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Happy Diwali - no matter if it is on Nov 2 or Nov 3!

Deepavali falls on Nov 2 which is a Saturday, said Penang Hindu Association deputy president P. Murugiah.

He said there was confusion among the public since many calendars including “horse-racing” ones have stated that Deepavali falls on Nov 3.

That was taken from The Star's report as published here.

However, a quick check online reveals that Deepavali, or Diwali, will be celebrated on Sunday (Nov 3) in India - the birth place of Hinduism.

In fact this was stated by India's national postal service India Post as seen here.

The Indian government, meanwhile, stated:

Nov 2 as a restricted holiday for Deepavali while Nov 3 is a gazetted holiday. In short, Diwali is celebrated throughout India on Nov 3.

According to, Deepavali falls on Nov 3 while another celebration Naraka Chaturdas  is on Nov 2.

UK's Huffington Post had in its write up on the Festival of Lights said the celebration was on Sunday. For the record, there is a large Indian population in UK.

So I guess MIC can finally justify its fight in turning Deepavali into a two day public holiday as seen here.

Nov 2 or Nov 3 - it's a festive weekend so Happy Diwali folks!

HD says: Have a good weekend and enjoy the food!


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