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Deepavali

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Diwali is also known as the Festival of Lights and is celebrated over five days. 

The days of Diwali are around the end of the lunar year. 

Because there is no single lunar calendar in the Hindu faith, the exact dates of the festival may

 

differ in different countries.

On the first day of Diwali Hindu people clean their homes thoroughly.  They then open the windows and light candles and lamps to welcome Laksmi, the goddess of wealth. In the Indian culture wealth is regarded as a reward for the good deeds of a past life. Candles and lamps are lit as a greeting to Laksmi, and people exchange gifts and share festive meals.

On the second day of Diwali, Kali, the goddess of Strength, is worshipped  and people focus on abolishing laziness and evil.

On the third day, lamps are lighted tp symbolize knowledge and encourage reflection upon the purpose of each day of the year.

The fourth day of Diwali is the first day of the lunar New Year.  On this day old business accounts are settled and new books are opened.  People worship the books in a special ceremony and focus on removing anger, hare and jealousy form their lives.

On the final day Bali, an ancient Indian king, is remembered for being a generous person.  The focus of the day is to see the good in everyone.

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