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Author Topic: Diwali - the Hindu festival of light  (Read 1404 times)

Larix

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Diwali - the Hindu festival of light
« on: November 08, 2014, 11:26:34 am »
Diwali - the Hindu festival of light :)

Have you heard about it?

Tonight I will go and celebrate Diwali with the Indian community here.


For the first time in my life.

I am looking forward to it! :)

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Re: Diwali - the Hindu festival of light
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2014, 02:14:56 pm »
Quote from: Larix;164716
Diwali - the Hindu festival of light :)

Have you heard about it?

Tonight I will go and celebrate Diwali with the Indian community here.


For the first time in my life.

I am looking forward to it! :)

 

If I ever have the chance to go to India, I'd want to go for Diwali.

There's no Indian community (at least, not prominently enough to be publicly celebrated) here but maybe someday, I'll have the opportunity to join in on the celebrations.

Please, share with us your experience!

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Re: Diwali - the Hindu festival of light
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2014, 03:12:27 pm »
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Diwali - the Hindu festival of light :)

Have you heard about it?

Tonight I will go and celebrate Diwali with the Indian community here.


For the first time in my life.

I am looking forward to it! :)

 
I'm very confused. I thought Diwali was a couple of weeks ago. I actually visited the Hindu temple the day before and they mentioned they were having an information session then.

I also happened to visit an Indian restaurant the evening of Diwali, and it was clear that all the staff had been celebrating that day. They were all in a really good mood, and I noticed that our waiter had the sandalwood-paste tilak on his forehead. It felt like a holiday in there.
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Re: Diwali - the Hindu festival of light
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2014, 06:14:09 pm »
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I'm very confused. I thought Diwali was a couple of weeks ago. I actually visited the Hindu temple the day before and they mentioned they were having an information session then.

I also happened to visit an Indian restaurant the evening of Diwali, and it was clear that all the staff had been celebrating that day. They were all in a really good mood, and I noticed that our waiter had the sandalwood-paste tilak on his forehead. It felt like a holiday in there.

 
Diwali was indeed two weeks ago, but very often Hindu temples and cultural centers will take very generous license as to when certain festivals are celebrated. Festivals that occur during the week and are often moved to the weekend to accommodate working people. I'm not surprised that Diwali has been moved, but I'm surprised at how far it's been moved, especially because Lakshmi Puja (worship of Goddess Lakshmi) is done during Diwali on the night of the new moon (amavasya). It is currently just past the full moon (95% visible).
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Re: Diwali - the Hindu festival of light
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2014, 10:48:02 pm »
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Diwali was indeed two weeks ago, but very often Hindu temples and cultural centers will take very generous license as to when certain festivals are celebrated.


Exactly!
 
It is the same things with Christmas here.

In the family and in church  Christmas is celebrated  on Christmas Day.

But social clubs and societies etc. may celebrate it on any day in December.

And here the Hindu community was looking for a Saturday, when more people can take part.

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Re: Diwali - the Hindu festival of light
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2014, 01:08:00 am »
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Please, share with us your experience!

I can try! :)

It was more a social celebration than a religious celebration. :)

A pleasant opportunity for all the Indian families in the region to meet again and celebrate.

The many brightly colourful sarees were a pleasant sight - and there was good food and good talks.

The children were celebrating outside in the dark with sparklers.

And there was a full moon!

Actually, the date for Diwali is on the new moon.

But the Hindus here are tolerant about the date of celebrating. :)
« Last Edit: November 09, 2014, 01:08:32 am by Larix »

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Re: Diwali - the Hindu festival of light
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2014, 06:49:12 am »
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Diwali - the Hindu festival of light :)

Have you heard about it?

Tonight I will go and celebrate Diwali with the Indian community here.


For the first time in my life.

I am looking forward to it! :)

 
It's widely celebrated here, especially when it coincides roughly with Guy Fawkes Night. Last night there were a lot of fireworks displays nearby that probably included some Diwali ones. I'd love to go to a celebration one year.
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Re: Diwali - the Hindu festival of light
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2014, 08:58:34 am »
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It was more a social celebration than a religious celebration. :)

 
That's actually true. It's become more of a secular thing much like Christmas. Lakshmi Puja may very well have been performed on its required night. Btw, Diwali also commemorates Rama's triumphant return from exile to take up rightful rule of his kingdom. All of the city of Ayodhya (his capital) turned out to greet him and light up the city. :)
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śivasya hridayam viṣṇur viṣṇoscha hridayam śivaḥ
Vishnu's appearance is Shiva; Shiva's appearance is Vishnu
Vishnu is the heart of Shiva; Shiva is the heart of Vishnu - Skandopanishad
 

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