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In The News: Happy Diwali

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For Hindus, Diwali is one _1_ the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families _2_ performing traditional activities together in their homes. It is celebrated by people in India and Indians living abroad. Each day of the festival is separated by a different tradition, but _3_ remains the same is the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness.

Diwali popularly known as the 'festival of lights', is a five day festival which starts November 13 _4_ 2012. It is called the 'festival of lights' because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas.

The holiday originated _5_ a harvest festival that marked the last harvest of the year _6_ winter. Diwali marks the beginning of the Hindu and Gujarati New Year.

Do you celebrate Diwali? What do you during the festival? Share your experiences in the comments area.

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