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Diwali: Know how Different Communities Celebrate the Festival of Lights in and Outside India

People from different regions and communities celebrate Diwali in its own unique ways

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October 25, 2016: Diwali- the festival of lights which is celebrated differently in different cultures in and outside India. People from different regions and communities celebrate Diwali in unique ways. Though the common belief is that Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and in order to celebrate and welcome him, people lit diyas, thereby celebrating the festival of lights.
Let us find out how different Diwali in India and abroad is:

Kali Puja

Kali Puja, which is also known as Shyama Puja or Mahanisha Puja is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. Bengalis celebrate it on the new moon day of the Hindu month Kartik. They worship Goddess Kali for three days and celebrate the occasion by lighting up their houses, bursting crackers, meeting and spending time with family and friends.

Diyari

Sindhis celebrate Diwali in a different way, with a different name and with somewhat different customs. They wash coins of gold and silver in milk before worshipping the Goddess. After the Puja is over, they tap the coin against their teeth and chant- Lakshmi aayi, danat vaai, (Lakshmi arrived, and poverty went away).

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Bali Pratipada

North India celebrates Bali Pratipada on the third day of Diwali. According to the Hindu mythology, this very day marks one-day return of Bali, the demon king.Lord Vishnu in his fifth avatar Vamana banished Bali to ‘patal loka’ or the other world. But, due to Bali’s unconditional devotion towards Vishnu, Lord Vishnu gave him the permission to visit the world one day, every year.

Diyari

Odisha, India’s one of the most culturally diverse state celebrates Diwali in a unique way. Kaunriya Kathi is a festival during which the people of Odisha burn the jute sticks so as to invite their ancestors who they consider descend from the heaven on the day of Diwali.

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Divali

In the late 19th century, thousands of people from Indian states of Bihar and Odisha were taken to Trinidad as slaves to work in the sugarcane plantations. Later, they gained independence and starting living peacefully with the local population. With them blended the customs and rituals of India too in Trinidad and the government of Trinidad declared it as a national holiday in 1966. Diwali marks the eradication of spiritual darkness. In Trinidad, Diwali is celebrated for nine days.

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Tihar

In Nepal, the festival is known as Tihar. The celebrate Diwali in a much different way than the Indians. However, during Diwali they also worship Goddess Lakshmi. It is a five days festival in Nepal, and each day is dedicated to some ritual. Feeding rice to the cows on the first day, dogs on the second and so on.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

 

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?