Deepavali (Festival of Lights)

Deepavali, Diwali or Dīpāvali in Hindu Religion (Hinduism) means “Festival of Lights”. This festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil, and lamps lit as a sign of celebration and hope of mankind. This celebration focuses on the lamp and light, especially in light “diya” traditional. Fireworks were also used in this festival in some parts of the country.
Deepavali celebrations held for five consecutive days in the Hindu calendar month of “Ashwayuja”. This usually occurs in October or November, and is one of the most popular festivals and the most eagerly awaited in India. Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs alike regard the festival as a celebration of life and use this peryaan to strengthen kinship among family and friends. To the people of Jain, it also is one of the most important festival, marking the start of the Jain year. This celebration also included an important festival for the Sikh people.

This festival marks the victory of good over bad. Sanskrit word Deepavali means rows of light that marks the victory of light over darkness. On Deepavali day, many are wearing new clothes, share sweets and lit fireworks. In northern India, people usually start a new financial period on the day of Deepavali and new accounts opened on the same day.
Deepavali celebrates the return of Rama, the king of Ayodhya, his wife, Sinta, and his brother Lakshmana to Ayodhya from a war where Rama killed Ravana (Rahwana). It is believed also that the lighting of street lamps symbolize the light that guides them in the dark.
In the year 2010, Deepavali was held on november, precisely on November 5, 2010. Deepavali celebrations not only last in India, but progress is also another country, such as in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Surinam, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji, etc. Includes Indian descent in Indonesia.
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