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Friday, November 09, 2007

Today is Deepavali (Diwali) in India

Deepavali – festival of lights is one of the most important festivals of Hindus in India. This falls normally in late October or early November. On this day, all the Hindus decorate their houses with oil lamps.

Mythology tells that the Narakasura was an evil man and he was torturing and imprisoning people in his kingdom so the Lord Krishna killed him. It is believed that Diwali is celebrated to commemorate the victory of good over evil.

Normally preparations include shopping, preparing good food, inviting friends over, decorating the house, visiting the temple and bursting firecrackers. I still remember growing up as a kid used to look forward to Diwali because our Hindu friends invite us and the best part is that they buy firecrackers for us to burst them.

It is also the biggest shopping season for India (something similar to holiday season in the US). Slowly but surely Diwali is becoming more and more commercialized where the festival is not celebrated with people but with materialism. I guess that’s the trade off for globalization.

Wishing you a very happy Diwali.

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