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DIWALI –FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS An Introduction. Before Diwali we send cards to our friends and family.

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1 DIWALI –FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS An Introduction

2 Before Diwali we send cards to our friends and family

3 We go to peoples houses and give presents

4 People like to buy new clothes on Diwali

5 Jewelry is also a big favorite

6 Many create elaborate designs (rangoli) with color (this one above in the UK)

7 Rangoli is also made with flowers

8 Another Rangoli example

9 On Diwali, the story is that a famous Indian God & King, Rama returned home after 14 years

10 But it was a moonless, dark night. Rama couldnt see. So the people of Ayodhya, who were waiting, had an idea

11 They lit the roads with little lamps to show them the way home. It was a huge celebration that day. This is Diwali, the festival of lights.

12 Every year Diwali comes on a moonless night. The streets are covered with lights.

13 People shop. Children buy interesting things like these clay dolls

14 The shops and markets are colorfully lit too

15 All the stores look so interesting

16 Temples of all religions are brightly lit on this day

17 The Golden Temple looks amazing

18 There are Diwali fairs everywhere

19 The actual day begins with people decorating their prayer areas at home. They thank God for their families and pray for a great new year with health, wealth and good luck

20 Little lamps surround the Gods

21 The prayer area looks festive with fruits & flowers

22 After prayers, everyone goes out to light lamps and candles around the house

23 After prayers, everyone goes out to light lamps and candles around the house Some diyas are colored and decorated

24 Then, its time to eat

25 Colored mithai (sweets) are everywhere

26 People prepare delicious foods in their homes

27 After eating, kids light firecrackers

28 The spinning wheel is a big favorite

29 Children love the sparklers

30 Diwali is a time to get closer to family and friends

31 We love firecrackers the best !

32 Diwali symbolizes going from darkness to light, the the start of the Hindu New Year and a celebration for Indians of all religions all over the world. for an updated version at any HAPPY DIWALI. THE END


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