known as Diwali) is celebrated universally by Hindus and is observed
as a public holiday in Malaysia. This festival falls between the
month of October and November, the fourteenth day of the Tamil month
of Aipasi. It is also known to many as the Festival of Lights.
The word “Deepavali” derives from the combination of the words
‘Dipa’ and ‘Gavali’, the former meaning ‘light’ and the latter
meaning ‘a row’. Thus symbolising the rows of lights that can be
seen at the houses of Hindu celebrants. As light dispels darkness,
this festival symbolises the victory of good over evil.
At the dawn of Deepavali, Hindus perform the ritual oil bath which
signifies a cleansing of the body and soul. Following this symbolic
rite in purification which marks a new beginning, devotees visit the
temple where shrines of Hindu deities are encircled with flower
Decorating a Kolam
The entrances of
Hindu homes are decorated with the ‘kolam’, an intricate floral
design on the ground which signifies religious believes. This
religious connotation, revolves around the Goddess of Wealth, the
deity Lakshimi. Many believe that the Goddess Lakshimi would only
enter a home with a ‘kolam’ at the entrance.
Hari Raya Aidil Fitri Celebration
Mid-Autumn / Mooncake Festival
Wesak Day Celebration
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