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Significance & meaning of Diwali
Meaning and Rituals of Diwali Diwali is celebrated with a variety of rituals, which depend in large part on one's location, but they center on the lighting of candles, electric lights and fireworks. The “row of lights” for which the festival is named are lit on the new-moon night to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. But in Bengal, it is the goddess Kali who is so honored, and in North India the festival also celebrates the return of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanuman to the city of Ayodhya, where Rama's rule of righteousness was inaugurated.Throughout the five-day festival, small earthenware lamps filled with oil are lighted and placed in rows along the tops of temples and houses and set adrift on rivers and streams. Gambling is encouraged during the Diwali season as a way of ensuring good luck for the coming year and in remembrance of the games of dice played by the Lord Shiva and Parvati on Mount Kailasa or between Radha and Krishna. In honour of Lakshmi, the female player always wins during Diwali. The fourth day the main day of Diwali and the beginning of the lunar month of Karttika marks the beginning of the new year according to the Vikrama calendar. On this day, merchants perform religious ceremonies and open new account books. It is generally a time for visiting, exchanging gifts, cleaning and decorating houses, feasting, setting off fireworks displays, and wearing new clothes.
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ISSA Diwali Celebration 2015: November 14 (Tickets purchased through Indian stores and board members)

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When: November 14 Where: Catalina Foothills High School, Choir Auditorium Time: 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm - Registration, Social hour, Mehndi, Photobooth, Indian Jewellery Stall 5:30 pm - Seating and Sponsor recognition 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Community Performances 8:00 pm onwards - Dinner 9:00 pm onwards - DJ & dancing Community Performances: Participation in the cultural performances is open to ISSA Members and their families. Basic rules for the performance entries: 1. Solo performances is 3 minutes and group performances is 6 minutes. Currently all performance entries are closed and completed audition. Photo Booth: Get a head start on your Holiday Portraits By Harminer Phull Package #1 - $25.00 - Includes 8"x10'(1), 5"x7"(2), 4 Wallet Size (All photographs will be from the same pose.) Package #2 - $45.00 - Includes all items from Package #1 above plus a CD containing the photographs. Additional pictures: 8"X10" $20 each & 5"X7" $15 each . Following competitions are not open to ISSA Board Members and their families. The winners will be decided by ISSA Board Member panel. Rangoli Competition: Let us get our color palette together to capture the bright colors around us. As most of you might know, Rangoli is our cherished folk art. Typically consisting of bright colors, Rangoli is a decorative design many are accustomed to as part of some of our major festivals in India. Your authentic designs are welcome for us to judge and of course you are allowed to ask Google ji for details on Rangoli history and patterns. Best Dressed Man, Woman and male and female kid: Come dressed in your best Indian dress for this competition! Participants should be dressed in a traditional Indian dress e.g. Saree/Salwar for woman and Kurtha/Pyjama for men or other traditional dress from any part of India. The winners should not be related to each other. Ticket Prices: Members Non-Members Adult $20 $30 Kids /UFA Students $15 $15 Kids 5 and under are free Tickets are available for sale in local Indian stores and through board members : India Dukaan (520-321-0408) Namaste Shopping Center (520-795-1137) Yogi's India Cafe & Market (520-303-3525) Contact: Asha Mony (520) 909-7626 monyasha@yahoo.com if you have any questions.