Deepavali (Diwali), also known as “Row of Lights”, marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year based on Hindu Lunar Calendar. The name itself derive from Sanskrit; Dipa means lamp, and Awali means row or line.
This Festival of Lights was originally celebrated after the monsoon season when the weather is more cooperative and pleasant. To this day, Deepavali 2012 is a time for rejoicing and renewal as Hindus all over the world celebrate the triumph of good over evil, or light over darkness, which culminates to the Hindu New Year. During Diwali 2012 celebrations, many homes will light up little lamps to usher in light and good fortune.
When Is Deepavali 2013 / Diwali 2013?
Deepavali 2013 / Diwali 2013 Date
The first day of Deepavali 2013 / Diwali 2013 falls on Sunday, 3 November 2013. Some countries, like India, will celebrate Diwali for 5 days, which will be from Sunday, 3 November 2013 to Thursday, 7 November 2013.
Deepavali (Diwali) 2013 In Singapore, Malaysia & India
India Diwali 2013
Diwali 2013 is a major public holidays in India celebrated nationally. In India, Diwali 2013 will be observed in a five-day celebrations: first day Dhanteras, second day Choti Diwali, third day Lakshmi Puja Badi Diwali, fourth day Padwa and fifth day Bhaiduj. During these days, people pray to Lakshimi, the Goddess of wealth, light, prosperity and wisdom, and also to the God Ganesha, the “Remover of Obstacles” and the “Lord of Beginnings”.
Prior to Diwali, practitioners will clean their houses, and on the day of Diwali celebrations everyone will wear new clothes, exchange gifts, light firecrackers, make a bonfire and eat a festive meal.
The Hindu Goddess Lakshmi’s statue and images is carried through the streets during the procession. Dipa Lights (or Diwali Diyas, Kandils, Ghee Lamps, Parvati Ganesha Lamps) that are made of clay, with fuels either from the oils from coconut, mustard or clarified butter, wick made out of cotton wool, are placed outside of the house, and on the floors and doorways. Doors are also furnished with torans, made out of mango leaves and marigolds.
Singapore Deepavali 2013
As Singapore’s third largest ethnic group, the Indians form 9.2% of the country’s population. In Singapore, the Festival of Lights or Deepavali 2013 falls on Sunday, 3 November 2013. Since it falls on Sunday, Monday will be considered a substitutepublic holiday in Malaysia, Deepavali 2013 is the time to visit and pay their respects to their elders. It is also the time where Malaysia Indians invite their Malay and Chinese friends into their house.
Diwali 2013 In Other Countries
Originally a Hindu holiday, nowadays Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains & Buddhists in many countries around the world. Most other nations do not celebrate the Diwali with such grandeur as that of Malaysia and India, but for the Indians diaspora worldwide, it is a time where they trace back their roots to home land.
Diwali 2013 is an official holiday in India, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Mauritius, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Fiji. As Diwali approaches, regardless of which country they are, the Indians family clean their home to escape bad luck in the upcoming year and families gather for a feast and stay up late, celebrating with crackers and sweets.
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