Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Deepavali

Happy Deepavali
I wish all my readers a Happy Deepavali.

Deepavali (Festival of Lights) is a significant festival celebrated in India, to signify the triumph of good over the evil. The festival is known as Deepavali in South India while North Indians normally call it as Diwali. The celebrations in South India revolves around Lord Krishna destroying Narakasuran, where as the celebrations in North India is about Rama's return to Ayodhya after the killing of Ravana. The North Indians celebrate Diwali the day after South Indians celebrate Deepavali.

Deepavali is celebrated with much interest and enthusiasm in Singapore. In Singapore, it is a national holiday. In India, we used to have a Deepavali with sound of crackers resonating throughout the season. In Singapore, it will be a muted celebration due to the restriction on the crackers that can be used. While it is a sound and light show in India, it is purely a light show in Singapore.


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