street; these greetings express a mutual desire for good luck and fortune in the coming year.

    For those of you who are wondering what Diwali is....Thanks CafeMom for recognizing an important Hindu Holiday!

    Comment by samurai_chica (original poster) at 7:20 AM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Wow i was wandering what that was,,, Happy Diwali


    Answer by kileighsmommie at 7:21 AM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • haha...i never even notice the little avatars across the CM logo.
    Happy Diwali, OP. (and pixiestix, i think??)

    Answer by dullscissors at 7:38 AM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Thank you Samurai for taking the time to explain the festival of Diwali to us. 


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 8:03 AM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Good information. I did not know.

    Answer by RidingPink at 10:36 AM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • It's good seeing cafemom starting to reach out nd incorporate more religious and cultural holidays from all over the world.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:54 AM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Seeing the CM logo this morning just made me smile.

    Answer by KelleyP77 at 11:02 AM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Thanks samurai for an interesting and informative post.

    bow down


    Answer by beeky at 11:14 AM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Happy Diwali!

    Answer by Mama2124 at 11:36 AM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Happy and Blessed Diwali everyone!

    Thx CM for recognizing it.

    Answer by Amaranth361 at 12:24 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

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