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'Deepavali' is a hindu festival celebrated widely all over India by all Indians irrespective of their religions and castes. The scene of celebration is spectacular one as it is celebrated with lots of crackers, sweets and worships offered in front of hindu gods. Majorly Lord Ganesh (son of Supreme god, mahadev Shiva and Parvati) and Goddess of wealth, Laxmi is worshipped in hindu homes across the world.
Pious 'Swastik' sign is drawn or pasted in the sides of the idols of both Laxmi and Ganesha with the words 'Shubh' and 'Labh'. 'Shubh' means 'Pious' and 'Labh' means 'Profit'. In many homes, lights are remained switched on and all windows/doors are remained opened at night as it is a belief that Goddess 'Laxmi' comes at night and enters those houses which are clean and enlightened. Because of this reason, hindu prefers to get their homes whitewashed before Deepavali.

Deepavali means line/queue of 'diyas'. It is a general belief that Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and was welcomed in such a manner by the people of Ayodhya city that they enlightened 'diyas' on the paths. Since then, this tradition of enlightening the diyas or candles was initiated.

It's lovely to hear that many countries like Australia, USA etc will also be celebrating this occasion! I request all of you to celebrate this auspicious occasion with the Indian communities living nearby yourselves.

Happy Deepavali (also known as 'festival of lights') to all of my Prozian friends! May Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesh bless all of us with wealth and wisdom.
Best Wishes!
PRAKASH SHARMA
Freelance Translator of Hindi, Nepali, Sanskrit and English to four of the same languages.


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Diwali in the UK Oct 15, 2009

Happy Deepavali to you, too, PRAKAASH! Here is some information about how Diwali is celebrated in the UK:

http://www.ukstudentlife.com/Ideas/Album/Diwali.htm


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Deepavali in U.K. and Annakoot Oct 15, 2009

Helen Shiner wrote:

Happy Deepavali to you, too, PRAKAASH! Here is some information about how Diwali is celebrated in the UK:

http://www.ukstudentlife.com/Ideas/Album/Diwali.htm


This link gives some very good pictures! Hope you will also enjoy fireworks and all these ceremonies this year.

'Annakoot' is celebrated on next day of Deepavali. I use to serve voluntarily this day by helping people/communities in serving food to poors etc and donate my part of money as much as possible for the same purpose. This day, 'Goddess Annapoorna' i.e. 'Maa Annapurnaa' (in Hindu religion, all goddess are popularly named as 'Maa/mata/Mother') is worshipped.

I remember my neighbours saying to their kids, when they didn't eat their meals "Don't waste food else goddess Annapurnaa will curse you" (means don't let your food go waste)!. 'Anna' literally means 'grain/rice' of which 'chapati/bread' is made up of. Rice is also eaten in boiled form. 'Poorna' means to fill. 'A' is a suffix which makes this word feminine (as per Sanskrit grammar rule). So, literally 'Annapoornaa' is the name of goddess who fills the stores of households with enough amount of grains and rice.

HAPPY DEEPAVALI TO YOU AGAIN!

BEST WISHES!
PRAKAASH



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Wishes in HIndi language Oct 16, 2009

Also, I have posted wishes in Hindi language, which has few sanskrit and nepali words also. Please follow the below mentioned link:

http://www.proz.com/forum/hindi/148237-दीपावली_और_धन_तेरस_की_हार्दिक_शुभकामनाएं.html


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My friend Pakku and to all Proziens! Oct 16, 2009

Happy Dipawali!

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