Ammunition From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 1065 posts, RR: 4 Posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2268 times:
The festival celebrating ramas victory over the evil 10 headed demon in ancient hindu mythology.
A festival celebrating light over darkness, goodness over evil.
All around the world many millions of people will be celebrating, cooking food, making offerings, giving presents, a time for families to get together and enjoy themselves. Also a time for forgiveness.
Many places will be bursting with a blaze of glory as many millions of divas will be lit throughout the world.
Diwali is as special to indians as christmas is to the people of England for example. (an excuse to get together, enjoy, celebrate for everyone including non religious people or people from a different faith)
Happy Diwali everyone.
[Edited 2003-10-25 14:06:53]
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BarfBag From India, joined Mar 2001, 2424 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2230 times:
Indeed, a Very Happy Deepawali (the proper way to spell it, despite what you nasty northies think ) to you all! While it is technically a Hindu festival, in keeping with India's character, it is inclusive, and everyone is welcome to, and do, join in the festivities. It marks the culmination of the fall festival season preceded by Navratri and Dussehra.
Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2657 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2200 times:
"Many places will be bursting with a blaze of glory as many millions of divas will be lit throughout the world."
Not making fun of you at all, but this made me laugh -- sounds like advertising for a new chain of drag queen bars!
On a less cheeky note, I work with an Indian woman, and she told me she was celebrating an "Indian holiday". When I asked her what the occasion was, she said she really couldn't explain it. That it wasn't really analagous to anything over here in the U.S.