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Friday, 20 January 2017

Diwali

Diwali is the festival of lights. The meaning of Diwali is the rows of lighted lamps. Diwali or Deepavali is celebrated in Autumn every year in the northern hemisphere. Diwali is a holiday for Pakistan, India, Fiji, Malaysia, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago. Before the special day people renovate and decorate their homes and offices. They also dress up in new clothes or the best outfits. This is also celebrated in NZ as well. The main public festivals are in Auckland and Wellington. People exchange gifts or sweets on this day. Children explode firecrackers at night.  People believe that on this day, Hindu Goddess Laxmi enters only those houses which are neat and tidy. People offer prayers for their own health, wealth and prosperity. They let the light on so that Goddess Laxmi may find no difficulty in finding her way in and smile upon them. In 2016 Diwali will be celebrated on Sunday the 30th of October. This story is about Rama rescuing his wife Sita from the Demon King Ravana with his brother Lakshmana and a monkey possessing special powers called Hanumana. On Lord Rama’s Return after 14 years in exile, Diwali was celebrated for the first time.

The 5 days of Diwali  is….




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