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Diwali - October 23, 2014
Known also as Deepavali, Devali and the Festival of Lights, Diwali is one of the most significant of the Hindu, Jain and Sikh (and some Buddhist) festivals, a five-day celebration of the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, although different legends are commemorated, and traditions may vary according to region. In India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries, Diwali is an official holiday. Religious observances include worshipping the goddess Lakshmi or Kali, or the god Ganesha, or Rama, or Krishna, according to region and belief. The date is not fixed, but begins annually on the new moon night between October and November, marking the end of the harvest season.
"The truth is that existence wants your life to become a festival…because when you are unhappy, you throw unhappiness all around." ---Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
The first day of Diwali is generally when Indian businesses begin the fiscal year. Celebrants clean their homes, wear new clothes, put out fresh flowers (marigolds are a favorite), and exchange gifts, particularly sweets. It is a tradition in many Northern Indian homes to play cards, or invite guests to attend a card party. Potluck dinners with family, friends and neighbors are also customary. Indians and others living far from home often send gifts of traditional sweets and dried fruit to family members.
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The symbols of Diwali include small clay oil lamps, candles, fireworks and sparklers; the lotus flower, particularly in rangoli (colorful symbolic sand paintings), and the marigold; the colors gold and silver, but also bright colors in general; the god Ganesha or goddess Lakshmi.
Fresh and beautiful Diwali greeting cards from Greeting Card Universe (including personalized photo cards) to exchange with your family, colleagues, employees, vendors and friends are a fun and festive part of the celebration of the Festival of Lights.
When is Diwali?
2011 - Wednesday, October 26
2012 - Thursday, November 13
2013 - Sunday, November 3
2014 - Thursday, October 23
2015 - Wednesday, November 11
2016 - Sunday, October 30
2017 - Thursday, October 19
2018 - Wednesday, November 7
2019 - Sunday, October 27
2020 - Saturday, November 14
"He who Himself sees all, whom no one beholds, who illumines the intellect, the sun, moon and stars and the whole universe, but whom they cannot illumine—that is Brahman. That is Atma. Celebrate the real Deepavali by living in Brahman and enjoy the eternal bliss of the soul." ---Sri Swami Sivananda, Essence of Yoga
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