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Deepavali Festival of lights

The festival of lights is celebrated with thousands of oil lamps lighting up the night, spectacular fireworks and delicious sweets. The festival falls in the Malayalam month of Thulam (October - November). Astrologically, on Deepavali day, the sun moves into the Zodiac sign Libra that signifies commerce. Therefore, Deepavali is considered auspicious for the merchant community.

According to mythology, Deepavali is celebrated to commemorate the victory of Krishna over the demon Narakasura. There is much celebration all over the country marked by lighting of oil lamps, fireworks and distribution of sweets.

In Sri Lanka Deepavali is celebrated by the Hindus and is a time of festivity. Children enjoy this day receiving gifts from relatives.

Traditionally, celebrations in Kerala are on a low key as there aren't too many merchant/business families. But in pockets of prominent Tamil, Bengali or other north Indian communities, it is celebrated with zest.

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