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• “DeepaVali” or Diwali is the Indian Festival of lights. . • „Deepa‟ means lamp or light and „Vali‟ means „string of‟.

• It is one of the biggest Hindu festivals celebrated with pomp and splendour all over India and in many other parts of the world .

usually this is in October or November. for example falls on the date of the new moon between the Hindu months of Asvina and Kartika. • The result is that Hindu festivals move about the Western calendar from year to year. • Diwali. unlike the conventional Western (or Gregorian) calendar.• The Hindu calendar is based on the lunar cycle and the movement of the moon. .

returned to their hometown. Upon Rama's return to Ayodhya the people of the town lit lamps to welcome the King back and to celebrate the victory over Ravana.What is the story of King Rama? • After fourteen years of exile in the forest. • • • . Before that. they defeated Demon King Ravana in a fierce war. the people danced and celebrated and fired fireworks to show how happy they were. Rama. These festivities continue every year at Diwali and are still celebrated today. the King of Ayodhya. and his brother Laksman. Overjoyed at the return of King Rama.

Celebrations .

there are many different versions of the Diwali festival. Diwali signifies many different things to people across the country. • The celebration of Diwali is often accompanied by the exchange of sweets and the explosion of fireworks. As with other Indian festivals.• The celebration means as much to Hindus as Christmas does to Christians. . Because there are many regions in India.

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.FIVE DAYS OF FESTIVITIES The first day is called Dhan Theras. People buy jewellery and worship it to God.

.The second day is called Narka Chaturdashi. It marks the death of the tyrant king “Narakusara” who imprisoned many sons and daughters of the Gods.

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Rangoli-Painted Prayers .

Colourful markets .

Lights-Lamps and Fireworks .

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