This section lists pages and sites that tell about the Hindi festival of Diwali. Marking the start of the Hindu New Year, Diwali is celebrated for a period of 5 days each year. It always ends the 15th day of Hindu month of Ashwin, which falls somewhere in the months of October or November on the traditional calendar. Diwali Holidays Society.
Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. (wikipedia)
- Wikipedia: Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere. It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the dark night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika in Bikram Sambat calendar, on the 15th of the month. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.
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- Observances set by the Indian National Calendar
- Explains Festivals of Bharat - Deepavali www
Explains what the festival signifies and what each day means. Bharat - Deepavali. From Hindunet.org. Festivals of Bharat - Deepavali.
- Describes Diwali Photos and Celebrations 2001 www
Describes with text and photos an observance in a Tamil Brahmin household. Diwali Photos and Celebrations 2001.
- Learn Hindu New Year www
Learn about the origin of the festival diwali, New Year, which marks the beginning of Hindu new year. Hindu New Year.
- Explains The Story of Diwali www
Explains what the festival symbolizes, Story of Diwali, and how it is observed. The Story of Diwali.
- Includes Ruchi's Kitchen: Diwali Festival www
Includes legends related to the holiday, Kitchen: Diwali Festival, descriptions of the five days, preparation tips, and recipes. Ruchi's Kitchen: Diwali Festival.
- Provides Happy Diwali www
Provides the history, Diwali, origin, celebration, and tradition of this holiday. Happy Diwali.
- Mini-unit TeacherLink Lesson Plan - Diwali: Hindu New Year www
Mini-unit designed for use in the fourth through sixth grade classroom. Lesson Plan - Diwali: Hindu New Year. Provided by Utah State University. TeacherLink Lesson Plan - Diwali: Hindu New Year.
- Case Can a Christian Celebrate Diwali? www
Case study on whether a Hindu convert to Christianity can continue celebrating Diwali by reinterpreting it. Christian Celebrate Diwali?. Can a Christian Celebrate Diwali?.
- Very Indian Festivals: Diwali www
Very brief description of the festival. Indian Festivals: Diwali.
- Features Diwali in West Bengal www
Features the celebration of the five day festival in Calcutta. Diwali in West Bengal.
- Includes IndiaExpress - Deepavali / Diwali www
IndiaExpress - Deepavali / Diwali.
- Short Diwali, Divali, Dewali www
Short article explains the festival's origins and tells what is celebrated on each of its five days. Diwali, Divali, Dewali.
- Free 365greetings: Diwali www
Free ecards celebrating the holiday. 365greetings: Diwali.
- Interesting More About Diwali www
Interesting and practical information about the festival of lights in India. More About Diwali.
- The RadhaVallabh www
The legend, RadhaVallabh, festivals, culture, temple, and literature of the sect devoted to Sri Radha and Sri Krishna in Brindavan. RadhaVallabh.
- Provides Agnihotra India.com www
Provides information and instructions on performing the ritual of Agnihotra. Agnihotra India.com.
- Features Dal Sabzi for the Aatma www
Features writings by Shakun Narain on philosophy, Sabzi for the Aatma, articles and books on Hinduism and spirituality. Dal Sabzi for the Aatma.
- Prayers, Hinduism: A to Z www
Prayers, to Z, festivals and their significance. Includes articles on Hinduism and sanskrit dictionary. Hinduism: A to Z.
- Alexa: Diwali Holidays
Alexa Directory Top Sites: Diwali Holidays
- DMOZ: Diwali Holidays
dmoz.org Directory: Diwali Holidays