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Diwali
Start Date: 10/23/2014 All Day
End Date: 10/23/2014

Event Description:
Hindu, Jain, Sikh, & Buddhist holyday: Diwali (the Festival of Lights) is the biggest festival in India. An ancient harvest festival, Diwali is a 4-day celebration for Hindus of the triumph of good over evil, grounded in tales of the Gods & Goddesses, including Rama, Kali, Ganesha, Krishna, Lakshmi, Parvati, and Shiva, associated with wealth, prosperity, and goodness, and celebrated by lighting lamps and exchanging gifts.[i] Some Buddhists celebrate this as the day Emperor Ashoka converted from Hinduism to Buddhism in 262 BCE.[ii] For Jains, it marks Lord Mahavir’s attainment of Nirvana in 527 BCE and the beginning of the New Year.[iii] Sikhs remember Diwali as Bandi Chhor Diwas (Day of Liberation) when the 6th Guru and 52 princes were freed from prison by the Muslim Mughal emperor in 1619.[iv] Diwali is a significant occasion for South Asians from many religious traditions.  


[ii] Festivals of India. “Significance of Diwali.” http://www.festivalsofindia.in/diwali/significance.aspx

[iii] Jain University. “Diwali Festival.” http://www.jainuniversity.org/jain-festival/Diwali-Festival

[iv] About. “History and Holiday of Bandi Chhor and Diwali” http://sikhism.about.com/od/commemorativecelebrations/a/Bandi_Chhor.htm

Contact Information:
Name: Rev. Amy L. Fisher
Phone: (617) 573-8325
Email: interfaith@suffolk.edu

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