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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 to Thursday, October 19, 2017

Deepavali  (DiwaliI) - the festival of lights, is a festival even the poorest families in India celebrate, hanging diyas, or lamps, around their homes. Sweets are emphasized during Diwali celebrations. It marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year according to the Lunar Calendar. It literally translated means 'Row of Lights'. It celebrates the victory of Goodness over Evil and Light over Darkness - it ushers in the new year. Especially for this event people clean their houses and wear new clothes. Diwali is a 5 day festival. There are many different names for the days of Diwali in different regions of India (South & North India, East & West India) and in the different languages spoken in that regions (i.e. Hindi, Urdu, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Bengali). During Deepavali people pray to Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth, light, prosperity and wisdom, but also to Ganesha, the 'Remover of Obstacles' and the 'Lord of Beginnings'.    

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