Karthigai Deepam is a festival of lights that has been celebrated across Tamil Nadu during the month Karthigai for over 2000 years. It is actually an extension of Deepavali which happened earlier. It occurs during our November or December and is named for the constellation Karthigai and lights, or Deepam, which is an auspicious symbol in India. Lighting the lamps is believed to bring prosperity and happiness as well as to ward off evil spirits.
To celebrate this festival, people light lamps in their homes and make them visible in the windows and on balconies. People draw kolams (geometric designs drawn in chalk) outside their front door. Often they place one or two lamps on it. Lamps can be seen up and down every street.
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