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Is Diwali an Indian Halloween?

October 18, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 12   Category: Others  Earning $0.10   Views: 3082

Diwali is an Indian festival of new costumes and distribution of sweets. Halloween is a festival of the western world celebrated with costumes and candies or sweets.Some say that Diwali is an Indian Halloween. But they have different purposes and significances.

         

Diwali is celebrated by Hindus not only in India but all over the world. Halloween is celebrated mostly in the western world. Sweets and costumes have a great part in both. Both are connected with night activities. American television comedy series called Diwali tries to connect Diwali and Halloween. Although they have some similarities they have fundamental differences in them.

Diwali commemorating victory over evil

Diwali literally means "the festival of lights". It commemorates victory over evil. Though they are various legends about Diwali, Lord Rama's victory over the demon king Ravana and his triumphant return to his capital Ayothi is considered as the theme of Diwali. This victory is celebrated in North India with an attractive display of lights. The ancient epic Ramayana narrates the story of Lord Rama and his victory in his battle of Dharma.

In South India they have a different version of Diwali based on another epic called Mahabharata. According to this epic, the Pandavas got victory over the Kauravas in their battle for Dharma and this victory is commemorated on "Kartik Amavasya" (new moon day that occurs in the months of October-November).

Diwali is also celebrated as Kali Puja in northeast parts of India, especially in Bengal. It is observed on the new moon day night between October and November when the souls of the dead people are believed to visit the earth. Goddess Kali who holds control over evil spirits is worshipped on this day with rituals.

Halloween, the commemoration of spirits

Halloween celebrated on 31st October also has connection with spirits and life after death. The Christians celebrate All Saints Day on 1 November and All Souls Day on 2 November. This has much influence over the Halloween Day which literally means "All Hallows Evening". "Hallows" means departed souls or saints. Halloween Day is observed with scary costumes of supernatural figures such as devils, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, and witches.

Both festivals entertain children

Children go from house to house asking, "Trick or treat" and collecting candies. This has more fun than any religious significance.
Both Diwali and Halloween are festivals of delight for children. They enjoy eating sweets. They enjoy in various ways by having fun, new dress and candies. Every festival aims at enjoying together and social interaction.




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