Diwali 2013: Hindus worldwide to mark Diwali on Sunday

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Golden Temple Diwali (photo: vedicodyssey.com)
Millions of Indians stocked up on firecrackers, handed out sweets and adorned their homes with glowing lanterns and sparklers ahead of Diwali, the Hindu “festival of lights” on Sunday.

The festival symbolizes the victory of the righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness.

On the night of Diwali, which is a shortened form of the word Deepavali, meaning ‘a row of lamps,’ families gather for the spectacular fireworks displays held all over the country.

The most important festival of the year in India, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. The biggest — and loudest — celebrations come Sunday, when people set off a near-constant stream of firecrackers that light up the sky before leaving a dark, smoggy cloud that lingers for days.

Diwali also is celebrated by Hindus in other parts of the world, including countries in Southeast Asia, Europe and North America.

Hindus in Canada will be marking the weekend with Diwali dinners and dances.

This year, mindful of the pollution and the dangers of the deafening displays, Indian authorities have made a push to cut down on the number of firecrackers, and some schools sent notices home urging parents not to buy any fireworks.

In the run-up to the festival, people hand out sweets, give their homes a vigorous cleaning and offer prayers to Ganesh and to the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.

Shops have been packed with customers buying new clothes, gifts for friends and co-workers and brightly lit decorations for their homes. Potters ramp up production of popular earthen lamps, known as diyas.
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