Happy Diwali, the Festival of Lights!

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Our Best Wishes to All Readers & Followers, for

Very Happy Diwali & Prosperous New Year!

-Deo & Family

Massachusetts, Thursday, October 31, 2013.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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The Rangoli Decorations made from colored powders, is popular during Diwali. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Diwali a.k.a. Divali, Deepavali or the “festival of lights“, is a five-day Hindu festival which starts on Dhanteras, celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Ashwin and ends on Bhaubeej, celebrated on the second lunar day of Shukla paksha of the Hindu calendar month Kartik. Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Dazzling Bright Diwali in Mumbai. My Hometown.

Dazzling Bright Diwali in Mumbai. My Hometown.

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Lights for Diwali festival in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.

Mesmerizing, Magical and Magnificent Mumbai Skyline on Diwali Night.

Mesmerizing, Magical and Magnificent Mumbai Skyline on Diwali Night.

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Made from Bamboo, and fixed with starch, thread, the traditional Indian lanterns are in great demand, especially during the festival of Diwali. These lanterns also grace the stage decoration and backdrops of important cultural programs, and Indian classical musical concerts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC. Arya Samajists, celebrate this day as Death Anniversary of Swami Dayanand Saraswati. They also celebrate this day as Shardiya Nav-Shasyeshti.

Mumbai Shining Bright During the Festival of Lights: Diwali.

Mumbai Shining Bright During the Festival of Lights: Diwali.

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Famous Diwali celebrations in Leicester, UK. The lights go up in October with a Diwali theme and, during November, the Hindu lamps are replaced by seasonal symbols to celebrate Christmas in December. The decorated building is the Belgrave Neighborhood Centre which is located in the featured square. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The name “Diwali” or “Divali” is a contraction of deepavali which translates into “row of lamps”. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are burst because it is believed that it drives away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.

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Diwali Oil Lamps lit during the Diwali, festival of lights in Darjeeling. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The festival starts with Dhanteras on which most Indian business communities begin their financial year. The second day of the festival is called the Naraka Chaturdasi. Amavasya, the third day of Diwali, marks the worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. The fourth day of Diwali is known as Kartika Shudda Padyami. The fifth day is referred to as Yama Dvitiya, and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes.

Absolutely Gorgeous Indian Diwali Lanterns Light Up the Houses in India.

Absolutely Gorgeous Indian Diwali Lanterns Light Up the Homes in India.

The diwali diyas at Diwali Celebrations at Ban...

The Diyas at Diwali Celebrations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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About Deodatta Shenai-Khatkhate

Scientist by profession, with education from various Universities in India, England, Scotland, and U.S.A. Interests include Literature, Music, Photography, Social service, and understanding different cultures.
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13 Responses to Happy Diwali, the Festival of Lights!

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  2. Don Ostertag says:

    Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year. And thank you for the informative post.

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    Wishing you a wonderful year full of light!

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  5. Baldeep Kaur says:

    A very happy Diwali to you. Wishing you loads of peace, prosperity and happiness.

    Happy living!

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