October 21, 2014

Infographic: Happy Diwali!

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INDIAN GIRL LIGHTS A DEEPAWALI LAMP IN AHMEDABADWhile called the “Festival of Lights,” Diwali is most importantly a day to become aware of one’s “inner light.” In Hindu philosophy there is an idea of “Atman,” something beyond the body and mind which is pure, infinite and eternal. Today is a celebration of “good” versus “evil”; A day when the light of higher knowledge dispels ignorance. With this awakening comes compassion and joy.

The background story and practices vary region to region. Many people celebrate by lighting fireworks and sharing sweets and candies. Diwali is a holiday celebrated across a vast array of countries and religions. It is celebrated in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji, by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists.

This informative infographic is from 2012, but I like the information about Diwali it provides and thought of sharing.

Namaste!

Michael

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Source: Metal Gaia, Happy Diwali!, November 13, 2012, http://metal-gaia.com/2012/11/13/happy-diwali/.

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  1. […] Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated every year, that signifies the victory of good versus evil. Diwali is symbolised by bright lights and ritualistic patterns across India. People clean and decorate their homes and offices before the festival. Diwali is also known as the festival of lights. Although the dates vary each year and are never exact, Diwali is usually always celebrated between mid October and Mid November, over a five day festive period. It is a very important festival for the Hindu religion. The following infographic , although an old one from 2012, is a nice, bright and visual representation of this beautiful and colourful festival from Data Viz […]

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