Diwali lights up all faiths

Updated: November 12, 2012 20:11 IST

India is a country that is known for its linguistic, cultural and religious diversity. It is also known for good relations between people of different faiths. And this ethos comes to the forefront, especially during the festive season. As the festival of lights approaches, the business of candle making and sugar meringues gains momentum in Haldwani district of northern Uttarakhand state. Presenting a perfect example of amity, Muslims make candles and sugar meringues, which are an essential part of Diwali. Sugar meringues are offered to Hindu deities and are an integral part of Diwali. Those who make the sweets look forward to the festival, not only as business booms during this period but also as the festival provides an opportunity to strengthen bonds between different communities. In Aligarh city in northern Uttar Pradesh Muslim artisans make brass idols of Hindu deities that are in high demand during Diwali.

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