"Deepavali" Malaysia Local Custom Tip by dragontml

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Deepavali or Diwali means "a row of lights".

In Malaysia, it is celebrated as the day the evil Narakasura was slain by Lord Krishna. The triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.

Getting up early before sunrise, oil is applied on heads and a bath is taken. This ritual oil bath is known as "ganga-snanam" and is done to cleanse one of the impurities of the past year. Prayers are held at the family altar, after which the family gathers before the elders to receive their blessings.

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  • Updated Jan 8, 2004
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