DEEPAWALI – AN INTRODUCTION TO MY GLOBAL AUDIENCES FANS FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES
India celebrates Diwali or Deepawali on November 06, 2010. Diwali is popularly known as the festival of lights, is an important five-day festival in Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and occurring between mid-October and mid-November.
People do Lakshmi Puja or Lakshmi Pooja and Kali Puja in temples. It is also known as Naraka Chaturdashi, Balipadyami, Dhanatravodashi, and Narakchaturdashi.
Diwali is the most important festival of the year for Hindus and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. According to one theory Diwali may have originated as a harvest festival, marking the last harvest of the year before winter. In an agrarian society this results in businessmen closing accounts, and beginning a new accounting year. The Goddess Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth in Hinduism) thanked and worshipped on this day and everyone prays for a good and prosperous year ahead. This is the common factor in Diwali celebrations all over the Indian subcontinent.
The impact was seen on Indian Stock Market BSE too. The BSE 30-share Sensex was up 174.41 points or 0.83%. BSE Sensex moved past the psychological 21,000 level and the 50-unit S&P CNX Nifty surged past the psychological 6,300 level at the onset of the special 45-minute Muhurat trading session being held today, 5 November 2010, to mark the begging of the Samavat Year 2067.
Deepawali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji. Diwali on the Square is a free annual celebration of Diwali in London’s Trafalgar Square. It is usually timed to be on a weekend shortly before or after the date of Diwali itself. In 2010 this event is on Sunday 31 October 2010 from 2pm to 7pm.
In United States of America, Barack Obama became the first president to personally attend Diwali at the White House in 2009. Indians in the US celebrate Diwali in different parts of the US, just as in India. The Diwali Mela in Cowboys Stadium boasted an attendance of 100,000 people in 2009. In 2009, San Antonio became the first U.S. city to sponsor an official Diwali celebration including a fireworks display and 5000 people in attendance. Obama will celebrate this year Diwali in India.