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Today Hindus Celebrate Deepavali: The Festival of Lights

Hindus of Sri Lanka, India and many other countries will celebrate Deepavali (literally “a row of lamps”), also known as Deevali in many parts of India other than in Tamil Nadu, Today (10). Perhaps it is the most important and ancient of the Hindu festivals.

It’s an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji. It is also known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ and although it is not a practice in Sri Lanka, in many parts of India families light small oil lamps (diyas) and candles around the home before setting off fireworks.


 Full text of the President’s Deepavali message:


Deepavali opening hearts for reconciliation - President 
"Deepavali is celebrated in a grand manner by the Hindus throughout the world and it also has significance to the other communities as it symbolizes the victory of righteousness over malevolence.
"The eternal truth we see in this Festival of Lights is that since ancient times the human civilization had an ardent desire to make the world a better place. "Just as lighting a lamp eliminates the darkness, may the light of Deepavali lighten up the hearts of all individuals with collective yearning for reconciliation and may that be the common wish of every human being belonging to all civilizations.
"The illuminated Aloka Puja emphasizes the basic fact that solidarity without divisions is an essential precondition for the sustenance of the world. "The human evolution has progressed positively up to date through these virtuous values and customs. It is important to take forward the celebrations such as Deepavali, with their, upright moral values as they eternally purify the hearts of humans. "I wish all the Hindus in Sri Lanka a joyful Deepavali celebration that illuminates the hearts with devotion."
Full text of the Prime Minister's Deepavali message:
Deepavali signifies a moment of light overcoming darkness: PM 
Deepavali, the Festival of Lights, signifies a moment of light overcoming darkness, the good triumphing over evil, for the Hindu faithful throughout the world and Sri Lanka. It is a joyous occasion for the Hindus who celebrate it as one of the most important holy days in their calendar. Deepavali renews hope in our hearts towards the engagement of the human spirit in overcoming evil with the goodness that exist among mankind. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair.
Hindus believe that Deepavali heralds in the demise of selfishness, jealousy and self-centeredness, renewing hope in their hearts and faith in their fellow beings. May all Sri Lankans enjoy and experience the joy of the festival of lights in their hearts and their homes. (Govt. Info)

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