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South Africa: Diwali NOT a Public Holiday

Diwali the festival of light is a five-day Hindu celebration that is held annually globally welcoming light over darkness. This year Hindus will be observing Diwali on 14 November 2020, this special Hindu festival is not a public holiday in South Africa. The south Indian Deepavali festival is also celebrated on this day in 2020.

The five days of Diwali and what they mean,

The second day on November 13, 2020, is known as Naraka Chaturdasi or Chhoti Diwali (small Diwali). “Naraka” means hell and “Chaturdashi” means the 14th day of a lunar fortnight on the Hindu calendar. Goddess Kali and Lord Krishna are believed to have destroyed the demon Narakasura on this day. In 2020, Naraka Chaturdasi overlaps with Amavasya and falls on the same day, on November 14.

The first day of the festival of light kicks off on November 12, 2020, this day is known as Dhanteras. “Dhan” means wealth and “teras” refers to the 13th day of a lunar fortnight on the Hindu calendar.

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In celebration of the launch of the online Apple store in India, the tech giant has a special offer for Indian tech consumers. Apple has announced that it will be offering free Apple AirPods with the purchase of the iPhone 11. 

A notification update on the Apple Store read, “Get AirPods when you buy an iPhone 11. Our Diwali offer begins 17.10.20.” The company has confirmed that the iPhone 11 buyers will get a free Apple AirPods and the offer is set to begin on October 17. However, the company has also clearly mentioned that the offer is applicable subject to availability.

The third day of Diwali is on November 14, 2020 is the new moon day or Amavasya. This is the darkest day of the month which is the most significant day of the Diwali festival in north and west India. Lakshmi is worshipped on this day, with a special puja performed in the evening. The south Indian Deepavali festival is also celebrated on this day in 2020.

The fourth day- November 15, 2020, has various meanings across India. In north India, Govardhan Puja is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna defeated Indra, the god of thunder and rain while in Gujarat, it’s celebrated as the start of a new year.

The fifth day – November 16, 2020 is known as Bhai Duj. For more Diwali shopping, Indian fairs and special offers for the Hindu Festival of light, tap here

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