13 Nov '12, 2am

Happy Deepavali! From our archive, ten facts about the festival of lights:

Happy Deepavali! From our archive, ten facts about the festival of lights:

Photo: Singapore Tourism Board 1. Deepavali is also known as ‘Diwali’, a shortform of a Sanskrit word meaning ‘row of lights’. 2. Hindus, Jains and Sikhs celebrate this five-day festival, although each religion has different reasons for honouring it; in Hinduism, Deepavali marks the homecoming of Lord Rama after slaying the demon King Ravana. 3. Deepavali is officially celebrated on the third day. It starts with a cleansing oil bath before sunrise, and ends with the burning of oil lamps and sparklers in the evening. 4. The cleansing oil bath is equivalent to bathing in the holy River Ganges. 5. Most Hindus fast on the second day, breaking their fast at sunset with a bowl of porridge or cracked wheat, butter and sugar. 6. Hindu women usher prosperity and ward off evil spirits by drawing kolam , geometrical coloured-rice drawings, on the floors. 7. Ellu urundai (sesame seed ...

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