Diwali and Vaisakhi
Celebrations of the Hindu and the Sikh
Diwali is the Hindu Festival of light. It celebrates the beginning of the Hindu new year. It also celebrates good over evil. The celebration takes place on October 23rd. The festival is celebrated with giving of gifts, strings of light, firecrackers, and fireworks.
Before Diwali people clean, decorate, and renovate their homes. On Diwali people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit. It is India's largst and most important holiday. Diwali has become a national festival that most Indians practice regardless of their religion.
Vaisakhi is a holiday celebrating the Sikh's new year. During Vaisakhi the holy book is read and people bring money for donation. The Sikhs receive Karah Parshad which is blessed food. The holiday is celebrated with a prayer and is closely followed by a beautiful, big, colorful street parade.
Vaisakhi is especially celebrated in the Punjab region. The main part of the festival takes place at Talwandi Sabo. The festival also celebrates the beginning of the harvest season. People wear festive garments, worship, and dance. Men dance the Bhangar and women dance the Gidda.