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The Hindu community of Benalmádena celebrated Diwali, its festival of lights

The Hindu community has celebrated one of the most important holidays on its calendar: Diwali, which is the Hindu festival of light. It symbolizes the light that wins over darkness and is the beginning of the Hindu New Year also known as Deepavali.

Diwali commemorates the death of the demon Narakasura at the hands of Krishnaand the liberation of sixteen thousand maidens who were held by him. It also celebrates the return to the city of Ayodhyā of Prince Rāma after his victory over Rāvaṇa, king of the demons. According to legend, the inhabitants of the city filled the walls and roofs with lamps so that Rāma could easily find his way. Lord Rāma returned home after 14 years, after rescuing his wife Sita – an avatar of the goddess Lakshmi – from the demon king Ravana. He kidnapped Sita, but Rāma found them and defeated the devil by shooting a golden arrow at him.

This year, it has a very special meaning, since many people have been away from their families for longer than they would have liked due to the pandemic and precisely because of this the celebration this year of the triumph of light over the darkness and good over evil. Diwali dates are based on the Hindu lunar calendar. This year, Diwali ran from November 2 to 6, with the main celebration day being November 4.

Representatives of the local government attended this celebration and the mayor, Víctor Navas, highlighted that Benalmádena is a cosmopolitan city that brings together 123 nationalities and different religious confessions, being an example of coexistence and harmony for the rest of the world.

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