Diwali, Hinduism’s most important celebration, begins Oct. 19. The five-day “Festival of Lights” draws its name from the climax of the week, the third day of Diwali, which is Oct. 21. Most days begin with an early morning oil bath and the performance of tributes to the deities. The origins of Diwali differ depending on the region of India, but many are stories of good conquering evil. Locally, the newly formed Hindu Temple at 2006 Holly Ave. will hold Diwali celebrations on Oct. 21, and the Cultural Association of India will celebrate the holiday on Nov. 4 at Brady Commons.
Belief in brief: Diwali
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