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Diwali

[ dih-wah-lee, ‐vah‐, duh‐ ]
/ dɪˈwɑ li, ‐ˈvɑ‐, də‐ /
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noun

the Hindu festival of lights, celebrated as a religious holiday throughout India, falling between mid-October and mid-November.

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Also Di·va·li, De·wa·li .
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Diwali
/ (dɪˈwɑːlɪ) /

noun

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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