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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach
Thursday, October 15, 2009

President Obama and the White House wish Happy Diwali

This is a new dawn of cross cultural and interfaith understanding! What a wonderful message!

Pres Obama has taken pain to learn how to perfectly pronounce Sanskrit and Hindi words in his descriptions of Diwali in different traditions in India (Sikh, Jain, Hindu). He has nicely answered in few words, "What is Diwali"?





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More about Diwali


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   


Diwali and other select Hindu Holidays in 2010


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


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.

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