Archive for October 16th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali (10/16)

Sunday, October 16th, 2011


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Diwali, the Hindu
Festival of Light

Oct 16 : 10 days to Diwali

Did you know that Diwali, the most important Hindu festival on the calendar, is also known as the “Festival of Lights“?

Diwali got it’s name because of the tradition of lighting small oil lamps, called divas (diyas). Diwali literally means “row of oil lamps”.

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 and is the most important Hindu festival on the annual calendar. Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Diwali.

Diwali begins Wednesday October 26, 2011.

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(October 16) Today we’re celebrating . . .  World Food Day

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

World Food Day / UN World Food Day
Help raise awareness about hunger and do your part to end the global food crisis.

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