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    Deepawali (also spelled Divali in other countries) or Diwali is popularly known as the festival of lights. It is an important five-day festival in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism, occurring between mid-October and mid-November. For most Hindus and Indians, Diwali is the biggest festival in the entire year and is celebrated with families performing traditional activities together in their homes. Deepavali is an official holiday in India, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Mauritius, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Myanmar , Fiji ,Suriname and Guyana

    Diwali Parva hai Khushio ka,
    Ujalo ka, Laxmi ka.... Is Diwali Aapki Jindagi khushio se bhari ho,
    Duniya ujalo se roshan ho, ghar par Maa Laxmi ka Aagman ho...
    Happy Diwali





    The name Diwali is itself a contraction of the word Deepavali (Sanskrit: दीपावली Dīpāvali), which translates into row of lamps.[3] Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (diyas) (or Deep in Sanskrit: दीप) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. During Diwali celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends. Some Indian business communities begin the financial year on the first day of Diwali, hoping for prosperity the following year.


    Dipavali was first mentioned in Jain books as the date of the nirvana of Mahavira. In fact, the oldest reference to Diwali is a related word, dipalikaya, which occurs in Harivamsha-Purana, written by Acharya Jinasena [11] and composed in the Shaka Samvat era in the year 705.
    ततस्तुः लोकः प्रतिवर्षमादरत् प्रसिद्धदीपलिकयात्र भारते |
    समुद्यतः पूजयितुं जिनेश्वरं जिनेन्द्र-निर्वाण विभूति-भक्तिभाक् |२० |
    tatastuh lokah prativarsham-araat ako
    prasiddha-deepalikaya-aatra bharate
    samudyatah poojayitum jineshvaram
    jinendra-nirvana vibhuti-bhaktibhak



    How is Diwali Celebrated:
    On the third day, lots of small clay lamps (called diyas) and candles are lit and placed in houses, and fireworks are let off everywhere, giving Diwali its name of “Festival of Lights”. People also clean and decorate their homes with Rangoli (Hindu folk art), buy new clothes, gamble, and give each other gifts and sweets during the festival.


    Laxmi aayegi itni ki sab jagah Naam hoga,
    Din raat vyapar bade itna adhik kaam hoga,
    Ghar Pariwar samaj me banoge Sartaj, Yehi Kamna hai hamari aap ke liye
    Diwali ki Dhero Shubh Kamanaye...















    Stories related to Diwali

    Hindus have several significant mythological events associated with it:


    The Killing of Narakasura:

    Celebrated as Naraka Chaturdasi, two days before Diwali day, it commemorates the killing of Narakasura, an evil demon who created havoc, by Lord Krishna's wife Satyabhama. This happened in the Dwapara Yuga during this time of Lord Krishna's avatar. In another version, the demon was killed by Lord Krishna himself. Before Narakasura's death, he requested a boon from his mother, Satyabhama (believed to be an Avatar of Bhudevi - Narakasura' mother), that everyone should celebrate his death with colorful light.




    Return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya:

    Diwali also celebrates the return of Lord Rama, King of Ayodhya, with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana to Ayodhya after a 14 year exile, and a war in which he killed the demon king Ravana. It is believed that the people of Ayodhya, lit oil lamps along the way to light their path in the darkness. This is the reason, why the festival is celebrated a day earlier in South India since Lord Rama travelled from the south to his kingdom in the north. In North India, the festival is held on the final day of the Vikram calendar. The following day marks the beginning of the North Indian new year, and is called Annakut.


    * Austerities of Shakti:

    According to the Skanda Purana, the goddess Shakti observed 21 days of austerity starting from ashtami of shukla paksha (eighth day of the waxing period of moon) to get half of the body of Lord Shiva. This vrata (austerity) is known as kedhara vrata. Deepavali is the completion day of this austerity. This is the day Lord Shiva accepted Shakti into the left half of the form and appeared as Ardhanarishvara. The ardent devotees observe this 21 days vrata by making a kalasha with 21 threads on it and 21 types of offerings for 35 days. The final day is celebrated as kedhara gauri vrata.RKrishnashna defeating Indra:



    Phool ki shuruvat kali se hoti hai,
    Zindagi ki shuruvat pyar se hoti hai,
    Pyar ki shuruvat apno se hoti hai aur
    apno ki shuruvat aapse hoti hai.
    * Happy Diwali *




    Govardhan Puja is celebrated the day after Diwali. It is the day Lord Krishna defeated Indra, the deity of thunder and rain. As per the story, Krishna saw huge preparations for the annual offering to Lord Indra and questions his father Nanda about it. Why was this necessary? Why should human beings offer anything to some unknown being in the sky? He debated with the villagers about what their 'dharma' truly was. They were farmers, they should do their duty and concentrate on farming and protection of their cattle. He continued to say that all human beings should merely do their 'karma', to the best of their ability and not pray for natural phenomenon. The villagers were convinced by Krishna, and did not proceed with the special puja (prayer). Indra was then angered, and flooded the village. Krishna then lifted Mt Govardhan and held it up as protection to his people and cattle from the rain. Indra finally accepted defeat and recognized Krishna as supreme. This aspect of Krishna's life is mostly glossed over - but it actually set up the basis of the 'karma' philosophy later detailed in the Bhagavat Gita




    * Bali's return to the nether world

    In Bhavishyottara and Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Diwali is associated with the Daitya king Bali, who is allowed to return to earth once a year. However in Kerala this is the reason 'Onam' is celebrated. 'Onam' festival falls around the month of August-September.







    Celebrated by people across the globe, as the "Festival of Lights," where the lights or lamps signify the uplighting of darkness and victory of good over the evil within.

    The day also commemorated the homecoming of King Rama of Ayodhya, after a 14-year exile in the forest and thus the people of Ayodhya (the capital of his kingdom) welcomed him back by lighting up rows of lamps (deepa-wali), thus its name, Deepawali, or simply shortened as Diwali.


    "aaj se aap ke yaha...dhan. .. ki barsat ho,
    maa laxmi ka... vas... ho, sankatto ka.... nash... ho
    har dil par aapka... raj... ho, unnati ka sar par... taj... ho
    ghar me shanti ka.... vas... ho
    * HAPPY DIWALI *




    The celebrations focus on lights and lamps, particularly traditional dīpa or deeya (earthen lamp), and fireworks. Though colloquially called Diwali in North India, in South India it is called Deepavali.
    Diwali is celebrated for five consecutive days at the end of Hindu month of Ashwayuja (amanta). It usually occurs in October/November, and is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals in India.

    Diwali comes exactly twenty days after Dussehra. Hindus, Jains and Sikhs alike regard it as a celebration of life and use the occasion to strengthen family and social relationships. For Hindus it is one of the most important festivals, and beginning of the year in some Hindu calendars, especially in North India.

    There are several beliefs regarding the origin of the holiday. The most repeated version is that Hindus celebrate Diwali to mark the time when Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana.



    Some also view it as the day Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura or in honor of the day Bali went to rule the nether-world, obeying the order of Vishnu. In Jainism it marks the nirvana of Lord Mahavira, which occurred on Oct. 15, 527 B.C.



    It is also a significant festival for the Sikh faith. In India, Diwali is now considered to be more of a national festival, and the aesthetic aspect of the festival is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith






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    Tumako nishadina dhyaavata, Hara vishnu vidhaataa
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    Suurya chandramaa dhyaavata, Naarada rishi gaataa
    Durgaa ruupa nirantara, Sukha sampati daataa
    Jo koi tumako dhyaavata, Riddhi siddhi dhana paataa
    Tuuhii hai paataala basantee, Tuuhii shubha daataa
    Karma prabhaava prakaashak, Jaganidhi ke traataa
    Jisa ghara mein tuma rahatii, Saba sadaguna aataa
    Kara na sake soyee kara le, Mana nahin ghabaraataa
    Tuma bina yagya na hove, Vastra na koii paataa
    Khaana paana kaa vaibhava, Saba tumase hii aataa
    Shubha guna mandira sundara, Ksheerodadhi jaataa
    Ratana chaturdasha tuma hii, Koii nahiin paataa


    Aartii lakshmii jii kii, Jo koii nara gaataa
    Ura aananda umanga ati, Paapa utara jaataa



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    Lakshmi Puja


    There are two legends that associate the worship of Goddess Lakshmi on this day. According to first one, on this day, Goddess Lakshmi emerged from Kshira Sagar, the Ocean of Milk, during the great churning of the oceans, Samudra manthan.

    The second legend relates to the Vamana avatar of Vishnu, the incarnation he took to kill the demon king Bali, thereafter it was on this day, that Vishnu came back to his abode, the Vaikuntha, so those who worship Lakshmi (Vishnu's consort) on this day, get the benefit of her benevolent mood, and are blessed with mental, physical and material well-being.

    As per spiritual references, on this day "Lakshmi-panchayatan" enters the Universe. Sri Vishnu, Sri Indra, Sri Kuber, Sri Gajendra and Sri Lakshmi are elements of this "panchayatan" (a group of five).

    The tasks of these elements are...


    * Vishnu: Happiness (happiness and satisfaction)

    * Indra: Opulence (satisfaction due to wealth)

    * Kubera: Wealth (one who gives away wealth)

    * Gajendra: Carries the wealth

    * Lakshmi: Divine Energy (Shakti) which provides energy to all the above activities





    Esoteric Significance


    While Deepavali is popularly known as the "festival of lights", the most significant esoteric meaning is "the awareness of the inner light".Central to Hindu philosophy, is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Deepavali is the celebration of this Inner Light, in particular the knowing of which outshines all darkness (removes all obstacles and dispels all ignorance), awakening the individual to one's true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, imminent and transcendent reality. With the realization of the Atman, comes universal compassion, love, and the awareness of the oneness of all things (higher knowledge). This brings Ananda (Inner Joy or Peace).

    Deepavali celebrates this through festive fireworks, lights, flowers, sharing sweets, and worship. While the story behind Deepavali varies from region to region, the essence is the same - to rejoice in the Inner Light (Atman) or the underlying reality of all things (Brahman)





    Celebrated by people across the globe, as the "Festival of Lights," where the lights or lamps signify the uplighting of darkness and victory of good over the evil within.

    The day also commemorated the homecoming of King Rama of Ayodhya, after a 14-year exile in the forest and thus the people of Ayodhya (the capital of his kingdom) welcomed him back by lighting up rows of lamps (deepa-wali), thus its name, Deepawali, or simply shortened as Diwali.

    The celebrations focus on lights and lamps, particularly traditional dīpa or deeya (earthen lamp), and fireworks. Though colloquially called Diwali in North India, in South India it is called Deepavali.
    Diwali is celebrated for five consecutive days at the end of Hindu month of Ashwayuja (amanta). It usually occurs in October/November, and is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals in India.

    Diwali comes exactly twenty days after Dussehra. Hindus, Jains and Sikhs alike regard it as a celebration of life and use the occasion to strengthen family and social relationships. For Hindus it is one of the most important festivals, and beginning of the year in some Hindu calendars, especially in North India.

    There are several beliefs regarding the origin of the holiday. The most repeated version is that Hindus celebrate Diwali to mark the time when Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana.

    Some also view it as the day Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura or in honor of the day Bali went to rule the nether-world, obeying the order of Vishnu. In Jainism it marks the nirvana of Lord Mahavira, which occurred on Oct. 15, 527 B.C.

    It is also a significant festival for the Sikh faith. In India, Diwali is now considered to be more of a national festival, and the aesthetic aspect of the festival is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith


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    In Singapore





    In Singapore, the festival is called "Deepavali", and is a gazetted public holiday. Observed primarily by the minority Indian community, it is typically marked by a light-up in the Little India district and is most known for the fire-walking ceremonies not practiced as part of the festival in other countries. The Hindu Endowment Board of Singapore along with Singapores' government organizes many cultural events around Diwali time.


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    Default Ras Malai

    Don't we love this time of year! Lights, firecrackers, goodwill and of course, plenty of great food are what we look forward to every Diwali.





    The downside of that last fun factor, though is that we tend to overdo it with the sweets and end up packing on the pounds or aggravating chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol.

    But not to fear! This year, you can enjoy these low-cal desserts with significantly lessened sugar content -- here's how to prepare them.

    Ras Malai

    Ras Malai, originally from Orissa, is a very popular milk-based dessert. It consists of sugary, cream-coloured (it can be yellow too) balls of paneer (cottage cheese) soaked in malai (cream) and flavoured with cardamom. It is specially made during the festive season.

    Good for: Diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, healthy bones, women's health

    Health factor: Low sugar, low fat, low salt, high calcium, high protein, high minerals

    Preparation time: 10 minutes

    Cooking time: 20 minutes

    Ingredients (makes 20 pieces):

    1 litre milk
    1 tsp vinegar
    1 tsp cornflour
    1 cup water
    10 almonds
    1/2 cup sugar or sugar-free Natura powder
    Method:

    Boil 500 ml milk. Add vinegar, till paneer is separated.
    Switch the burner off and cover the paneer for a minute with a lid.
    Strain the water away. Do not press too hard on the strainer.
    Empty the paneer into a plate and add cornflour to it. Beat till it becomes a soft dough and make small balls out of it.
    In a pressure cooker, add water and sugar/ sugar-free powder. Let it boil.
    Put the paneer balls in and cover with the lid. Pressure cook till one whistle.
    Take the remaining 500 ml milk in a kadai and boil it. Remember to keep stirring the milk, or it will stick to the bottom and give a burnt flavour. Simmer on low flame for 15 minutes.
    Let it cool. Add the rasgullas (the paneer balls) to this mix and add sugar-free Natura powder. Decorate with chopped almonds.
    Serve cold.




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    Default Badam Phirni

    Ingredients (for four servings):



    5 tbsps rice (red rice)
    5 cups skimmed milk
    8-10 almonds, blanched and crushed
    4 tbsps grated jaggery (gur)
    1/2 tsp green cardamom (elaichi) powder
    1 tsp rose water
    4-6 blanched, silvered pistachios
    Method:

    Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes.
    Remove the water and grind the rice to make a smooth paste.
    Dilute the rice paste in half a cup of water and set aside. Boil milk in a non-stick saucepan.
    Reduce heat and add the diluted rice mixture to the milk.
    Cook on a medium flame for about five minutes or till the mixture thickens. Stir continuously.
    Add jaggery, crushed almonds and green cardamom powder.
    Reduce heat and cook till jaggery has completely dissolved.
    Remove from heat and mix with rose water.
    Pour into separate serving bowls.
    Garnish with pistachios.
    Chill in the refrigerator for an hour before serving.
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    Wish you happy Diwali! as Diwali festival is near. You might need greeting sms to wish your friend and family. Here is great collection of Diwali sms.
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    Memories of moments celebrated together…….
    Moments that have been attached in my heart, forever…….
    Make me Miss You even more this Diwali.
    Hope this Diwali brings in Good Fortune & Abounding Happiness for you!
    HAPPY DIWALI
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    May the blessings of Goddess Laxmi deity of love,
    wealth and fortune bestow you with opulence and prosperity.
    May you have sparkling Deepavali.
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    Andhera hua dur raat ke saath
    Nayi subha aayi diwali leke sath
    Ab ankhne kholo dekho ek msg aayi hai
    Diwali ki subh kamna sath layi hai.
    ” Happy Diwali”
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    Hai Roshni ka ye Tyohar,
    Laye Har Chehre par Muskaan,
    Sukh aur Samridhi ki Bahaar,
    Samet lo Saari Khushiyan,
    Apno ka Saath aur Pyar,
    Is Pawan Avsar par,
    Aap sab ko Diwali ki Shubhkamnayein!!!
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    Diwali parva hai khushiyon ka,
    Ujalo ka, laxmi ka…Iss diwali aapka
    zindagi khushiyon se bhari ho,
    Duniya ujalo sey roshan ho,
    Ghar par maa laxmi ka aagman ho.
    Happy Diwali.
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    This diwali tumko mile
    Rathore ki Aim
    Film stars ka Fame
    Game show ka Jackpot
    Hit film mein ek spot
    Jadoo ki chhari
    lots of crackers aur phuljhari
    Wishing u a very HAPPY DIWALI!
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    Diwali ke Is Mangal Avsar par,
    Aap Sabhi ki Manokamna Puri ho,
    Khushiyan Apke Kadam Chume,
    Isi Kamna ke Saath aap Sabhi ko,
    Diwali ki Dhero Badhaiyan.
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    Diwali Aaye Apne sang Khushiyon ki Bahar laye,
    Jagmagate Diyo Se Diwali Ka Swagat Karo,
    Aap Sabhi ko Diwali ke Shubh Avsar par,
    Dher Saari Shubkamnayein.
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    Ashirwad Mile Bado Se
    Sahyog Mile Apno Se
    Khusiya Mile Jag Se
    Doulat Mile Rub Se
    Yahi Duaa Karte He Hum Dil Se
    Wish U A VERY HAPPY DIWALI
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    May the Goddess of wealth and the God of Knowledge bless you with their choicest blessings.
    On this Diwali and always!

    May the festival of light encircle your life with Joy and Happiness.
    Success comes at your doorsteps. With these blessings sending my warm wishes to you on Diwali and always.
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    May This Diwali be as bright as ever.
    May this Diwali bring joy, health and wealth to you.
    May the festival of lights brighten up you and your near and dear ones lives.
    May this Diwali bring in u the most brightest and choicest happiness and love you have ever Wished for.
    May this Diwali bring you the utmost in peace and prosperity.
    May lights triumph over darkness.
    May peace transcend the earth.
    May the spirit of light illuminate the world.
    May the light that we celebrate at Diwali show us the way and lead us together on the path of peace and social harmony
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    As the candlelight flame,
    Ur life may always be happiness’ claim;
    As the mountain high,
    U move without sigh;
    like the white linen flair,
    Purity is always an affair;
    As sunshine creates morning glory,
    fragrance fills years as flory;
    with the immaculate eternal smile,
    attached to u mile after mile;
    All darkness is far away,
    As light is on its way;
    Wish all of u a very happy diwali.
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    May the festival of lights be the harbinger of joy and prosperity. As the holy occasion of Diwali is here and the atmosphere is filled with the spirit of mirth and love, here’s hoping this festival of beauty brings your way, bright sparkles of contentment, that stay with you through the days ahead. Best wishes on Diwali and New year.
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    There’s always something warm and bright, about this time of the year, when everything has a special glow,
    and hearts are full of cheer, that’s why, this special greeting comes your way, to wish you all life’s best, on Diwali and in the coming year, too.
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    Diwali ke Is Mangal Avsar par,
    Aap Sabhi ki Manokamna Puri ho,
    Khushiyan Apke Kadam Chume,
    Isi Kamna ke Saath aap Sabhi ko,
    Diwali ki Dhero Badhaiyan.
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    Jagmag Thali Sajao,
    Mangal Deepo ko Jalao,Apne Gharo aur Dilo main Asha ki Kiran Jagao,
    Khushali aur Samridhi se bhara ho apka jeevan,
    Isi Kamna ke Saath Shubh Deepawali.
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    May the beauty
    Of deepavali season
    Fill your home with
    Happiness,
    And may the coming year
    Provide you with all
    That bring you joy!
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    Aai aai diwali aai,
    Saath me kitni khushiyan layi,
    Dhoom machao, mauz manao,
    Aap sabhi ko diwali ki badhai.
    Happy Diwali.
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    Peace
    Prosperity
    Good Fortune
    May the blessings of the Lord be with you..
    today and in the coming years Subh Deepavali.
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    Default Diwali family time for TV actors

    They leave the comfort of their homes to pursue their dreams in showbiz in the entertainment capital. But most television actors prefer celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights, with their family.

    Actress Natasha Sharma, better known as Sia of ‘Na Aana Is Des Laado’, is planning a trip to Delhi to meet her parents.

    ‘I am going to surprise Ma and Papa. I wait for this time the whole year and we celebrate Diwali in a grand way. I will be putting Rangoli as usual and will be splurging all my money on shopping for my family,’ she said.

    Popular Bengali actress Indrani Haldar, seen as Devyani in Star Plus’ ‘Maryaada’, is also planning a trip to Kolkata.

    ‘I am going to Kolkata for Kali puja. We do a very big puja at our home, and call all our relatives, friends and neighbours for this. Then in the evening we burst lots of crackers and have loads of fun with friends and family,’ said Haldar, who won a National Award for her scintillating performance in Rituparno Ghosh’s ‘Dahan’ in 1997.

    Actress Tina Dutta, who plays Ichcha in Colors’ ‘Uttaran’, will join her family in the US.

    ‘This Diwali is going to be an international one, as I will be heading to US to spend time with my family, but this would be mostly after I wrap up my shoot here in Mumbai,’ said Dutta.

    ‘When I was in Kolkata, Diwali used to be so much fun with the whole family coming together in our house and doing Kali Puja. This is the only Hindu festival I look forward to as it personifies unity, fun, and happiness all together,’ she added.

    Many, who have now permanently shifted base to Mumbai, plan to celebrate the day with family and friends.

    Harshad Chopra, popular for shows like ‘Left Right Left’ and ‘Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil’, plans to celebrate Diwali at his new place.

    ‘My Diwali will be very special this year as I am going to celebrate it with my family in my new house. I will brighten my home with lights and colours… and I plan to make it special for my younger sister,’ said Harshad, who is seen as Anurag in Star Plus’ ‘Tere Liye’ nowadays.

    Even actor Iqbal Khan is looking forward to spending time with his wife Sneha.

    ‘Diwali is a very special time for my wife Sneha and me. Given that I am shooting through the year, getting a few days off is a rare luxury. The three days of Diwali is a period that we spend together at home in blissful solitude.

    ‘It wins hands down over going out or partying. Sneha is very fond of decorating the entire house with lights and diyas for this festive occasion,’ he said.

    There are others who are keen to be with their family on Diwali, but aren’t sure whether they will get an off.

    Additi Gupta, Pihu of Zee TV’s ‘Sanjog Se Bani Sangini’, said: ‘Shooting schedules and other work related commitments rarely leave us with much time for anything else. So if I get an off itself, it will be a cause for celebration for me. However, I will definitely try joining my family for the puja.’

    Shashank Vyas, who plays Jagdish in ‘Balika Vadhu’, would love to spend time with his family in Ujjain.

    ‘I hope I get some time off to be my family in Ujjain. As a school kid I used to wait for Diwali vacations to be with my cousins and grandfather. But now being an actor, things have changed – no holidays and only shoots. I think I will be shooting on this Diwali too, but I’ll ensure I celebrate it with all my co-stars and the production unit,’ said Vyas.
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    isn't it too early to post this .. dewali isnt until 3 more day



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    Quote Originally Posted by нαsн View Post
    isn't it too early to post this .. dewali isnt until 3 more day
    that's true diwali is on Nov. 5


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    Happy, Happy Diwali ,,,,,,,,,


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    Default Obama's Diwali with Colaba schoolchildren

    Juzer Furniturewala has been obsessively practicing the little speech he will give US President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama about his project, that focuses on protecting planet earth, every hour in front of the mirror, or for the approval of his elder brother, for the last few days.

    Says the energised Class 10 student and head boy of the Holy Name High School, Colaba, south Mumbai, "I was a little nervous at first, but now I am very excited. I am very happy. At first I could not believe (when I heard that I would be meeting President Obama). I always wished to meet him. I know a lot about him and used to read his articles in the newspaper."

    Furniturewala, 15, who lives in the city's Bhendi Bazaar area, and whose family runs a hardware factory at Darukhana, central Mumbai, is one of the 20 students (Holy Name has 2,000 pupils) and two teachers who will meet Obama when he visits the school on Sunday morning.

    Juzer has bought a new uniform for the occasion. One parent of each of the 20 students will also be allowed to attend the event. Juzer's mother will attend with him.

    "My mom had a wish to meet him, so my father said she should go," he explains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by нαsн View Post
    isn't it too early to post this .. dewali isnt until 3 more day

    sorry i thought i can add 3-4 days newses of diwali here..
    thats why posted little bit early..
    but its ok..u can hide/delete..no worries..
    not want to post it against ur wish..sorry once again..
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    Quote Originally Posted by dR Billy View Post
    sorry i thought i can add 3-4 days newses of diwali here..
    thats why posted little bit early..
    but its ok..u can hide/delete..no worries..
    not want to post it against ur wish..sorry once again..
    koi baat nahi ......its agud time happpyyy diwali nd happy tihar in nepal









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    Default Big B to spend Diwali offering 'pooja', playing cards

    Diwali preparations are on at Amitabh Bachchan's place and the megastar is all set to spend this festive occasion offering 'pooja' and playing cards as per tradition.



    The 68-year-old actor's house Prateeksha is being decorated with lights and flowers are already in place to mark Bachchan 'bahu' Aishwarya Rai's birthday celebrated Monday.




    There are now preparations on for Diwali. The lights for the house are being put up. The simple single toned white-yellow lights all over the boundary and ceiling of the house. The gates dressed up with flowers first, for Aishwarya's
    birthday - a routine for each celebration that takes place at the home.

    "And once up (the lights) shall be switched on at that historic moment when we shall finish our Diwali pooja and light the first lamp with the lamp from the prayer," wrote the Big B on his blog.

    Besides reading verses from the Ramayana, fire crackers will also be burnt and sweets distributed among the staff.
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    Default Mixed Masala Diwalis: Inter-faith revelry

    Indian Americans in inter-faith marriages tell Sandip Roy how they celebrate the festival.

    "It's our Christmas," is how many Indian immigrants explained Diwali to American co-workers and neighbours. But as more and more Indian immigrants and their children enter mixed-faith marriages, they already have a Christmas on the family holiday schedule.

    These are, as one Brooklyn group calls it, the "mixed masala" families. Some of these families share their stories about how they keep traditions from both faiths alive and meaningful. Diwali becomes the kick-off to the holiday season of Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah.

    'My husband, a devout Catholic, is open to all festivals'

    I grew up in Calcutta (now Kolkata) and remember participating in the Kali Puja. Then we moved to New York City and then to Houston. But we always celebrated Diwali. My mother had over 100 clay diyas and we would place them around our house. We still do that. In fact, my children say one of their favorite parts about Diwali is putting diyas around the house and around the pool.

    We now have an annual Diwali party at our house. Anywhere between 20 to 100 people show up. We have dinner and fireworks. Of course, the fireworks are illegal, but we just do it in the backyard and the children love the sparklers. The older children give one to two-minute talks about what Diwali means, the triumph of good over evil.

    We've been doing this every year since we got married. My husband Richard is a devout Catholic from a 100 percent Italian family, the epitome of a good Catholic boy. He was even an altar boy at church. But in school they celebrated other cultures and he has been very open to it. We celebrate Easter and Christmas, and we invite ourselves over to a friend's house for Hanukkah.

    We are doing this for the children -- to teach them about their heritage. More and more people from different backgrounds are getting married these days. Children need to know who they are. It does not mean they need to grow up Catholic or Hindu. They can choose. Though I have to say, for whatever reason, the mother often leads the way when it comes to inculcating culture. But I try to do both. I definitely think much more about my heritage because of my children. I think I have become more Hindu today than I was 10 to 15 years ago.



    Amanda Vavilala lives in Houston with her husband Richard Morales and their three children, two boys and a girl. They have been married since 2000.

    'Stephen loves the way we celebrate Diwali'

    I am the only daughter of Andhra Hindu parents. I grew up partly in London, partly in Madras. In Madras, I remember visiting family and friends who made bommala koluvus -- elaborate displays of dolls on steps covered with a white cloth.

    Our kitchen has a mandir with a picture of Venkateswara, just like every kitchen of my childhood. On Diwali, we gather before it, light an agarbatti and say the prayers we know. My mother has taught the boys two prayers: Shuklam Bharatharam Vishnum and Vina Venkatesam. I have taught the boys the Gayatri Mantra. I go to my son Satya's preschool classroom, tell the Ramayana story, light diyas and give out sweets. In the evening, we go to the Hindu Temple in Flushing, and have dosas in the canteen downstairs. Another family tradition is complaining about how much styrofoam is used in the temple canteen.
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    Default Diwali wishes from Julia Roberts

    Oscar winner Hollywood star Julia Roberts, the recent convert to Hinduism, says 'Diwali should be celebrated unanimously throughout the world as a gesture of goodwill'.



    In her Diwali wishes, published on the website of The Times of India, Roberts adds that essence of both Christmas and Diwali is the same as both "are festivals of lights, good spirits and death of evil".

    Roberts further points out that Diwali "not only belongs to Hinduism but is universal in nature and in its essence too. Diwali ignites the values of self confidence, love for humanity, peace, prosperity and above all eternity which goes beyond all mortal factors When I think of Diwali, I can never imagine a world broken into fragments by narrow feelings of communalism and religion which does not care for human benevolence."

    "Ever since I developed my liking and fondness for Hinduism, I have been attracted and deeply fascinated by many facets of the multi dimensional Hinduism... spirituality in it transcends many barriers of mere religion", Roberts stated.
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