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
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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