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Happy Deepavali (Diwali)

Posted on October 18, 2017 at 10:10 AM


Throughout the next few weeks, Hindus, Sikhs and Jains observe Deepavali -- the festival of lights. That is, on the same night that Hindus (followers of Sanatana Dharma) celebrate Diwali, Jains, Sikhs and Newar Buddhists celebrate their versions of the festival. For example, Jains celebrate the anniversary of Nirvana (final release) or liberation of Mahavira's soul, the twenty fourth and last Jain Tirthankara of the present cosmic age during Diwali.

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Diwali is a celebration of the victory of over evil. It celebrates knowledge (light) and hope prevailing over ignorance (darkness) and, despair.

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Diwali is an official holiday in Guyana, India, Fiji, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Mauritius, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Sindh Province in Pakistan.

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Learn more from the Divine Life Society: www.dlshq.org/religions/deepavali.htm .

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Click this link to see what you can do to celebrate Deepavali in Toronto: www.nowtoronto.com/lifestyle/10-ways-to-celebrate-diwali-in-toronto/ .

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Read 10 Things Students Should Know about the 'Festival of Lights' here: www.ndtv.com/education/diwali-or-deepawali-2017-10-things-students-should-know-about-the-festival-of-lights-1764533 .

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