The Festival of Lights is celebrated today across Kerala and Tamil Nadu in South India as well as the rest of the country. Deepavali, the original name for this festival came from the words deepa that means light and vali that means row. The name literally means row of lights. The name was shortened to Diwali by Hindi speakers in north India.
Deepavali symbolizes a culture that values knowledge over ignorance, light over darkness and goodness over evil. Today it symbolizes hope, friendship and the joy of life. It is a time for friendship and sharing. Even though this is a cultural holiday, Goddess Lakshmi is the main deity who brings wealth and prosperity to every home.
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I wish you Happy Deepavali with best wishes for a prosperous year.
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