Thursday, November 4, 2010

Welcome Diwali, The Indian Festival of Lights

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Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, begins Friday, Nov. 5 this year. One of the things YJI does is connect people by building bridges across cultures. One way we do that is to have students write about the holidays they celebrate at home. YJI reporter Harsha Mishra, from Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India, wrote about Diwali a couple years ago. It's worth taking out and looking at again. Harsha, by the way, is making us proud by studying engineering in college now. Here's what she wrote in 2008:

Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, INDIA -- Various colors, bright atmosphere, harmonious feelings, charming greetings, delicious dishes and melodious songs are the few things that are common in every festival that is celebrated around the world.
Let it be Christmas from the West or Holi from the East. Both bring happiness, joy and enthusiasm in the lives of people.
One such festival celebrated in India is Diwali, which is often called the festival of lights.
Diwali, or Dipawali, as we call it, is celebrated according to the Indian calendar...

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