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Miscellany: Happy Diwali 2009, Play Safe With Fire Crackers In Deepavali, Time To Plan For Gift Items, Family Celebrations In Festival Of Lights

Happy Diwali 2009, Play Safe With Fire Crackers In Deepavali, Time To Plan For Gift Items, Family Celebrations In Festival Of Lights

Happy Diwali To All Of You!!!
Wish you all a very safe happy Deepavali in this year 2009.

Diwali or Deepavali is a festival of lights as per Hindu calendar. Diwali is a five day Hindu festival which occurs on the fifteenth day of Kartika. Diwali means "rows of lighted lamps" and the celebration is often referred to as the Festival of Lights. During this time, homes are thoroughly cleaned and windows are opened to welcome Laksmi, goddess of wealth. Candles and lamps are lit as a greeting to Laksmi. Gifts are exchanged and festive meals are prepared during Diwali.

Because there are many regions in India, there are many manifestations of the Diwali festival. In at least one area, the festival begins with Dhanteras, a day set aside to worship Laksmi. In the Indian culture, wealth is not viewed as a corruptive power. Instead, a wealthy person is considered to have been rewarded for good deeds of a past life.

On the second day Kali, the goddess of Strength, is worshipped. This day al…

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