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Festival of Diwali . By Sabrina Scott. Celebration . Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains Usually falls in October or November Tuesday, November 13. Vikrama Calendar. New Year Festival in the Vikrama Calendar - late Ashvin to early Kartika Falls on the night of the new moon

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Festival of diwali

Festival of Diwali

By Sabrina Scott


Celebration
Celebration

  • Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains

  • Usually falls in October or November

  • Tuesday, November 13


Vikrama calendar
Vikrama Calendar

  • New Year Festival in the Vikrama Calendar - late Ashvin to early Kartika

  • Falls on the night of the new moon

    • First day: Dhan Teras

    • Last day: Yama Dvitiya


The festival of lights
The Festival of Lights

  • Lasts for over five days

  • Candy and fireworks


Legends
Legends

  • Finding the joys in life

  • Legends of victory vary throughout India

    • Good vs. Evil

    • Light vs. Darkness


Derivation
Derivation

  • Dipavali - row of lights

  • Diyas

    • Windows of homes and public places

    • Mustard oil

    • Oil lamps in the Ganges River


Lakshmi
Lakshmi

  • Business --> Success

  • Goddess of wealth, light

Elephants - power

Lotus Flower - fertile growth, rebirth

Red clothing - continuous activity


Worship
Worship

  • Open windows with candles

  • Small alters with pictures of nice belongings

  • Rangoli - lotus pattern drawn on the ground

  • Feast and celebration


Activities
Activities

  • Gambling

    • Legend - goddess Parvati on Diwali

  • Shopping

    • Candy, dried fruit

    • Gift exchange


Questions
Questions

  • Easier:

    • Who is the main goddess worshipped during Diwali?

  • Harder:

    • What are small candles put on windowsills called?


Answers
Answers

  • Easier:

    • Lakshmi

  • Harder:

    • Diyas


Notes
Notes

  • http://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/holidays/diwali.htm

  • http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article35843.ece

  • http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth+diwali

  • http://www.vedicodyssey.com/adventures/1110_rajasthan/rajasthan_spiritual_adventure-diwali.shtml

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_calendar#Vikrama_and_Shalivahana_calendars

  • http://icetrail.blogspot.com/2011/06/diwali-games-gifts-date-pictures.html

  • http://enjoydiwali.blogspot.com/2010/10/flower-rangoli-design.html

  • http://www.indiamarks.com/guide/Diwali-The-Festival-of-Lights/173/

  • http://lifegivingmantras.blogspot.com/2010/07/parvati-swayamvara-mantra.html

  • http://www.theholidayspot.com/diwali/candle_decorations.htm

  • http://www.exoticindiaart.com/lakshmiandsaraswati.htm

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/hinduism/holydays/diwali.shtml


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