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921.Diwali is generally associated with the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity
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922. In Hinduism, Diwali is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama after a 14 year exile according to North Indian traditions but down south, the death of the evil Narakasura at the hands of Lord Krishna is the main reason behind celebrating Diwali.

923.Diwali is also celebrated in Nepal and is referred to as ‘Tihar’ or ‘Swanti’. On the fourth day, the Hindu God of death, Yama is worshipped for a longer life of the people.

924. Diwali is also a significant festival for the Sikhs since 1577 as the foundation stone of the Golden Temple was laid on the day of Diwali.

925. Lord Mahavira attained his Moksha or Nirvana on the day of Diwali, and so the Jain community in India celebrates the next day of Diwali as New Year’s Day.

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The 5 days of Diwali include:
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Day 1: On the first day, the ‘Spring clean’ takes place.

Day 2: Decorations begin to take place with lamps/diyas being placed all around the newly cleaned home.

Day 3: The third and main day of the holiday. Families gather to pray to the Goddess Lakshmi, before a mouth-watering feast and fireworks.

Day 4: The start of the Hindu New Year. Friends and family gather to exchange gifts and best wishes for the New Year that is upon them.

Day 5: On the final day if Diwali, brothers visit sisters where they are greeted with love and an extravagant meal.

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