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The Second Day of Diwali

Today is Narak Chaturdasi or Choti Dipawali, the second day of Diwali that falls on the fourteenth day of Krishna Paksh.Today is all about killing your inner demons with the power of light.

It is also about remembering our ancestors. According to Hindu mythology our ancestors expect something from us today even though they might have left us years ago. If they did not play their Karma game right, our ancestors might not have reached the doors of Heaven just yet. Since, light helps us see the path to God, we can help them in their hourney by placing a row of diyas or clay lamps outside the entrance to our homes tonight.

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Celebrating Diwali: Dhanteras, An Excuse To Go Shopping

For those of you who do not know already, Dhanteras marks the first day of the Diwali celebrations. The word ‘Dhan’ means money or wealth in Hindi and the word ‘Teras’ signifies the thirteenth day of the Krishna Paksh, the dark aspect of the Lunar Month Kartik.

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Diwali, India’s Festival of Light

Diwali, or Dipawali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.

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