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  • Diwali is probably the biggest Hindu festival in India. Traditionally people used to light earthenware lamps but now everybody uses electric lamps and bulbs.

    Here are a few legends associated with Diwali

    The kingdom of Ayodhya celebrated the return of Lord Rama after a 14 year exile. People lit 'diyas' (earthenware lamps) and candles to light the way for Ram and Sita and his brothers, so it also became a victory of light over darkness.

    During Diwali we also celebrate the power of the three goddesses, Lakshmi, Kali and Saraswati. Lakshmi is the goddess of prosperity and people invoke her blessings for a prosperous and fruitful life. The goddess Kali gives one the strength to maintain the wealth that one has. Saraswati is the goddess of Knowledge and probably the most important, for knowledge is power and knowledge cannot be taken away from you.

    Diwali is the festival of lights but what mars the beauty of the festival is the noise that comes along with it, due to the noisy firecrackers that people burst. This noise affects the old, the ailing and animals. People are being educated about the serious effects of noise pollution, so hopefully the noise levels will go down eventually.
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    May the light of knowledge light up your minds and hearts, not just during Diwali but throughout the year. Shine on, you beautiful people!

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