Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: October Holiday
Mon, 5 Oct 1998 10:09:11 -0400
The Hindu holiday of Dewali (Depauvali etc) will occur on Monday 19 Oct.
Devali is the Festival of Lights which celebrates the triumph of the Good
King and his Virtuous wife over the Evil usurping brother and his
minions. Festivites in India include pageants of the Ram Lila, outlining
the house in lights (Depawli always occurs on the new moon), and
fireworks. Traditionally, children receive gifts of sweets and wives get
a new sari (as expensive as the husband can afford to buy).
The occasion also marks the beginning of the fiscal year for Hindu
businesses and may be known as Laxmi puja.
It is a nationwide, Hindu, festival.