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1. Every year, the festival of Diwali is celebrated by millions around the world -- mostly by Hindus, but it is also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains.The five day festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Do you or do you know someone who celebrates?
2. The exact dates of Diwali change each year and are determined by the position of the moon – but it usually falls between October and November. This year it begins on Sunday, October 27. Which of these facts about this holiday are you familiar with?
The word Diwali (or Deepavali as it's sometimes called) means "row of lights" in an Ancient language of India, called Sanskrit. During this festival, people decorate their homes with lights and oil lamps, called diyas.
For many people, Diwali honours the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. The lights and lamps are said to help Lakshmi find her way into peoples' homes, bringing prosperity in the year to come!
It's also a celebration of good triumphing over evil, and different legends based on this theme are associated with Diwali. In northern India, Hindus celebrate the return of the deities (gods) Rama and Sita to the city of Ayodhya, after defeating the evil king Ravana. In the region of Bengal people worship the goddess Kali, the destroyer of evil forces, during Diwali. And in Nepal, people celebrate Lord Krishna's victory over the wicked king Narakaasura.
Diwali is a time to have fun with friends and family. People exchange gifts and sweets, enjoy delicious feasts, watch firework displays and wear new clothes. It's a time to clean and decorate your home, too.
Rangoli is a popular Diwali tradition –– beautiful patterns made using colourful powders and flowers. People draw rangoli on the floor by the entrance of their homes to welcome the gods and bring good luck
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3. Which of these Indian delicacies, all enjoyed during this holiday, have you ever tasted?
Halwa, such as gajar (carrot) halwa or pumpkin halwa – typically made with a grated vegetable cooked with ghee, sugar and milk/condensed milk so that it becomes soft, sweet and thick. Often flavored with cardamon and/or nuts like almonds.
Laddu (or laddoo), little balls made with flour, ghee or oil and sugar and often nuts of fruit like raisins. The flour might not always be wheat – chickpea flour is a common
Gulab jamun, almost like donut holes served in a sweet syrup.
kheer, a rice pudding infused with cardamon and often with raisins, almonds and saffron.
Barfi, a kind of fudge made with condensed milk.
Bhaji (the South Indian name) or pakora (the North Indian name, though there can be some variations in how they are made as well). They are made from various vegetables like onion, spinach and cabbage mixed with a chickpea flour and spice-based dough and fried.
Samosas, little parcels of pastry filled with vegetables like potato and peas, as well as spices.
Idli, a kind of rice cake.
Puri, a kind of flatbread fried in ghee.
Aloo Tikki is small, fried patties made from shredded potatoes and usually served alongside regional sauces, such as mint sauce of tamarind sauce.
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