On 1st December 2012, the city of Batam will celebrate the peak of one of the most important festivals in the Hindu Calendar : Deepavali at the Engku Putri Batam Square.
Deepavali (also: Depawali, Dipavali, Dewali, Diwali, Divali, Dipotsavi, Dipapratipad ) marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year according to the Lunar Calendar.Literally translated it means 'Row of Lights' (from Sanskrit dipa meaning lamp and awali meaning row or line), thus it is also known as “The festival of lights”. It celebrates the victory of Goodness over Evil and Light over Darkness - and ushers in the New Year.
For Hindus, Deepavali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated within the family by holding traditional activities together in the home. For Jains, Deepavali marks the attainment of Moksha or Nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC. For Arya Samajists, they celebrate this day as the Anniversary of the death of Swami Dayanand Saraswati. They also celebrate this day as Shardiya Nav-Shasyeshti.
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