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(November 05) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Diwali

Friday, November 5th, 2010


Diwali (Hindu/Jainism/India)
Also known as Deepavali, Diwali is a joyous five day celebration celebrating the victory of good over evil.

It is also referred to as the “Festival of Lights” because special lamps, know as diyas or kandils, are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for humankind.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali (11/05)

Friday, November 5th, 2010

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Did You Know?
November 05

It’s Diwali!

Thank you for joining us as we counted down to Diwali.

May You Have a Happy, Bright, and Prosperous Diwali,
Louie and the Holiday Elves


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Statement by President Obama on Diwali

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

The White House has released a statement from the President in honor of the Hindu celebration of Diwali.

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Statement by the President on Diwali

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Tomorrow, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, here in America and around the world, will celebrate the holiday of Diwali – the festival of lights. This is a day when members of some of the world’s oldest religions celebrate the triumph of good over evil. Last year, I marked this holiday as many will this weekend – by lighting the Diya, or lamp. This lamp symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.

Diwali is a time for celebration, but it is also a time for reflection – a time when we must remember that there are always others less fortunate then ourselves. This holiday reminds us all that we should commit ourselves to helping those in need. For many, this is also a time to gather with family and to pray. To those celebrating Diwali in India, I look forward to visiting you over the next few days. And to all those who will celebrate this joyous occasion on Friday, I wish you, your families and loved ones Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali (11/04)

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

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

Nov 04 : 01 day to Diwali

Did you know that one out of every seven people on the planet is a Hindu living in India?

The majority of Hindus live in India, although there are also significant Hindu populations in Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Fiji, African, Europe and North America. About one million Hindus live in the United States, for example.

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 Friday November 05, 2010.


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Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali (11/03)

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

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

Nov 03 : 02 days to Diwali

Did you know that Hindus believe in one all-powerful Absolute, called Brahman?

Hinduism, however, is classified as a polytheistic faith, because aspects of the Brahman are represented by thousands of gods and goddesses, including Brahma (Creator), Vishnu (Preserver), Shiva (Destroyer), and Lakshmi (Wealth). In fact, Hindu is said to be a religion of a million and one gods.

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 Friday November 05, 2010.


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Holiday Invite: Diwali on the Net

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

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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 Friday November 05, 2010.

Wishing you a prosperous and peaceful Diwali.

Happy Diwali,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Did You Know? Countdown to Diwali (11/02)

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

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

Nov 02 : 03 days to Diwali

Did you know that Hinduism is the third largest religion, with over one billion adherents?

Christianity and Islam outpace Hinduism in worldwide numbers with 2.1 billion Christians and 1.5 billion Muslims.

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 Friday November 05, 2010.


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