Deepavali or also known as the Festival of Light is celebrated by the Hindu devotees in Malaysia. It is celebrated to commemorate Lord Rama and his wife Sita’s return to Ayodhya after 14-years of exile. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
The event falls in the month named Kartika right before the new moon appears according to the lunar calendar.
Prior to the celebration, houses are decorated with various of lights and kolam is drawn at the front lawn with colourful rice. Hindu temples are also decorated with flowers and offerings are placed at altars.
On the morning of Deepavali, many Hindus take an oil bath made from sesame. Then they will dress nicely in their traditional suit and go to the temple for the prayers. After the ceremonial rites, they will go back home and start receiving the guests. They normally serve food such as sweetmeats, rice puddings, and murukku.
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Almost every mall and Hindu temple held an event to celebrate Deepavali in Johor.
The event doesn't have a fixed date annually since it follows Lunar Calendar. However, Deepavali always fall in October.
There is no charge for this event.