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6 Holiday Traditions Around the World

 

6. India: Diwali

In this Hindu celebration, a five-day long “festival of lights,” special clay lamps are lit that signify the triumph of good over evil. The day falls on Amavasyaa, or when the moon doesn’t rise and they’re constant darkness. Diwali celebrants then light their homes up as much as possible. Fireworks, colorful clothes and meals with friends and family are commonplace during the festival, one of the most important in the Hindu religion.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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12:10PM PST on Jan 22, 2013

The one I would like to take part is the Diwali, in India. It seems to be amazing!

9:17PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Thanks very interesting

8:43AM PST on Jan 17, 2013

i've heard of some of these and partook in a few too! i like learning about different cultures and the way they celebrate. we may be miles apart, but still share some ways of celebrating, be it food or drink or fireworks!

9:34PM PST on Dec 24, 2012

I'd love to celebrate Diwali!

7:12AM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Very interesting info, thanks :-)

7:54PM PST on Dec 22, 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone! Thanks.

5:59PM PST on Dec 18, 2012

lovely

5:21PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

It's great to hear of different traditions from other parts of the world. Folklore is so interesting.

9:31AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

thanks for sharing

8:23AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Thanks!

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