by Caryl Teh
Deepavali is the Festival of Lights. Before we jump into 10 mouth-watering quiz questions on the Deepavali sweets, here’s 3 facts you may not have known about this festival.
1. What are we celebrating?
Deepavali celebrates many things. It celebrates, among many things, (1) the Hindu New Year; (2) the harvest festivals in several areas of ancient India; and (3) the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, & knowledge over ignorance.
2. It’s not just a 1-day celebration
Deepavali is actually celebrated for 5 days! The height of the festival is the 3rd day, coinciding with the darkest day in the Hindu lunar calendar of the month “Karitka”. And on the 5th day, a special feast called Bhai Dooj is observed to celebrate brothers – sisters pray for a long and prosperous life for their brothers, and brothers give gifts to their sisters.
3. Dealing it
During Deepavali, what activity is believed to bring you good luck for the year ahead? Not baking cakes, not cleaning your house, not donating to charity, not hugging someone who is sad, but playing cards.
4. What’s in a name?
Kolam is a form of drawing that is drawn using coloured rice, flour, and chalk powder. It has different names in different Indian regions – it is called Aripan in Mithila, Hase and Rangoli in Kannada in Karnataka, and Munggulu in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana. It is a must-do tradition during Deepavali, and if you’d like to get in on the action, you can check out a quick & easy guide by one of our very own YTL colleagues here.
To all our Malaysian friends, Happy Deepavali!
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