In the North it is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna defeated Indra the god of thunder and rain, but in Gujarat it is celebrated as the start of the new year.
In Maharashtra on this day Bali Puja is performed to seek the blessings of demon king Bali. It celebrates sisters, in the same way that Raksha Bandhan on August 1 is dedicated to brothers.
On this day prosperity is celebrated and people clean their house in preparation for Goddess Lakshmi who is welcomed into people’s homes. The second day is known as Naraka Chaturdasi or Chhoti Diwali, meaning small Diwali.
On this day the goddess Kali and Lord Krishna were believed to destroy the demon Narakasura and free 16,000 captive princesses.
We applaud her open-mindedness and hope that her words manage to move other parents into accepting their children's sexual orientations as something natural.
Indian pop star Shael may not have a huge following in the Green Mountains.
He recently uploaded a video on his You Tube channel where his mother talks about homosexuality, answers questions regarding it, and also talks about how she dealt with son coming out of the closet.
When Shael approached him about locations for his latest video, he pitched the Green Mountain State. Filming occurred in about a 24-hour period in early April — hence the snow in some scenes. Baloch coordinated with local producer Joe Bookchin, who was the location scout for the video.
Here is how to wish loved ones a ‘Happy Diwali’ in Hindi, Punjabi and Tamil.
To greet someone in Hindi for Diwali it’s best to say ‘Diwali ki Shubhkamnayein’ or ‘Shush Deepavali’. Meanwhile in Punjabi it would be ‘Tuhanu Diwali diyan boht both vadhaiyan’ and in Marathi ‘Shush Diwali’ or ‘Diwalichya hard Shubhechha’.
People decorate doorways and courtyards of homes on this day and they start bursting crackers.
The third day of the celebrations, the most significant day of the Diwali festival, is known as Amavasya and it is the new moon day.