Diwali is an Indian celebration of the triumph of good over evil. It's also called the Festival of Lights, referring to the inner light in each person. It's origins can be traced back more than 2,000 years, to famous defeats by magistrates over enemies, and a great many legends. For many religions, it signifies the beginning of a new year. It is often used as the beginning of many things, like business ventures, personal projects, and financial dealings. It's celebrated boisterously, with shopping, flowers, new clothes, gift exchanges among friends, musical and artistic performances, and prayers. Most important is the visiting of family, and friends. Homes are lit with candles and lamps, thoroughly cleaned and aired out, and people will visit back and forth. Sweets are freely handed out, and are a large part of the tradition. The new clothes are very ornamental, bright, and colorful for everyone, but especially women.
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Diwali is a Malaysian festival. The Diwali festival is a public holiday celebrated by all people in Malaysia, especially the Chinese and the Malaysian people living in Malaysia. Its origins come from India. It is celebrated by visiting temples and praying at household alters. http://www.diwalifestival.org/diwali-in-malaysia.html
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There are three reasons to celebrate Diwali.
1. Triumph over good over evil - Ram, the Indian God ascended to throne this day by defeating demon king Ravan.
2. New Year for Indian business communities - These communities worship Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and consider this day very auspicious. Some people do "mahurat" or auspicious trading across stock exchanges in India. The shops are open during this day.
3. Farmers harvest Rice crops in India - The rural India which grows rice from June to Oct - harvest their field and feel "rich". They buy new clothes, prepare sweets, light diyas (earthern lamps) and distribute sweets. They also donate money/sweets and other items to the poor and needy.