After puja, fireworks follow, the festivities start with Dhanteras (in Northern and Western part of India), followed by Naraka Chaturdasi on second day, Deepavali on the third day, Diwali Padva dedicated to wife–husband relationship on the fourth day, and festivities end with Bhai Dooj dedicated to sister–brother bond on the fifth day.Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra.

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Call it my colonial hangover if you will, but I’m attracted to white guys and I’m a fan of cross-cultural and interracial dating.

I’m a 23-year-old Indian woman dating a Frenchman for four years, and this blog is my attempt to explain why an interracial couple should not be regarded as a repulsive oddity, as they so often are in our country.

To many people in India, the concept of an interracial couple is strange, vile even.

And so, as a brown woman with a white boyfriend, I’m often required to justify my preferences in men.

Arranged marriages have always been a debatable subject.

It is in the major outlook on relationships that Indians are vastly different, in the way they perceive the institution of marriage, to those beliefs of other countries especially in the west.

Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices.

On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity.

On the same night that Hindus celebrate Diwali, Jains celebrate a festival also called Diwali to mark the attainment of moksha by Mahavira,.

Diwali dates back to ancient times in India, as a festival after the summer harvest in the Hindu calendar month of Kartika.

In Indian culture, parents traditionally have much more authority over the lives of their children than American parents do.