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From: 2014.10.26 To: 2014.10.26
This joyous festival with many names (Diwali, Divali, Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights) and many traditions is like Christmas, New Year’s Eve and bonfire night rolled into one. The five-day Hindu fest commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over the evil deity Ravana and the hero's return to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile. In addition, the festival ushers in the Hindu New Year and honors Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and success. Rows of twinkling candles and lamps are placed inside and outside every house to show Rama the way home as well as to greet Lakshmi and to signify the triumph of light over darkness. People traditionally exchange gifts, buy new clothes and jewelry, clean and decorate their homes, burst firecrackers and stuff themselves silly with sweets. Mumbai has its own share of traditional celebrations and hosts a massive fireworks display – in 2010, even Barack Obama dropped by!