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Diwali Oct 21, 2006

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Diwali or Deepavali, is a major Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Buddhist festival/celebration. Known as the "Festival of Lights," it symbolises the victory of good over evil, and lamps are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for mankind.
Celebrations focus on lights and lamps, particularly traditional diyas. Fireworks are associated with the festival in some regions.
Diwali is celebrated for five consecutive days in the Hindu month of Ashwayuja. It usually occurs in October/November, and is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals of India. Hindus, Jains and Sikhs alike regard it as a celebration of life and use the occasion to strengthen family and social relationships. For Jains it is one of the most important festivals, and beginning of the Jain year. It is also a significant festival for the Sikh faith.  Diwali is also the anniversary of Guru Hargobind ji being released from the prison at Gwalior Fort, on this day in 1619 A D. Today, the entire Golden Temple is illuminated with traditional lamps of different colors during Diwali.
There are lots of celebrations going on throughout the Lower Mainland if you want to learn more about these events or Diwali, check out the links below: