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Temporary Lives Photo
Photographer: Jaana Tihtonen


What is Diwali?

In the play Temporary Lives there is a happy scene where the characters are celebrating Diwali. But what is Diwali?

 Photo by Priyambada Nath / Flickr

It is a celebration of light, occurring around October or November according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar. It lasts for five days and marks the victory of light over darkness as well as good over evil. It's an important Hindu festival which people celebrate in many different ways. The rituals of Diwali vary, but most importantly people light lamps or candles and get together with their family to start a new year.

In many ways it resembles the Finnish way of celebrating New Year - you get together with your loved ones at the darkest time of the year, shoot fireworks and greet the upcoming year with joy.

Photo by Anthony Cramp / Flickr

We hope you can sense the warmth of Diwali in our play!

Text by: Vuokko Hangaslahti

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