Festival of Lights Festivities Include Traditional Diwali Activities

Hindu community celebrating Diwali

"The Festival of Diwali carries great and varying religious and cultural significance among the several sects of Hinduism, with the universal message being that of good triumphing over evil".

Felicitating the Hindu community on their festival of "Diwali", the Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that this festival promotes a sense of service along with infusing the sentiments of unity and cohesion in the people. "Everyone's in a jolly mood eating candies and food".

The word "Diwali" translates to "series of lights" and is primarily marked by the presence of different forms of light including candles, lanterns, and fireworks. But Diwali is also a time for prayer and contemplation, to reflect on our obligations to help our fellow human beings, particularly the less fortunate.

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Sixteen-year-old Bharti lit earthen oil lamps on Diwali as an age-old tradition in the backyard of the Swami Narayan Temple. "I wish everyone a joyous Diwali, Deepavali and Bandi Chhor Divas". Students from all cultures and backgrounds came to enjoy the festival's food and lights.

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One of the main stories surrounding Diwali is that it celebrates the day Lord Rama returned to his homeland, Ayodhya, after defeating the demon king, Ravana. It should also be noted that all dharmic faiths have a relation to Deepavali and celebrate it in variousforms, including Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. America is especially thankful for its many Indian-American citizens who serve BRAVELY in our armed forces and as first responders in communities throughout our great land. Today, we proudly celebrate this holiday in THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE.

An ancient Hindu festival in Nepal and India, Diwali, the "Festival of Lights", is celebrated in autumn or spring every year.

The Lighting of the Diya is typically celebrated by families in their homes.

Rangoli are traditional Indian floor designs that are made in doorways of homes and courtyards are a welcoming gesture to the gods who will visit during Diwali.

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