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Diwali

Grace Jastrom, Staff Writer

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When the holiday season rolls around, the most common holidays that come to mind include Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Kwanza, but has Diwali ever come to mind?

“Diwali is a Hindu festival that celebrates light. It lasts for three days, where each day we dress up and pray to God for our well being,” said Simran Hotwani, Freshman.

The Hindu holiday is celebrated all over the world, and is recognized as a national holiday in India and many other countries. Diwali is the biggest and most important holiday of the Hindu religion. During the celebration, people light clay lamps (Avali or Deepa) in a row outside of their homes to symbolize the inner light that triumphs over spiritual darkness, as well as the return of Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of the Hindu God, Vishnu, and a king of Ayodhya, returns from fourteen years of exile.

Diwali is celebrated over a three day period, but the main festival starts on the night with the darkest new moon of Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. The month of Kartika usually falls in autumn, for the Northern Hemisphere, or spring, for the Southern Hemisphere. Last year, Diwali landed on the 11th of November. This year, it will land on the 30th of October, a day before Halloween.

The festivities of the holiday are incredibly elaborate. They include glimmering lights from roofs, many different variations of colorful fireworks, and even, exchanging presents with each other.

The holiday season includes many unforgettable festivities that come to mind most of the time, but maybe, this year, Diwali will be on that list.

If you would like to share your unique holiday traditions, please comment below!

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