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Essay On Superstitions In Punjabi Diwali

Dimanche 4 mars s'est tenue la compétiton régionale apnée organisée sur le Comité FFESSM Pyrénées-Méditerranée : une ambiance chaleureuse et de beaux résultats.
Bravo à Pascal Solana pour son excellent travail organisation !

Merci à Walter Roque pour la qualité de sa formation de juges, et l'expérience qu'il sait apporter à une telle compétition, aux 20 juges et autres bénévoles qui ont rendu cette journée possible et agréable et bravo aux compétiteurs pour leurs belles performances et le bon esprit sportif qui ont su apporter à ce moment important d'apnée.

Merci au club du Galathéa de Saint-Gaudens pour son accueil convivial et sa logistique généreuse ainsi qu'au Maire de la commune grace à qui la compétion a pu avoir lieu, nous évitant ainsi l'annulation de dernière minute. Toute l'équipe d'organisation a été honnorée de sa présence, ainsi que celle de l'Adjoint au Sport de la ville, qui sont venus offrir et remettre des coupes aux vainqueurs du Combiné.

Stéphane Caumartin, Président de la CR Apnée

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Diwali

Find the date for Diwali 2014 in the multifaith calendar

Diwali, the Festival of Light, comes at the end of October or early November. It's a festival that Sikhs, Hindus and Jains celebrate.

Diwali for Sikhs

For Sikhs, Diwali is particularly important because it celebrates the release from prison of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind, and 52 other princes with him, in 1619.

Guru Hargobind - mid-19th century miniature from Punjab ©

The Sikh tradition holds that the Emperor Jahangir had imprisoned Guru Hargobind and 52 princes. The Emperor was asked to release Guru Hargobind which he agreed to do. However, Guru Hargobind asked that the princes be released also. The Emperor agreed, but said only those who could hold onto his cloak tail would be allowed to leave the prison. This was in order to limit the number of prisoners who could leave.

However, Guru Hargobind had a cloak made with 52 pieces of string and so each prince was able to hold onto one string and leave prison.

Sikhs celebrated the return of Guru Hargobind by lighting the Golden Temple and this tradition continues today.

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The Festival of Lights

The name of the festival comes from the Sanskrit word dipavali, meaning row of lights.

Diwali is known as the 'festival of lights' because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called Diyas. These lamps, which are traditionally fueled by mustard oil, are placed in rows in windows, doors and outside buildings to decorate them.

In towns in India (and in Britain) electric lights are often used in Diwali displays.

In India oil lamps are often floated across the river Ganges - it is regarded as a good omen if the lamp manages to get all the way across.

Fireworks are also a big part of the Diwali celebrations, although some Sikhs prefer not to use them because of noise, atmospheric pollution and the risk of accidental deaths and injuries.

Like Christmas in the West, Diwali is very much a time for buying and exchanging gifts. Traditionally sweets and dried fruit were very common gifts to exchange, but the festival has become a time for serious shopping, leading to anxiety that commercialism is eroding the spiritual side of the festival. In most years shopkeepers expect sales to rise substantially in the weeks before the festival.

Diwali is also a traditional time to redecorate homes and buy new clothes. Diwali is also used to celebrate a successful harvest.

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