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Rohit Umarjikar

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 3:52 am    Post subject: Wish you all a very happy Diwali!
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Diwali is one of the largest and brightest festivals in India. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

Diwali was first celebrated in the White House in 2003 and was given official status by the United States Congress in 2007 by former president George W. Bush. Barack Obama became the first president to personally attend Diwali at the White House in 2009. On the eve of his first visit to India as the president of United States, Obama released an official statement sharing best wishes with "those celebrating Diwali".

The Diwali Mela in Cowboys Stadium boasted an attendance of 100,000 people in 2009. In 2009, San Antonio became the first U.S. city to sponsor an official Diwali celebration including a fireworks display; in 2012, over 15,000 people attended.In 2011, The Pierre in New York City, now operated by Tata Group's Taj Hotels, hosted its first Diwali celebration.There are about 3 million Hindus in the United States.

Happy Diwali!!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:16 pm    Post subject:
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Rohit – Thank you for telling us ignorant readers what Diwali stands for. I had never heard the term before. It certainly seems to be something worth celebrating!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:53 pm    Post subject:
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Thank you for telling us ignorant readers what Diwali stands for.


Speak for yourself.

Thanks to a big population of Indian expats, there is every year a big celebration of Diwali in my town (Amstelveen, Netherlands). With lots of food, drinks, shows etc.
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Steve, I am wishing you this Diwali that in next Diwali you may experience and celebrate this festival in "The Univervse" and we have a big celebration here in NY tomorrow and in my office as well with lots of food,drinks and events.
PeterHolland is already having a fun. icon_cool.gif

I wish you all the forum members a Warm and Prosperous Diwali!!.
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PeterHolland is already having a fun.


Sure.

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Warm and Prosperous Diwali!


Thanks, and the same for you.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:21 am    Post subject:
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Hi, im just curious, dewali diwali deepawali, is it all the same?

Anyways, Happy Diwali!
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Yes all are the same..
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Rohit, here you can find some pics :

http://www.diwalifestival.nl/en/diwali/17-photo_galery

http://www.dichtbij.nl/amstelland/fotos/fotoreportage/9568/diwali-festival.aspx
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Thanks Peter, Pics looks Great!! College crowd.
Let me see if I can share some pics today. Did you get chance to had some Diwali Snacks/Sweets out there?
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Rohit, i do eat everything.
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Wow!! Nice to know that. I hope other experts too have the same experience as you do as these snacks/sweets are very special and seasonal.
Also if you Google "Diwali Fireworks in New Jersey" then you would see video's and the Crowd is just unbelivable. It is just amazing and thrilling and it gives the same feeling as if you are in your own country and I too sparked some crackers this time. icon_smile.gif
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