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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach
Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Diwali is one of the most widely celebrated festivals and holidays in India spanning in some places up to five days. Though Diwali has many connections to Hinduism, Diwali is a secular holiday. People of all faiths and backgrounds can celebrate Diwali- as it is the 'festival of lights' celebrating good overcoming evil; a universal theme. Diwali is also one of the most widely known Indian holidays outside India. In this post, you can browse some links on Diwali on my website, including 'The Story of Diwali,' how to celebrate Diwali like a local (Tamilian) and an interesting connection between Diwali and Onam, another South Indian secular holiday.

Before browsing the links, take a peek at this Thala Diwali Cadbury's milk ad in Tamil. Thala means the 'first after marriage'. Thala Diwali is most important for newly married couples and extended family. The girl playing the 'wife' in this ad is none other than one of our friends who's making it big in Tamil Films, Priya. Congrats, Priya!!


Diwali Celebrations 2001 in India:  How to Celebrate Diwali like a local in Six Easy Steps! 



This article was by the time I lived in India. One of my local guardians, I affectionately continue to call 'Amma', taught me how her traditional family celebrates Diwali. I was happy about learning this method of celebrating Diwali as it was very simple and straight forward.

Story of Diwali Happy Diwali 2008

This article was inspired partially by e-mail stories friends have sent me over the years and from other internet research I have done. It's not only Diwali that fascinates me like this, but the fact that the same holidays are celebrated in different parts of India, but expressed so differently from state to state and region to region.

               Day 1: Dhanteras
               Day 2: Nakra Chaturdashi
               Day 3: Lakshmi Puja 
               Day 4: Padwa or Varshapratipada    
               Day 5: Bhayya Dhuj   

Onam and Diwali: A Mysterious Connection

When a friend sent me a story about Onam legends and myths, something in that story reminded me of aspects of the Story of Diwali  article above. It is quite interesting that the same story some in India use to celebrate Diwali is used in a very similiar way but to explain Onam. It so intrigued me, I wrote this article on it.

Pres. Obama Wishes Happy Diwali and teaches Americans about Diwali and it's significance in different faiths in India.

Diwali Celebrations 2001 in India: How to Celebrate Diwali like a local in Six Easy Steps!


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Diwali and other select Hindu Holidays in 2010


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