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Diwali 2014
















Diwalli 2016 celebration at Darbari Lal DAV Model School New Delhi, India
Diwali 2014 - by Rashmi Kathuria and students from Kaulachi Hansaaraj Model School - IndiaClick to see entire album.
Students of St. Mark's Meera Bagh carried out a rally to sensitize the people in the neighbourhood areas of the school about safe and pollution free Diwali. The students raised slogans and performed a street play showing that a cracker free Diwali is the need of the hour. When the whole world is struggling with the problem of pollution and the related issues nobody has the right to add to it just for the sake of fun. People appreciated the play and understood the importance of pollution free environment. In fact, today, 28th of October, the eve of the first day of Diwali I am very surprised that the sounds of crackers (firecrackers) bursting is almost missing (which earlier used to last the whole night). An appreciable and Eco friendly Diwali opening!
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Photos from Muskan G., St. Mark's Meera Bagh, Celebration of Diwali at her home this year.
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SMJK Poi Lam School - Perak, Malaysia
Students creating a kolum

To : All our Hindu friendsMay the light of Deepavali
With Good overcoming Evil
Illuminates your life and your home
Guiding you through the pathway
Of Joy, Peace and Hope
Wherever you may be
Wherever you may go
Bringing a sense of Inner Peace
To one and all
On this beautiful planet Earth!

Wishing you Happy Deepavali!

Veronica Woo

DLDAV Model School, Shalimar Bagh, Delhi, INDIA



Celebration at St. Joseph's Convent Port of Spain and JNV Devrala Bhiwani-India




Celebration of Diwali at Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, Kenya.




Diwali - the Festival of Lights


d01.jpgDiwali is one of the major religious festivals of India and is celebrated every year in October. The word ‘Diwali’ is derived from the sanskrit word ‘dipavali’ which means rows of lights. Diwali is also referred to as ‘the festival of lights’ and it marks the beginning of the hindu new year. This festival honours the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi.

How is Diwali celebrated in India?

Diwali is a five day festival and during this festival, the houses are cleaned and the houses are decorated with lights. Diwali is generally a time of visiting , exchanging gifts, decorating houses, feasting and wearing new clothes. Diwali is a wonderful day to pray, to care, to smile, to enjoy and to thank goddess Lakshmi for all that she gives us.

dnofirecrackers.jpgBut some people also burn fire crackers which is not eco-friendly. Some people also gamble at the night of Diwali which is not a good practice. It should be celebrated in a way which brings smile and happiness in the hearts of all.

Why is Diwali celebrated?
Diwali is celebrated for several reasons. But one of the major reasons for celebrating Diwali is that on the new moon day of the kartik month, Lord Rama, his wife Sita, and his brother Lakshman returned back to their native place Ayodhya from 14 years of vanvas after defeating the demon king Ravana. People happily clean and decorate their houses and light candles to welcome Lord Rama.

Another major reason for celebrating this festival is that according to the hindu epic Mahabharata, Lord Krishna killed the demon king Narakasur on the day preceding Diwali. Lord Krishna rescued 16000 women from his captive and people happily celebrate this occasion on two consecutive days.

Presented by Simran and Kashish, St. Marks Senior Secondary School, Meera Bagh, New Delhi, India

Note:
The photographs in this presentation have been taken by; KASHISH and SIMRAN.
All the content in this presentation is original and is not taken from any website. We did this to avoid copying the URLs which would have made the task complicated. This was suggested to us by our project manager Mrs. Janet Barnstable and by our teacher Mrs. Lakshmi Srinivas.

Please enjoy and please post your comments by clicking the discussion at the top of the page.

Here are some additional photos of the Diwali lights taken by Kashish and Simran.
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Students of Darbari Lal Model School, Pitampura, India, preparing for Diwali 2015 celebrations by creating candles, diyas and colourful Rangolis and decorating the school corridors.
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The array of coloursDiwali is hereFirecrackers are heardCandles are litChildren playPresents are givenWe pray to the godsDiwali is here.Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous Diwali!- Posted by Shaily Chawla