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Sri Lanka map
Area (sq km): 64,740
Population: 20,064,776
Nationality: Sri Lankan
Local Name: Sri Lanka
Language: Sinhala,
Tamil,
English
Time Zone: +5.5 GMT
Currency: 1 rupee = 100 cents
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Colombo
Dialling Code: +94
Electricity: 230V/50Hz
Internet Code: .lk
Religion: Buddhist,
Muslim,
Hindu
Climate: Tropical Monsoon,
Equatorial
Government: Republic
Inoculations: None
Driving: Left
Int'l License: Required
Banking: M-F 9.00-15.00
Major Airports: Colombo(CMB)

Deepavali from Sri Lanka villas

Known as Deepavali (and Diwali in India) this celebration is also known as Festival of Lights in Sri Lanka. Consider booking Sri Lanka villas near Hindu areas in Sri Lanka now, to enjoy the magical soft glow of candles and lamps for Deepavali.

Deepavali Festival of Lights
Deepavali Festival of Lights

Atman & Brahman

The Hindu faith celebrates the day that good triumphed over evil and the shadows of the nether world were erased from this world forever. Deepavali is also the day that the Hindus recognise and celebrate their Inner Light (Atman) and Reality (Brahman). Search for Sri Lanka villas with VillasPeople.com to begin planning your holiday in magical Sri Lanka.

The origins of this celebration are up for debate, but this day is used to pay homage to Lord Mahabali, the Goddess Lakshimi and Lord Ganesha. Deepavali is widely recognised in India and Sri Lanka. In Northern India it is known as Diwali. In southern India it is called Deepavali, from which Sri Lanka’s Deepavali derives its names.

Deepavali new clothes

While Deepavali in India is now more of a national holiday, in Sri Lanka it is still closely associated with the Tamil Hindus. For the Tamil community in Sri Lanka, Deepavali is a much anticipated event that the Tamils prepare for some time in advance. Many Deepavali traditions remain intact, while the Tamils have added their own unique twist. During the Deepavali celebrations the Tamils wear new clothes. They also use Deepavali as an opportunity to exchange gifts with friends and family.

Deepavali lamps

Deepavali is also called the Festival of Lights. The Deepavali lamps centre on the idea of celebrating the triumph of good and the expulsion of evil spirits and shadows. For five days towards the end of October or beginning of November, the Hindu people of Sri Lanka light earthen Deepavali lamps and candles as a sign of hope to the future.

Many great meals are prepared and fireworks pop and bang into glorious balls of light. On this religious holiday friends and family come together to share in food and gifts and to celebrate the goodness in all people and all things. Experience the magic of Deepavali, the Festival of Lights, from Sri Lanka villas.

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