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December 10, 2019

Deepavali: the Hindu Festival of Lights

Union Ministers Dr. Win Myat Aye and Thura U Aung Ko, and officials formally open the Deepavali festival outside the Yangon City Hall on 11 November, 2018. Photo: MNA
Union Ministers Dr. Win Myat Aye and Thura U Aung Ko, and officials formally open the Deepavali festival outside the Yangon City Hall on 11 November, 2018. Photo: MNA

Deepavali is celebrated across the countries in the world including Fiji, Guyana, Pakistan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Singapore and Sri Lanka, but is largely marked in India and Nepal because of largely Hindu populations. Hindu Deepavali: Festival is somewhat like Myanmar
Thadingyut Festival; they symbolize” the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.” Light is a metaphor for knowledge and conscience.
During the celebrations, temples, homes , shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated. In the lead-up to Deepavali:, the celebrants will prepare by cleaning , renovating and decorating their homes and workplaces. During the climax, the revelers themselves adorn in their finest clothes, worship to Lakshmi, the goddess of property and wealth, light fireworks and partake in family feasts. The date of Deepavali: is variable so is the Thadingyut festival; Diwali festival lasts five days whereas the Thadingyut festival, only three days.
In lead-up to the Thadingyut Festival, celebrants are kept busy making a lot of hot air balloons and lighting in every street and road which is brightly illuminated and revelers send one hot air balloon after another into the sky through rapturous applauses. This year, Deepavali: will be celebrated on Sunday, 27 October, 2019. In some states, Diwali 2019 will be held on Monday, 28 October whereas the Thadingyut Festival was held on 13 October. During the Thadingyut occasion , you wish all a peaceful and happy Thadingyut! Myanmar Thadingyut Festival is also known as a lighting Festival in the country.
In conclusion, Myanmar and India have a lot of common things: we were under the British rule and India gained in 1947 and Myanmar in 1948.
Thadingyut and Deepavali: lighting festivals: the former was held on 13 October, the latter will be celebrated on Sunday, 27 October,2019.

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