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[dih-wah-lee] /dɪˈwɑ li/
the Hindu festival of lights, celebrated as a religious holiday throughout India in mid-November.
Also, Dewali, Divali. Unabridged
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  • I have [an adopted] daughter from India who has a very distinct Hindu tradition, one that we would celebrate during Diwali.

    Mormons Rock! Walter Kirn June 5, 2011
  • In 2007, when Congress overwhelmingly passed a resolution recognizing the Hindu and Sikh festival of Diwali, Jindal abstained.

British Dictionary definitions for Diwali


a major Hindu religious festival, honouring Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Held over the New Year according to the Vikrama calendar, it is marked by feasting, gifts, and the lighting of lamps
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Contemporary definitions for Diwali

the Hindu festival of lights, an important four-day celebration in October or November that commemorates the beginning of winter; also written Divali ; also called Dewali , Deepawali

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Sanskrit dipavali'a row of lights''s 21st Century Lexicon
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