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You might have heard of India’s “festival of lights” known as Diwali. Many photos show people who celebrate by holding colourful lanterns, or lighting candles. But what exactly is the festival celebrating? What do the lights symbolise?  This year’s Diwali festival is coming up on Monday, October 24, and if you have Indian friends, it might be helpful to understand why this holiday is so special to them. The five-day festival is celebrated by Indians of many faiths, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists. Diwali’s origin story is different between these religious groups, however, the common thread of the stories […]

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