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  How I celebrate the Dilwali festival
Updated 04 November 2002, 11.57
Celebrating Diwali
Riya explains what happens during the festival of lights.

"Diwali is a family festival celebrated by Hindus all over the world.

It is the Festival of Lights, to celebrate the return of Lord Rama after 14 years of banishment in the forest.

Woman at an alter celebrating Diwali
Woman at an alter celebrating Diwali
There were rows and rows of colourful rangolis and beautiful shimmering candles (Divas) lit along the streets of Ayodhya, to welcome Lord Rama, their king.

On Diwali people spend quality time with their family and friends. They share sweets, savouries and worship Goddess Lakshmi, who is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.

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After Diwali comes the New Year, which is being celebrated on the 5 November.

On New Year's day my family and I go to the temple to worship our God.

We normally then go to my Grandma's house to get the blessings, and share out our gifts with my cousins."

Riya, 10, London


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