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                   The festival of Diwali is associated with several different stories in Hindu mythology. Thus, Hindus find cause to celebrate this festival for various reasons. Yet, despite the regional variations, the festival universally marks the victory of good over evil .

                    In North India, Diwali is most popularly celebrated as the return of Lord Rama, King of Ayodhya, with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana to Ayodhya from a war in which he killed the demon king Ravana. It is believed that the people lit oil lamps along the way to light their path in the darkness. This is the reason, why the festival is celebrated a day earlier in South India since Lord Rama traveled from the south to his kingdom in the north. In North India, the festival is held on the final day of the Vikram calendar. The following day marks the beginning of the North Indian new year, and is called Annakut.

      


                           

                        In South India, Diwali (known as "Deepavali") is sometimes assocaited with the divine pair of Shiva-Shakti. According to the Skanda Purana, the goddess Shakti observed 21 days of austerity starting from ashtami of shukla paksha (eighth day of the waxing period of moon) to get half of the body of Lord Shiva. This vrata (vow) of austerity is known as kedhara vrata. Deepavali is the completion day of this austerity. This is the day Lord Shiva accepted Shakti into the left half of the form and appeared as Ardhanarishvara. The ardent devotees observe this 21 days vrata by making a kalasha with 21 threads on it and 21 types of offerings for 35 days. The final day is celebrated as kedhara gauri vrata.

                                     

                    


 

                                Diwali is also sometimes associated with the killing of the evil demon Narakasura by Krishna's wife Sathyabhama. According to Hindu mythology, this event happened in the time of the Dwapara Yuga. In another version, the demon was killed by Lord Krishna himself. Before Narakasura's death, he requested a boon from his mother, Sathyabhama, that everyone should celebrate his death with colorful light.

                       

                                                   


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Diwali in other parts of the world 

                          With more and more Indians now migrating to various parts of the world, the number of countries where Diwali is celebrated has been gradually increasing. While in some countries it is celebrated mainly by Indian expatriates, in others it has become part of the general local culture. Diwali is celebrated in the following countries: Australia, Canada, Fiji, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Suriname, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. In most of these countries Diwali is celebrated on the same lines as described in this article with some minor variations. Some important variations are worth mentioning.

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                                  Nepal

                       In Nepal, Diwali is known as "Tihar" and celebrated during the October/November period. Here the festival is celebrated for five days and the traditions vary from those of India. On the first day, cows are given offerings, in appreciation of the food they have given and agricultural work they have performed. On the second day, dogs and all living animals are revered and offered special food. On the third day, celebrations follow the same pattern as in India, with lights and lamps and much social activity. On the fourth day, Yama, the Lord of Death, is worshipped and appeased. On the fifth and final day, brothers and sisters meet and exchange pleasantries.

          

         

    Trinidad and Tobago   

                           In Trinidad and Tobago, communities all over the islands get together and celebrate the festival. One major celebration that stands out is the Divali Nagar, or Village of the Festival of Lights. It features stage performances by the east Indian cultural practitioners, a folk theatre featuring skits and plays, an exhibition on some aspect of Hinduism, displays by various Hindu religious sects and social organizations, nightly worship of Goddess Lakshmi, lighting of oil lamps, performances by various schools related to Indian culture, and a food court with Indian and non-Indian vegetarian delicacies. The festival culminates with magnificent fireworks displays ushering in Diwali. Thousands of people participate in an atmosphere typically devoid of alcohol and in a family environment.

  

          


 

                      Malaysia     

                            In Malaysia, Diwali is known as "Hari Deepavali," and is celebrated during the seventh month of the Hindu solar calendar. It is a federal public holiday throughout Malaysia. In many respects it resembles the traditions followed in the Indian subcontinent. "Open houses" are held where Hindu Malaysians welcome fellow Malaysians of different races and religions to their house for a sumptious meal. "Open house" or "rumah terbuka" is a practice very much unique to Malaysia and shows the goodwill and friendly ties practised by all Malaysians during any festive occasion.

       

       


 

                 Singapore   

                           In Singapore, the festival is called "Deepavali," and is a public holiday. Observed primarily by the minority Indian community, it is typically marked by a light-up in the Little India district and is most known for the fire-walking ceremonies not practiced as part of the festival in other countries. The Hindu Endowment Board of Singapore along with Singapores' government organize many cultural events around Diwali time.

    


 

                          Sri Lanka    

       

                             In Sri Lanka, this festival is also called "Deepavali" and is celebrated by the Tamil community. On this day, it is traditional for people to wear new clothes and exchange pleasantries.


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Economics of Diwali               

                   Diwali is an annual stimulus for the Indian economy. Indians purchase gold, gifts, decorations, fireworks, and household appliances during this festival. Additionally, many Indian films (from "Bollywood") are released during this period. Companies offer huge discounts during the Diwali season to attract customers, which help the economy. Food distributed as acts of charity during community festivities also helps the underprivileged and poor. Diwali also brings tourists to the country. Schools in India are closed during this festival, and many young people buy new clothes to wear during Diwali. The North Indian business community usually starts their financial new year on Diwali and new account books are opened on this day.

                           

 

Mud Fort or Shivaji's Killa 

                    Every Diwali mud forts or Shivaji killas can be seen adorning Maharashtrian homes, dazzling and life-like with toy soldiers and miniature animals.

                   It transports you to an era steeped in history. The idea is to express reverence towards Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the umpteen strongholds he had in his possession.

                  Historian Ninad Bedekar reiterates, "The tradition of making mud forts can be traced back to 300 years. Aurangzeb, who had put an end to the Adil Shahi and Kutub Shahi dynasties in Maharashtra, could never conquer the Marathi kingdom. It was all because of Shivaji's 260 fortresses, the defence lines of which were set from Salher to Gingee in Tamil Nadu. This could be one of the reasons why children build mud forts during Diwali. It is an act of pure reverence." 

    Happy Diwali-Making Mud Forts at Palace Museum in Baroda 

             Visit Palace Museum -Vadodara and See the superb clay mud model of a ideal FORT and also how Children enjoyed making their own forts.

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        Guys this is humble request to all friends make a resolution for this to celebrate Green Diwali 

         

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                      Happy Diwali 
                          & 
        Prosperous New Year  to all .

     May your life glitter like diyas. 

   


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Wishing everybody a very very Happy Diwali, Eat lots of sweets n burn crackers as much as you want but carefully...

Manu u did alot on this post, Its awesom you explained everything very well special Diwali wishes to you from my side...

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wow manu,,, that is a lot of hardwork!!!
happy diwali everyone!!

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Beautiful post Manesha!! Thanks a lot for the hard work.. :)

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