What Is Diwali and When Is it?

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What Is Diwali and When Is it?

Silas Ou, Reporter

Diwali is an Indian Holiday that is celebrated from around Nov.7 to Nov.12. For example, in Southern India, it’s November 6th to November 11th. So what is Diwali/Divali and where is it celebrated? Diwali is also called the Festival of Lights and takes place on the darkest night in the month of Kartik in the Hindu calendar. However, an issue in Delhi (the capital of India) has caused worries that during Diwali people will choke to death due to the toxic air from pollution. So what do people do in Diwali? Or Deepawali?  You see, on Nov. 6. Southern India starts it called Deepawali. So, on Nov. 7. Northern India starts the celebration, called Diwali. Very Confusing. Below is a slideshow that goes into further detail about Diwali.

 

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  • Diwali in India involves alot of lights, hence the name. These lights are called diyas. It is believed that deceased relatives come back to visit their families on Earth during this festival and the lights are a way to guide the spirits home. (Sort of like day of the dead.)

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  • Gambling is encouraged during this season as a way of ensuring good luck for the coming year and in remembrance of the games of dice played by the Lord Shiva and Parvati on Mount Kailasa. usually for the sake of Tradition thay always let the Female win.

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  • They also light up fireworks in the sky to scare away evil spirits. Fun fact; 70 percent of the fireworks used in Diwali are from one town.

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  • On Diwali people also settle old business deals and rid them self of any feelings of hate,anger,and jealousy.

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  • Diwali is celebrated in about 12 Countries. These countries are: India, Pakistan, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius,Myanmar, Kenya,Guyana, Singapore,Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. In total around 800 million people celebrate Diwali.

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