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DIWALI –FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. Before Diwali Hindus send cards to their friends and family. They go to people’s houses and give presents. People like to buy new clothes on Diwali. Jewelry is also a big favourite. Many create elaborate designs ( Rangoli ). Another Rangoli example.
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On Diwali, the story is that a famous Indian God & King, Rama returned home after 14 years
But it was a moonless, dark night. Rama couldn’t see. So the people of Ayodhya, who were waiting, had an idea
They lit the roads with little lamps to show them the way home. It was a huge celebration that day. This is Diwali, the festival of lights.
Every year Diwali comes on a moonless night. The streets are covered with lights.
Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth is worshipped for a prosperous year ahead.
The actual day begins with people decorating their prayer areas at home. They thank God for their families and pray for a great new year with health, wealth and good luck
After prayers, everyone goes out to light lamps and candles around the house
After prayers, everyone goes out to light lamps and candles around the house Some diyas are colored and decorated
Children love the sparklers The spinning wheel is a big favorite
Diwali symbolisesgoing from darkness to light, the start of the Hindu New Year and a celebration for Indians of all religions all over the world.