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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Happy Deepavali

Advanced Deepavali wishes to you all. Its been a few years since anyone asked me "Deepa, do you get vali(pain) on this day?" Either I am too old to be hearing such (poor) jokes from them or there are less number of "kadi" people around me now. Either way, its a good sign.

By the way, I would like to know why Deepavali is also called Diwali. (Tamil nazis stay away. There has to be some other answer other than N.Indian conspiracy)


Blogger rads said...

Happy Deepavali to you too.
My take on N.I name
Diwali = Diya + wali. [now am stumped for what is wali is hindi] :))

lol@kadi joke.

4:20 PM  
Blogger I said...

That explains it.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Ginkgo said...

Maybe northies didnt like the name Deepa..:-)

herez for a 'vali' less Diwali :-)

8:26 PM  
Blogger APAM NAPAT said...

More than that, I want to know what is the significance of Diwali. Is it celebrated because Rama killed Ravana or Naragasura vatham or what else. It also marks the new financial year for the "nimbal solraan nammal kekaran" guys from Sowcarpet.

11:58 PM  
Blogger Tanushree said...

wishing you also a very happy diwali..

and no idea about ur question...

6:59 AM  
Blogger Me said...

....happy deepavali..

1:02 PM  
Blogger Rajavel said...

Not sure about the roots of the word Diwali. But Deepavali is celebrated for NAragasura vatham and Diwali is celebrated for the coronation Rama In Ayodha (Dusshera is Rama killed Ravan festival - that reminds me of a SV Shekar joke .. hmm )

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Deepavali to you too.

Whatever reason the celebration is for (known or unknown), it is kinda interesting to note that Hindus cherish the day with full force, generations after generations.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Kavitha Jay said...

happy diwali..ensiii:)

11:11 PM  
Blogger I said...

According to Inhdu mythology, Narakasura was killed by Satyabhama and Kirutinan was her charioteer.This was the original reason for Deepavali. However since Satyabhama or Bhoomadevi has Southern affiliations, the North Indhian imperialists revisioned it to Diwali and Iraman returning from exile to Ayodhya. They also played up with the real story that Kirutinan killed Narakasuran (but he had a boon that he be killed only bys his mother)

Some South Indians celebrate Deepavali to celebrate Vamanan's conquest of Baali.

Some North Indians like Vangalargal celebrate the victory of Kali over Mahishasuran as Deepavali.

Thamizhargal however should celebrate Deepavali only for the reason Bhoomadevi killed Naragasuran. Any other name of the festival for any other reason amounts to thamizh dhrogam. I'll burn buses and pour acid to register my protest.

2:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thamizhargal however should celebrate Deepavali only for the reason Bhoomadevi killed Naragasuran.

Interesting to read that cos I was vaguely aware (must have heard/read this somewhere when I was a kid) that Naragasura was killed by his mom@Bhoomadevi due the boon. However, in recent years this particular reason was slowly outphased and was instead replaced with Krishna/satyabama/Ram tale.

2:49 AM  
Blogger Shruti said...

wish a very happy diwali....
plz do tell me the answer bcoz i dont have any idea..

3:03 AM  
Blogger Mahadevan said...

Wish you Happy Diwali. I think the correct word is "Deepa Oli" (light of Deepam). Due to constant usage, it has shrunken in sise to Diwali which happens to be the word the northerners also use. South of Vindhyas, it is Narakasura Vadha and north of that, Ram returning back to Ayodhya. In my opinion, it is a social festival and has no religious significance.

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deepz, Happy Deepavali to you, Purushan and Pullai

Deepam+Aavali = Array of Deepams

Deepz, un peru inda festival la irukkardungradukkaga oru tani-post-cum-kelvi-in-that a?

Diwali is more the 'hep' way of saying it .. especially in Chennai. College, school-a local cases ellam "Happy Deevali yaa, Deevali-kku tuni eduthaacha?" nnu kekumbodu enakku grrr..

Happy Deepavali!

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sathyabama Asuranai vadham panni mudicha kayyoda avanai pathu,"dei nee gaali" apdinu solli TR style la vassnam paesi sirippa. Adhu apdiye maruvi 'diwali' aagirukkanumnu ninaikkaraen. Idhu epdi irukku?

12:33 PM  
Blogger D LordLabak said...

Rads, good imagination.:-) Thank you and same to you.
I, I asked you to stay away. Knew you'd say somthing like this.
Ginks, I object. And thank you for your blessings.:-)
Rajesh, these stories confuse me a lot. Christmas is celebrated in December though Jesus was born in Spring. I guess every religion has conflicting stories and practises.
Thanks Tanushree. Diwali coz its short and easy to type?;-)
Me, thank you and Happy Thalai Deepavali to you.
Cheti, I thought I was the only one to think of SVe on such occasions. But dont remember the joke that you refer to.
Jay, I agree with you. Its a fun occasion.
Mystery, thank you.
Shruti, will definitely let you know if someone enlightens me.
Mahadevan Sir, thank you and that brings another question of mine to the fore. WHy do N.Indians use q for k and w for v? Why is it Diwali and not Divali? Why is it waqt and not vakt? Beats me. It cant be Urdu influence alone. Even pure hindi words use those letters in english.
Bubby, Aavali is Array? I didnt know that. Endha language? Interesting actually.
MM, I bow to you. No one gave such a convincing answer.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Vivhyd said...

That was a nice kadi joke.. Happy Deepavali to u too!!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

becos diwali is easy to type! ;)

1:57 AM  
Blogger Lavanya said...

hmmmmm....the day when ravana became 'diwal' ...and deepavali coz kuthina edathula, naragasuran ku deepam mari erinji valichurukkum. adaan deepavali.

2:28 AM  
Blogger Ramnarayan said...

Happy Deepavali. Nice to know you through your blog.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Ramnarayan said...

I think it has to do with the festival marking the annual closure of accounts and the books being opened afresh. Diwala may mean bankrupt, but I believe it also means simply accounts. The practice of gambling all night is also part of the ritual.

12:59 PM  
Blogger D LordLabak said...

vivhyd, you really think its a "nice" kadi joke?
KBS, I agree. Thats the reason I give for typing Diwali.
Lavanya, you can compete with MMM for creativity.:-)
abhorigine, thank you.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Rajavel said...

Well I am not sure if you have seen or heard the Play "Crazy theives in Palavakkam" - S V Shekars "athimbaer" quizes S V shekar who is going to appear for 12th standard exam for nth time -

English .. CHange the voice "Rama killed Ravana" Sv shekar - (in a squeaky femakle voice) - " Rama killed Ravana"

Tamil ... Ilakkana kurippu "Pal vizhundhuvittathu" SV shekar - Eeru ketta ethirmarai peyaraecham - Eppidra kanna avvalavu correctta sonna - Sv Shekar - "Eeru kettathunaala thaana pal vizhunthadhu ?"

Maths .. "Two plus two plus two ..." Sv Shekar .. (rhyming) "totodo" .. Athimbaer in resignation.."Enna vuttudo"

Hehehe.. that was refreshing ! I guess this was the time when S V S and Crazy Mohan were together !

Happy Deepaavali

5:25 PM  
Blogger Me too said...

Appy DeebavaLi OR Happy Diwaali, ya!!

6:00 PM  
Blogger Ramnarayan said...

On second thoughts, it may be the other way around. Perhaps the term diwala for bankruptcy originated from the practice of playing cards all night at Diwali time until you went broke! By the way, Deepa, the name is Ram.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Ajay said...

Happy Deepavali, Deepa..

1:00 PM  
Blogger APAM NAPAT said...

That is not SVe Sekar who replies for those questions. It is the dude who gets kidnapped frequently.

12:04 AM  
Blogger Rajavel said...


THanks !!! Really, I was under the impression that its by SVS ! Heard the cassette about 20 years ago .. those dialogues still stick .. forgot a lot of specifics !

11:39 AM  
Blogger Syam said...

hope u had a wonderful deepavali...LOL @ kadi :-)

enga oor la deevaali nu solvaanga...looks diwali also same to me :-)

1:42 PM  
Blogger Ginkgo said...

hmm...itz called Diwa-lu in telugu..
How come u dint mention that:-)

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


anything you say and add a 'lu' is teLUgu.. adanaladan anda language kku teLUgu nnu peru.

:)hope your diwalu was super fun

Deepz, neenu Don-u choostavu? ninna cheppavaa? review mail chestavu.. baaga velai-lu.. rapeukku mailu cheyyalu

12:20 AM  
Blogger D LordLabak said...

Ram Sir, Ajay and Syam, Thank you. Hope you all had a good DeeBavaLi.
Ginks, I didn't know it was called that way in telugu.
Bubby gaaru, engayo poitta nee. Don a? Chancey illa. I am waiting to talk to you before I invest time and money there.;-)

11:42 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

technical (may be borring) explaination:- The very name of this festival 'Deepavali' suggests the meaning of this festival. It is all about the light coming out of a tiny diya that is called 'Deep' in Hindi. Later the term 'Deepawali' became 'Divali'.

Deepavali is Sanskrit word and Diwali is in hindi. However, both names literally translated mean the same, which is "row of lights".

trust you had a blast.

3:28 AM  
Blogger The Visitor said...

Kuzhandaiya killittu thottilaiyum atturadhu.
Controversy - thy name is Deepa.

3:46 AM  
Blogger John said...

Happy Deepavali to you and all readers of this post. such a nice post on diwali festival. Diwali, the festival of light, and one of the biggest festivals of Hindus is celebrated with much enthusiasm by the Indians, whether they reside in India or in some other part of the world.It is also true that Diwali remain incomplete without exchange of Diwali Gifts. But it is not possible for NRI People to meet relative and family on Diwali festival. So, they send online diwali gifts to india to their relative and loved one.

6:15 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

;) happy Diwali..

4:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

deepavali = deepaanaam aavali = array of lights in Samskrita.

4:21 PM  

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