Friday, October 24, 2014

Diwali, India's Glittering Festival of Lights!

India has many festivals but Diwali is one of the most popular.  Diwali is five days and it expands over many cultures and beliefs.  Diwali began on October 21st.  On the holiday you shop a lot because the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, loved to shop.

The days before Diwali, Kali Chaudas and Narak Chaturdasi, is where Indians celebrate with fireworks and good food.  For others it's a holiday to get rid of demons, by performing many rituals but everyone is excited for the after.  

Diwali begins by visiting a temple to pray.  After you pray, you visit family and friends to exchange gifts and sweets.  If you didn't buy gold on Dhan Teras, you I can buy gold on Diwali.  In the evening, all the households light up their houses with diyas and out lots of really good Indian food on their tables.  

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