DIWALI: FESTIVAL OF LIGHT

Diwali

Diwali (also called Deepavali) has been celebrated in India since ancient times and is the biggest, most important holiday of the year. Diwali means ‘Festival of Lights’, the name being derived from the rows of clay lamps placed outside homes to symbolize the inner light that protects people from spiritual darkness. It takes place in either October or November, and is celebrated by each of the country’s main faiths, all of which view it as a festival marking the triumph of good over evil. Hindus see it as a celebration of gods defeating demons. For Sikhs, it marks the day the Sixth Sikh Gura, Guru Hargobind Ji, got out of prison, for Jains, the spiritual awakening (nirvana) of Lord Mahavira, and for Buddhists, the day Emperor Ashoka converted to Buddhism.

Diwali lasts for five days, the first day being the on which housewives clean house. On day two, houses are decorated with clay lamps and coloured powders or sand laid out in a special pattern. Day three, the main day of the festival, is for family gatherings devoted to prayer, feasting, and fireworks. Day four marks the first day of the New Year, and involves visits from family and friends to exchange gifts and good wishes. On the last day, married women greet visiting brothers with food.

* Don’t forget to enter the Kids’ History Mystery Contest for a chance to win a free e-copy of The Disappearing Rose!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Waas Blog

We all have an unique story....I want to share yours!

The Picture Book Review

Reviews of Children's Board Books, Picture Books, Activity Books, and Graphic Novels

Cafe Book Bean

Talk Books. Drink Coffee.

Gotta Find a Home

Conversations with Street People

Rearview Mirror

Music, Film, Art, History and more....

Raw Streets

by MaxGor

Magna Bloga- A History Blog

Sharing my passion for history

Your Well Wisher Program

Attempt to solve commonly known problems…

Indie Hero

Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller

O' Canada

Reflections on Canadian Culture From Below the Border

Juju Films

Cutting edge Multimedia Programming

BOOK SHELF

"Tell me and I forget-Show me and I remember-Involve me and I learn"

euzicasa

Share something you learned everyday!

Simple Pleasures

Visual Poetry, Photography and Quotes

Project Light to Life

A bucket list blog: exploring happiness, growth, and the world.

Travel

The greatest blog in all the land! find the best articles about: Adventure Travel, Airline Travel, Budget Travel, Hotels and Lodging, Timeshare,

web blog

you can find in this blog articles about : Web Hosting SEO Affiliate Programs Online Business PPC Advertising

Jumbled Writer – Charlie Dims

Putting kids and history together

TheCoevas official blog

Putting kids and history together

Eric Price

Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Whatever Else Comes to Mind.

John B. Rosenman, SF/F/Horror Writer

Putting kids and history together

The Neighborhood

society online's social conscious

Top 10 of Anything and Everything!!!

Animals, Gift Ideas, Travel, Books, Recycling Ideas and Many, Many More

THE LOS PERSPECTIVE

The Journey and Adventures of a Hindu Pagan

wordpress/

Just another WordPress.com site

Andrew Hines

be inspired

Book Hub, Inc.

The Total Book Experience

Longevity Letter

Aging can be hacked

Rennert New York TESOL Center | TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification

Teach English as a Second Language | Tips and Ideas

Montessori and the World

An Adventure into Montessori Studies in Italy

The Normanators

Domestic Goddess. New Blogger. Homeschooling Mama.

Another Hatchett Job....

Homeschooling, Sewing, and Quilting at the Cabin

Bucca Books

Reading and Experiencing Children's Literature

Fashioning Sociology

Fashioning New and Emerging Media

Duir School's Blog

Port Hope's Newest Child Care Option

Rushing to Read

random reviews from library day

AnswerIt

Funny pictures & cartoons to make you smile.

Tails from Paris

Comics Blog with real bites of love and delightful rascals inside ...

Matt on Not-WordPress

Stuff and things.

Katie L. Carroll Observation Desk

Author of Books for Teens and Kids

Natter and Review

This WordPress.com site is about books, both the reading and the writing.

Time Travelling With Kids

Putting kids and history together

%d bloggers like this: