Diwali-Explained

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Diwali-Festival of Light in India - Explained

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DIWALI –FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

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Diwali symbolizes going from darkness to light, the start of the Hindu New Year and a celebration for Indians of all religions all over the world.

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Before Diwali Hindus send cards to their friends and family

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They go to people’s houses and give presents

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People like to buy new clothes on Diwali

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Jewelry is also a big favorite

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Many create elaborate designs (Rangoli)

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Another Rangoli example

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But it was a moonless, dark night. Rama couldn’t see. So the people of Ayodhya, who were waiting, had an idea On Diwali, the story is that a famous Indian God & King, Rama returned home after 14 years

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They lit the roads with little lamps to show them the way home. It was a huge celebration that day. This is Diwali, the festival of lights.

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Every year Diwali comes on a moonless night. The streets are covered with lights.

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People shop. Children buy interesting things like these clay dolls

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The shops and markets are colorfully lit too

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Temples of all religions are brightly lit on this day

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The Golden Temple

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There are Diwali fairs everywhere

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Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth is worshipped for a prosperous year ahead.

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The actual day begins with people decorating their prayer areas at home. They thank God for their families and pray for a great new year with health, wealth and good luck

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Little lamps surround the Gods

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The prayer area looks festive with fruits & flowers

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After prayers, everyone goes out to light lamps and candles around the house

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After prayers, everyone goes out to light lamps and candles around the house Some diyas are colored and decorated

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Then, its time to eat.

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Colored mithai (sweets) are everywhere.

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People prepare delicious foods in their homes

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After eating, kids light firecrackers

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The spinning wheel is a big favorite

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The spinning wheel is a big favorite Children love the sparklers

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Diwali is a time for Hindus to get closer to family and friends

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Happy Diwali

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