Talk:Diwali

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arya samaj - suriname[edit]

The arya samaj branch in suriname celebrates divali as the victory of good over evil. On this day, they keep fast on vegetarian food and dias are lighted while chanting the gayatri mantra. Practice is to keep one dia, which is of larger size with two wicks in opposing direction forming a cross while the other dias have one wick. The larger dia as a result has four candle lights in each direction (N,W<S<E) while the others have one. A dia is kept in every room except the bathroom and restroom. More dias are lit, which can be placed arbitrarily in the yard, livingroom etc.

Arya Samajis do not believe in idol worship and thus Lakshmi is not revered on this day, it is seen mostly as a day to celebrate victory of good over evil, light over darkness and a day to keep stock of harvest.

Tihar[edit]

@The China Room: Welcome to wikipedia. There is already a dedicated Tihar (festival) article, and a hat note on top of this article pointing to that article. The infobox, the lead and the main part of this article already mention Tihar of Nepal. There seems no persuasive reason to mix the terminology further in this article. Please explain your reasons, discuss this and gain consensus on this talk page per WP:BRD. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 13:26, 1 November 2016 (UTC)

Termology[edit]

The Tihar and Diwali are synonymously used in Nepal. Since, both are the Hindu festival of lights, they should be mixed together. Indeed, Tihar is already accepeted as a regional varient of Diwali in Nepal and North India. The different name for same festival should not create confusions and misunderstanding on wikipedia. Both Diwali and Tihar (festival) includes 'Deepawali' as an alternative name. Diwali is also within the Nepal scope article from start. We can also redirect Tihar, Deepawali and Diwali to new article - Diwali, Deepawali or Tihar and include all the headings of one another. Please do not revert my edit until the discussion is closed. (The China Room (talk))

@The China Room: There are similarities and there are differences between the two. They are not the same festival, just like Bandi Chor Divas and Diwali are not same, though they are celebrated on the same day and some similar festivities. We already have two articles, this and Tihar. Are you suggesting we delete the Tihar (festival) article and merge the two? Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 15:53, 1 November 2016 (UTC)

Merge[edit]

I propose to merge Diwali (Jainism) into this article since both are about same festival. -- Pankaj Jain Capankajsmilyo (talk · contribs · count) 08:14, 2 November 2016 (UTC)

Comment: The Diwali (Jainism) is almost entirely unsourced/OR, why merge? I checked Hermann Jacobi, for example, and can't find what the article alleges Jacobi states. @Capankajsmilyo: Why not improve the existing separate article first by deleting all content that fails WP:V in any RS, and adding summary from RS? To help you get started: Paul Dundas, Jeffery Long and others who have written on Jainism have a bit on Divali and Jainism. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 16:04, 2 November 2016 (UTC)
How about adding only what is sourced with RS to Diwali and making the Diwali (Jainism) a redirect. -- Pankaj Jain Capankajsmilyo (talk · contribs · count) 16:17, 2 November 2016 (UTC)
@Capankajsmilyo: First fix that article. Make it a stub if you need to. If you start improving that article, add more summary from WP:RS, those interested in considering your proposal may be better informed, before they vote for or against the proposed merger. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 17:05, 2 November 2016 (UTC)

Official Holiday in USA[edit]

Why didn't the information upadated as it is declared as official holiday in USA.--IM3847 (talk) 11:04, 17 November 2016 (UTC)

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