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Happy Deepavali from Salem-News.comTim King Salem-News.com
The five-day "Festival of Lights" in Asia is underway.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Spelled differently depending on the region, as it is observed with varying degrees of contrast depending on where the celebration is taking place, Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.
For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes.
It is so far from my culture yet I can still envision Deepavali; the five day festival of lights which starts on Dhanteras (Dhantrayodashi), celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Ashwin and ends on Bhaubeej, celebrated on second lunar day of Shukla paksha (bright fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Kartik.
I had a thought today about what the world and this nation in particular would be like, if we really lived in a multicultural way. The baseline of this thought is that the world's countries and cultures are full of different festivals and holidays that we all could learn so much from. Now Rud is an Iranian holiday our team has written about and I can't wait to someday see this. I believe the interest such cultural events would generate would alleviate thing like racial tension.
Maybe someday this will be the case.
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