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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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