Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali 2009 (10/09)


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Oct 09 : 08 days to Diwali

Did you know that there seems to be some confusion surrounding the actual spelling of Diwali?

Part of this confusion may be due to the many different languages and dialects spoken within India as well as someone’s location in India. In the northern areas of India the festival is referred to as Diwali, while in the southern parts of the country it is called Deepavali.

Some of the different spellings one might encounter include: Divali, Deepavali and Deepawali. But rest assured all refer to the same holiday — Diwali!

Diwali, or the “festival of lights” is celebrated by Hindus across India and the huge Hindu diaspora spread all over the world. This multi-day festival, whose name literally means “row of lighted lamps“, is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm between late October and November. It’s their most important festival in the annual calendar. Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Diwali.

Diwali begins Saturday October 17th, 2009

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