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In this session we will explore Diwali – a Hindu celebration celebrated around the world. Diwali. Diwali is one of the major holidays of the Hindu religion. …

The Sacred:

Exploring a variety of religious traditions and spiritual beliefs from around the world
Unitarian Universalists accept different faiths and beliefs. We believe we grow spiritually by exploring different religions. We believe that you should be free to believe what you want. We believe we learn from other peoples’ experiences and so can you.

In this session we will explore Diwali ­ a Hindu celebration celebrated around the world.

Diwali

Diwali is one of the major holidays of the Hindu religion. It is also called the "festival of light". Diwali means "row of lamps." Part of the celebration is to burn tiny clay lamps called diyas. The lamps are lit to drive away darkness and ignorance and as a symbol to the light within us. Diwali is a time of family gatherings, food celebration and puja (worship). Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world. Worldwide – about 950 million people are Hindu ­ that’s three times the population of the United States! Most Hindus live in India and Nepal. Hindus believe in one god but pray to gods and goddesses who represent different parts (like beauty, truth, fortune) of that one god. Some have said that the Hinduism is the religion of 330 million gods. This is because they believe that each of us has god in us so we are all gods and goddesses.


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