Diwali (Celebrated this year on November 9′ 2007)
Diwali or Deepavali in Sanskrit suggests “a row of lamps” and fireworks have become a foremost component of Diwali revelry.Diwali is to India what Christmas is to the US.Commonly known as the “Festival of Lights,” symbolizes the victory of good over evil, and lamps are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for mankind. Diwali falls on the day of ‘Amavasyaa’ usually in the month of October or November and comes exactly twenty days after Dussehra.Diwali is not only a festival of celebrations such as lightings, crackers, social gatherings to exchange greetings and sharing sweets with your loved ones but it is also a festival that is filled with spiritualism and religious activities such as worship of Goddess Lakshmi, worship of Lord Ganesha, worship of Mother Kali, worship of Lord Chitragupta and worship of Govardhan Parvat.Diwali festival is formally called Deepavali in South India.
Diwali is not diwali if there are no firecrackers.Fireworks are a part of many festivals and celebrations across the globe, and at the Diwali festival in India, fireworks echo across the vast nation for five days and nights. Diwali is marked by feasts, blasts of fun and fireworks.Each year a number of people across the country suffers burns, loss of eyesight, burst eardrums and other minor or serious injuries sometimes even leading to death, and also property is damaged because of fireworks. Here are some ‘do’s and don’ts ‘ of fireworks safety: Do’s Always keep an adult by the side to supervise the use of all fireworks. Check the area before igniting fireworks to be sure all flammable and combustible materials are removed.Follow all safety precautions issued with the fireworks.India urbanisation to curb both pollution from firecrackers and their expense, housing societies have a community display of fireworks which everyone watches.
Diwali greetings in Indian regional languages
Tamil – Deepavali Nal Vazhthukal!
Marathi – Diwalichya Shubhechha!
Telugu – Deepavali Subhakankshalu!
Bengali – Shubho Deepabali!
List of websites to send free Diwali greeting cards over internet:
-> Yahoo Diwali ecards
Choose from a selection of 126 e-cards for Diwali at Yahoo! India
The official egreeetings site of India that provides beautiful free ecards made available by the Government of India portal.
http://www.diwali-cards.com/ – Diwali eCards, Diwali Greetings
Diwali Greetings – Religion Greeting Cards from ecard4all.com