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Holi

An ancient Hindu festival - Holi heralds the arrival of Spring after Winter. A festival celebrated as gratitude for good harvest. It signifies the victory of good over evil and is celebrated as a day of spreading togetherness, happiness and love. Holika Dahan also Kamudu pyre is celebrated by burning Holika, an asura. For many traditions in Hinduism, Holi celebrates the killing of Holika by Vishnu in order to save Prahlad, a devotee of God Vishnu in the city of Multan Pakistan, and thus Holi gets its name

Diwali

One of the most significant festivals in Indian culture, Deepawali; A Festival of Lights is celebrated graciously all over the country. It is characterised by prayers to Laxmi; Goddess of Wealth, Ganesh; God of new Beginnings, Sarwati; Goddess of Wisdom, burning of firework as celebratory events for our Hindu New Year begining. We also pray for a bountiful and flourishing business. It is believed that Goddess Laxmi roams the earth on this day and enters houses which are pure, clean and bright giving blessing of health, wealth and prosperity.

The main theme which runs throughout is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil as it celebrates the return of Lord Rama after 14 years of exile and victourios over evil.

To celebrate, houses are decorated with candles and colourful lights and huge firework displays are held while families feast and share gifts.

Lohri

The ancient significance of this festival is a celebration for harvest of the winter crop and a remembrance of the Sun deity (Surya). Celebrated largely in Punjab as Lohri or Pongal in the South its celebratory vibes of dance and music and merry are enjoyed in every farmers house. Lohri songs are a favorite and many gather around singing and feasting. We also thank the Indian Sun god for heat and for his return. Other legends explain the celebration as a folk reverence for fire (Agni) or the goddess of Lohri.

Christmas

Christmas is celebrated to in memory of the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God. The name 'Christmas' comes from the Mass of Christ (or Jesus). This colorful festival of offering prayers and sharing a feast with the highlight of Santa Claus giving gifts to children is a joyous occassion for all and celebrated all over.