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Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali (10/20)

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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

Oct 20 : 06 days to Diwali

Did you know that sweet pastries are traditionally served during the Festival of Diwali?

Two of the most popular treats are laddus — sweet wheat balls filled with dried nuts and fruit — and karanjis — deep fried, flour dumplings stuffed with coconut and sugar.

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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Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali (10/19)

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

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

Oct 19 : 07 days to Diwali

Did you know that Hindus believe that wealth is a karmic reward for good deeds in a past life?

On the third day of Diwali, Hindus worship the goddess of wealth, known as Lakshmi, and call on her to bring wealth and prosperity into their lives.

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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Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali (10/18)

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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

Oct 18 : 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 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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Holiday Invite: Diwali on the Net

Monday, October 17th, 2011

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Happy Diwali!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to our holiday celebration – Diwali on the Net – celebrating the five-day Hindu Festival of Lights.

Whether with modest oil lamps or awesome firework displays, the Diwali festival illuminates Hindu homes and businesses for five spectacular days.

Come join us as we share some of the ancient mythology practiced on each of the fives days of the Diwali, including the pinnacle third day when families light their traditional diyas (oil lamps). Learn more about the origin of this ancient festival and then savor some of the sugary treats that are traditionally served during Diwali.

If you are interested in investigating more about the Hindu religion, let our introduction to Hinduism get your started. Just don’t forget to test your knowledge with our fun Did You Know? Diwali feature.

Diwali begins next week, Wednesday October 26, 2011.

Wishing you a prosperous and peaceful Diwali.

Happy Diwali,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali (10/17)

Monday, October 17th, 2011

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

Oct 17 : 09 days to Diwali

Did you know that there are five days of Diwali, each with its own unique traditions and mythologies?

Diwali is a five-day Hindu holiday and is celebrated with each day signifying a particular aspect of the festival. The five days are:

Day 1: Dhanteras (Oct. 24)
Day 2: Choti Diwali (Oct. 25)
Day 3: Lakshmi Puja / Diwali (Oct. 26)
Day 4: Padwa & Govardhan Puja (Oct. 27)
Day 5: Bhai Duj (Oct. 28)

The third day is the pinnacle of the festival, when families light their oil lamps (divas, diyas) to illuminate the world with knowledge.

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

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

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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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(March 19) Today we’re celebrating. . .  Holi

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Holi (Hindu – India)
Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is one of the most popular and widely observed Hindu holidays. The springtime festival commemorates the triumph of good over evil in Hindu mythology.

This joyous occasion is marked by happy street demonstrations in which people throw colored powder & water on their fellow celebrants.

Holi, the Festival of Colors, is perhaps best understood as a celebration of the colors of unity and brotherhood – as an opportunity to forget differences. The festival does not recognize distinctions of cast, class, creed, color, status or sex. Holi is about bringing people together: employees and employers, men and women, rich and poor, young and old.*

Holi is celebrated for 2 days.

*Source: Holi – The Hindu Festival of Colors

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