Diwali : south coast ready

2011-10-24 00:00

THE Hindu community on the South Coast is readying itself to celebrate Deepavali with millions of Hindus worldwide.

Deepavali, or Diwali, is one of the most celebrated festivals on the Hindu calendar. thousands of lamps are lit in homes and fireworks set off in the evenings.

Hindu Vedic scholar Sri Aiyer Moothilal, who is from India, says, “Deepavali is actually a universal celebration of the victory of good over evil. We must light the lamp of love in our heart. Our negative habits must explode like the fireworks in the sky and be destroyed.

“That is the true celebration of Deepavali.”

On this day, Hindus rise early and have a traditional oil bath which signifies the cleansing of the body, mind and spirit. Prayers are offered and then families and communities meet to exchange sweetmeat parcels and gifts to foster harmony.

• The SPCA has appealed to owners to take special care of their pets during Diwali.

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