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    Posted November 16, 2012 by
    Karachi, Pakistan
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    CNN celebrates ... Diwali

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    Hindus Community Celebrates Diwali in Karachi.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     KazmiSahib captured these photos of the Diwali celebration in Karachi, Pakistan, on Wednesday, Novemeber 14. "Everyone was happy, distributing sweets, doing prayer of Lukshmi Devi, and enjoying fireworks," he says. "Me and my Hindu friends celebrated it for six to seven hours. What was most special to me was the happiness and joy on everyones faces."
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    Pakistani Hindu community living in Karachi celebrates their festival Diwali, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.

    Deepawali or Diwali is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It's the festival of lights that's marked by four days of celebration, which literally illumines the country with its brilliance, and dazzles all with its joy. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is separated by a different tradition, but what remains true and constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness.

    Historically, the origin of Diwali can be traced back to ancient India, when it was probably an important harvest festival. However, there are various legends pointing to the origin of Diwali or 'Deepawali.' Some believe it to be the celebration of the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. Whereas in Bengal the festival is dedicated to the worship of Mother kali, the dark goddess of strength. Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed God, the symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom, is also worshiped in most Hindu homes on this day. In Jaisism, Deepawali has an added significance to the great event of Lord Mahavira attaining the eternal bliss of nirvana. Diwali also commemorates the return of Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman from his fourteen year long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas (oil lamps) and burst crackers.
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