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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Monday, October 27, 2003
DEWALI FESTIVAL IN SINGAPORE
jet and jay having good time on the DEWALI festival in Singapore.
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DEWALI, DIVALI, DEEPAVALI, FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, is a Hindi religious festival. this is being observed October-November, last two days of the Hindi lunar month of Asvia and first two days of Kartika.this is symbolized by Good Luck Designs, Lamps and Games of Chance.


The word DEWALI is a corruption of the Sanskrit word DEEPAWALI, which means "a row of lights", also known as the Festival of Lights.This is primarily observed in honor of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.


In northern India, it is believed that this is the time of the year when Lakshmi returns from her summer home in the country. The special oil Lamps that line in the rooftops and windowsills of Hindu homes during the four day festival are put up there to help her find her way.


This festival marks the beginning of the New Year for Hindus in Northern India, where people whitewash their houses, open new account books and pray for success and prosperity in the coming year. Dewali marks the end of the monsoon season. this celebration includes the burning of the effigies of NARAKA.


In Bengal, Dewali is dedicated to the worship of Kali, the goddess of strength.spectacular images of the goddess are decorated and worshipped before being immersed in a river,sea or sacred tank.


In Maharashtra, Dewali is a festival to ward off King Bali, the ruler of the underworld. in Punjab and Mauritius, Dewali celebrates the coronation of Rama, a manifestation of Vishnu, after his conquest of Ravana, the ruler of Sri Lanka who had stolen his wife.


The Sikhs, regard this festival as a time to celebrate the freeing of their Guru Hargobind Sahib by the Mughal emperor.


In Nepal, this is called TIHAR, a multiple holiday that celebrates the new year and Lakshmi


Dewali is importan to Hindus as CHRISTMAS is to the christians.


THIS IS THE TIME OF SHOWING CHARITIES TO OTHERS AND HAVING A NEW START.
posted by infraternam meam @ 2:16 PM  
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