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My First Diwali (India Week #032)

Adventures of an American Traveler

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller

Diwali, the festival of lights, is a five day festival and THE big holiday in India, at least, it is THE big holiday in Maharashtra, the Indian state in which I live. I think the importance of the holiday extends to most all points in India but can’t say for sure. Many of my colleagues take extended vacations so they can head back to their native places and visit with family. In this respect, it is similar to Christmas in the US without the over the top commercialization. There is some commercialization but not nearly as crass as Christmas in the US. Also similar to Christmas is the hanging of lights at homes and in business establishments. The lights give the holiday a festive feel which…

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