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Diwali – The Festival of Love

November 1st, 2013 by HiGreetings.com
One of the most significant Hindu festivals in India, Diwali is known for its colorful customs. However, the meanings of the customs associated with the festival tell a story from the epic Ramayana. On a dark, moonless night Lord Ram, Ayodhya's banished king returned home after vanquishing the demon and king of Lanka, Ravan. Lord Ram returns with his wife, Sita who was abducted by Ravan, after completing 14 years in exile.

The people of Ayodhya rejoice and honor the homecoming of their dear king by lighting his path with oil lamps, guiding him on his way back home. Still today, people in India decorate homes and public spaces with diyas, marking the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil. This five day celebration is known as Deepavali or Diwali, meaning 'rows of lamps'.

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