Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Divali holiday to be observed on November 6

This year's Divali holiday will be observed on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

The announcement was made on Thursday by President Paula-Mae Weekes in accordance with the provisions of the Public Holidays and Festivals Act.

However, this will not add to the year's tally of long weekends, of which there were six, including the Independence Day, Republic Day and the Spiritual Baptist Day holidays. 

Divali, known as the 'festival of lights', is one of the largest celebrations in the English-speaking Caribbean. 

Celebrated by Hindus around the world, Divali symbolizes the lifting of spiritual darkness. It is a celebration of good over evil and light over darkness. Divali means an array of lamps (deep: lamp; vali: array).

Before the lighting, Hindus undergo a period of fasting, praying for the blessings of Mother Lakshmi on their homes.

The observance is based on Hindu scripture: the return of Lord Rama, along with his wife Sita from his fourteen-year-long exile and his vanquishing the demon Rawan. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminate the kingdom with deyas.

 

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