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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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LynneLynne TeachHomePosts: 9,752 mod
• Diwali derives from a Sanskrit word meaning row of lights

• Small earthenware lamps filled with oil are lit and lined along parapets of temples and houses and set adrift on rivers and streams

• Day four of the five-day festival is the main event and the beginning of the lunar month of Karttika - the Vikrama calendar's new year

• For many Hindus, the festival is an opportunity to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. But a number of other gods and myths are also marked


  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,840 mod
    Diwali (spelt many ways and called Tihar in Nepal) is celebrated with a lot of fireworks especially in India. Fireworks were banned for a long time in Nepal, and don't seem to have caught on much yet. The worst I've seen have been small crackers that kids enjoy terrorising people with, though in India it get a bit more lively.

    @nil, yes I meant Mashhad!
  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,752 mod
    edited October 2014
    I hope you survived the celebrations @mheredge‌. In TGIF I was told it was boring to just light some candles. He he.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,840 mod
    I didn't see any candles here in India @Lynne. It's one of the things I particularly like about Diwali in Nepal. I didn't realise it, but apparently here in India the authorities were trying to limit the sale of fireworks. I don't think many people were taking any notice though.
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