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Celebrating Diwali? Send an iReport
A neon sign celebrating Diwali 2012 hangs above Singapore's Little India district.
November 13th, 2012
09:21 AM ET

Celebrating Diwali? Send an iReport

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, begins on November 13 and is celebrated for several days afterward by millions of Hindus across the world as one of the most important events on their spiritual calendar.

The word Diwali itself means 'festival of lamps', because houses and public spaces are decorated with scores of small oil lamps in honor of the goddess Lakshmi, to whom Hindus pray to for success and wealth. Throughout the festival, families purchase new clothes and buy sweets and snacks for themselves, relatives and friends.

To commemorate Diwali, we want to see your best images of the most beautiful festival lights. Send them to CNN iReport.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Hinduism • Holidays • iReport

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  1. BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

    Salahfi is derived from Latin word selfish, a smelly doggy tradition of sel fish desert dwellers, goons or saken fe al-sahra'a, within the first four hundred years after the GAWD was buried in desert sand, illegality called Mecca.

    November 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  2. Sam Yaza

    Yeah Lakshmi

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbz53eFQtLI&w=640&h=390]

    i may not be Hindu but i love all the Goddesses♥♥♥

    November 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbz53eFQtLI&w=640&h=390]

      November 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      once more
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbz53eFQtLI

      November 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  3. Eliminate hinduism, illegality of religions to have, Skinah peace of heart , Islam among humanity

    Americans, goons, all, be a sals HFI, a new form of Is'Lambism, and be true goons, dump dogs, cats, aligators, wahhabi, ahmedi, suni, shie, ignorant.

    November 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  4. Eliminate hinduism, illegality of religions to have, Skinah peace of heart , Islam among humanity

    Party in celebration of hindu filthy festival of divali is being held in TEXAS on cow postures to honor hindu filthy three eyed god's of hindu's, ignorant s, a of curtsy ranchers of Texas,
    EVERY hINDU, FILTHY IS INVITED TO FEAST ON THEIR COW MAMAS DUNG AND GET HIGH ON THEIR COW MAMA'S URINE FREE OF CHARGE ALONG WITH hINDU FILTHY ANIMALS.

    November 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  5. Eliminate hinduism, illegality of religions to have, Skinah peace of heart , Islam among humanity

    worship, three eyed filthy salafhi beast, goon of Theen Allah, ignorant my mother from gutter of Baghdad, father, Doneky King, illegality called Makkah by Wahhabi drunks, or called Mecca by Anglish goons. To learn Salafhism, illegality of muslims, my clans, criminals please visit salafhisucks.com

    November 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

      hinduism, cow dung of a hindu, cow pea drinker.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    November 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      See prayer change me at prolapsed.net

      November 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • TrollAlert

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      "pervert alert" is the degenerate.

      This troll is not a christian.

      November 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.`. .

      November 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  7. Which God?

    Trolling idiot. Post your garbage somewhere else. Like Al-Jazeera.

    November 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  8. derp

    Don't these heathens know that god hates them and will banish them to hell for all eternity for not accepting jesus as their lord and saviour?

    God loves America, not Hindu's.

    November 13, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Satan is the best

      check out pics of "derp" and his dog, Jesus, at saladandchips.com.

      November 13, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

      Have no doubt Jesus ism is nothing else but hindu Mithra ism, savior ism, labeled as Christianity, handy work of hindu Jew's, filthy secular s to justify hinduism, racism. hindu gentile, ignorant slave.

      November 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Akira

      Hinduhater, are you affiliated with any religion, or are you just an equal-opportunity hater?

      November 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

      A Kira, I am a Pakistani muslim, with Punjabi Hindu run away father, I hate Hindus, Jews, obviously, and Christians, ignorant, I preach my version of Islam, truth absolute Theen GAWD, Sunni, Shia, Salafi, Ahmedis, they are all goons of Allah, denier of truth absolute GAWD, not GOD.

      November 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      Krishna/Vishnu/Shiva is just as valid as; Father/Son/Holy Ghost; who is just as valid as Mother/Daughter/Crone

      their is no such thing as Monotheism

      ps i love Lakshmi when i go out and buy some cloths and sweets i also do it for the homeless as an offering to Amaterasu
      its double goddess worship day

      November 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      no wait i worship three Goddesses to day because i'm helping make the life of one of Gaias children easier which is how you give offering to Gaia, and if i drink water to day their another Goddess worshiped right their.

      every day is a day to worship a Goddess weather you realize it or not

      November 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Akira

      Hinduhater, you have a propensity to randomly add a space where none is required.
      My name is Akira.

      November 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
  9. Satan is the best

    Also check out prolapsed.net, sponsored by the same anti Hindu group.

    November 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  10. Mohammad A Dar

    shut up you skunk, 100 times better than your exploding EID or IED, no one dies on Diwali, Christmas, or any other new years, but 100s of your kind die on EID, goon.

    November 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  11. Eliminate hinduism, illegality of religions to have, Skinah peace of heart , Islam among humanity

    A hindu, criminal deserves nothing else but IED, for peace, Islam among humanity, hindu ID thief.

    November 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  12. Mohammad A Dar

    keep celebrating IEDs with your donkeys, goon, no one deserves to die, not even Muslims, heading for mosques, you goon, your types, filthy dogs of fake prophet ism, called Salfhi ism, denier of GOD, not your goon GAWD, skunk, secular s, secular s, denier of truth absolute, not goon Theen Allah, ignorant low caste Hindu.

    November 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  13. BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

    hindu's, ID thief's hind hurts, cry baby cry.

    November 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm |

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