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Diwali 2014: Hindus, Sikhs & Jains Celebrate Festival Of Light

23/10/2014 12:38 BST | Updated 23/10/2014 12:59 BST

Hindus, Jains and Sikhs will today celebrate the festival of lights, Diwali.

The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit deepavali, which means a row of lights.

The festival of Diwali symbolises the victory of light over dark, good over evil and knowledge over darkness.

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Fireworks, candles and lanterns are used to brighten up the skies and cows, thought to be a reincarnation of the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.

Even dogs join the in the fun, receiving garlands of marigolds and dustings of petals as thanks for providing security.

The start of a new year in the traditional Hindu calendar, it also marks the start of a new business year in the accounting world. Some historians believe the five day celebration performs a kind of harvest festival function, celebrating the end of a fruitful season.

It’s traditional to gamble on Diwali, as legend as it that Lady Parvati played dice with her husband Lord Shiv on this day. Gamble on Diwali and you will be rewarded have luck throughout the year.

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