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Diwali: Festival of Lights

Let’s celebrate in true sense this festival of light.

Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, and each religion marks different historical events and stories.

Hindus celebrate the return of deities Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after their 14-year exile. They also celebrate the day Mother Goddess Durga destroyed a demon called Mahisha.

Sikhs particularly celebrate the release from prison of the sixth guru Hargobind Singh in 1619. But Sikhs celebrated the festival before this date.

In fact, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar, the most holy place in the Sikh world, was laid on Diwali in 1577.

The founder of Jainism is Lord Mahavira. During Diwali, Jains celebrate the moment he reached a state called Moksha (nirvana, or eternal bliss).

On the occasion of Diwali, I wish you happiness, prosperity and blessings.

May you have a fantastic Diwali with your loved ones.