JOY SHARING…With Deepavali just a week away, Kolams like this one greet shoppers at supermarkets and malls throughout the country. In Hindu homes they are meant to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and to keep off evil spirits. Photo: Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Deepavali this year falls on Oct 27, the Malaysia Hindu Sangam said, clearing confusion over the date of the festival.

Its president, Datuk R.S. Mohan Shan, said the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Dhevasthanam had
determined that the festival falls on that date.

He confirmed the date when asked to clear the confusion among some Malaysian Hindus because a few calendars had erroneously marked Oct 26 as the date for Deepavali.

“Hindus observe Deepavali on Saturthasi Tithi, the 14th day of the month of Iypasi, based on the Hindu panjangam calendar,” he said when contacted by Bernama yesterday.

Deepavali is celebrated as a significance of the triumph of good over evil. – Bernama

JOY SHARING…With Deepavali just a week away, Kolams like this one greet shoppers at supermarkets and malls throughout the country. In Hindu homes they are meant to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and to keep off evil spirits. Photo: Bernama