Diwali is a Hindu festival that began on November 3rd this year. The celebration lasts for several days. Read more information below from the Kids of Courage archives.
An important Hindu festival is Diwali, the Festival of Lights (also spelled “Divali” or “Devali”). More than 900 million people in the world are Hindus. India has the largest number of Hindus.
Diwali is celebrated in many countries where Hindus live. In India and some other places, people of other religions also celebrate Diwali.
During the days of Diwali, people light lamps, set off fireworks, eat desserts, give gifts, and recall legends about gods and goddesses honored in Hinduism.
God has made us with a longing in our hearts to be close to him. (See Acts 17:26–27 and Ecclesiastes 3:11.) Many Hindus feel that longing, too. But they do not believe, or have not been told, that the way to be close to God is through his Son, Jesus. So they try to fill that longing with other gods, rituals, and works.
Some Hindus add Jesus to the list of gods they honor, but do not forsake other gods. The Bible tells us we must have no other gods.
Pray that Hindus will meet Christians who can tell them about Jesus, the light of the world, and that they will open their hearts to him. Pray especially for radical Hindus who oppose Christianity in India and other places.
Note: Main locations where Hindus live include India, Nepal, Malaysia, Guyana, Suriname, and Sri Lanka. More than 1 million Hindus live in the U.S. (Source: The World Almanac and Book of Facts) Do some research and find out if there is a Hindu temple in your state or region.
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