Celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights

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Celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights By Moumita Basu Twitter: @Moumita1

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A Festival Rooted in Mythology It celebrates return of the prodigal son, Rama, to rule his empire, with wife Sita, and a monkey army commander, Hanuman. It also celebrates a victorious welcome for the winner of a battle between two forces of morality, and a triumph of good over evil,

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Diwali is celebrated with tiny earthen lamps, called Diyas

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Made from mud, baked in fire, and painted with love, diyas are environmentally friendly too.

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And sometimes modern in design, reflecting thoughts of a young India.

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It is believed that light of the diyas dispel darkness from life and bring happiness to homes.

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Diwali also means making a Rangoli, a colorful artwork made of dry colours at the entrance of the home, to welcome the guests.

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Sometimes Diwali is incomplete without the lanterns.

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And the flowers.

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And the candles.

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How can a celebration be complete without a little thanksgiving? It’s a day to pray by doing a Laxmi (Goddess of Wealth) puja at home.

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And complete the festivities with a lot of food.

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And sweetness.

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Spreading the sweetness can be done in other ways too. Say no to polluting, toxic fumes of crackers. Go green with fireworks.

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Keep your pets and neighbourhood animals safe from the noise and the flames.

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Don’t buy firecrackers from factories using child labour. Do your research before you buy.

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Care to light up someone’s life this Diwali? May be you can sponsor an Indian NGO?

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Have a happy Diwali.