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The festival of Diwali is one of the most popular in Hinduism and something like the Indian Christmas. Translated, Diwali means "the rows of lighted lamps". Streets, shops and private houses are decorated with oil lamps on this day, and the night is turned into day by fireworks. This part of the festival is more reminiscent of New Year's Eve.

From: Tanja Zieger

Status: February 24, 2021

On Diwali, not only the outer world is enlightened, but also the inner one. Man should remember that he is a divinely created being. It also celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali stands for a new beginning.

In northern India, Divali honors the god Rama, who defeats the demon Ravana in battle. On Diwali, he and Sita, his wife, return to his hometown Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile. In South India, on the other hand, it is Krishna who kills evil in the form of Narakaasura and thus frees sixteen thousand women from captivity. In the state of Gujarat, on the other hand, Lakshmi is commemorated, the goddess of inner and outer wealth like Vishnu's wife. Divali is her wedding day.

A woman carries a bundle of fireworks in Calcutta

Many believers start the day with an oil bath in the early hours of the morning. Mothers give their children a very bitter liquid made from herbs and oil, which it takes some effort to swallow. This ritual strengthens willpower and the relationship between mothers and children. Later, however, the children also get a lot of sweets. At night candles and lamps are lit and the fireworks are burned down.

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