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The Ultimate Diwali quiz

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Shubh Deepavali to you and your family. Deepavali or Diwali ~ the Hindu festival of lights brings to our mind images of diyas, sweets, puja, colourful lights, fire crackers, feasting, new purchases, socializing and lots of fun. Here is a little quiz to remind ourselves about Diwali and the origins that makes Diwali the most popular festival of India.

Test your Diwali Quotient with just 15 questions. Be ready for some curly questions too and for every right answer treat yourself or your family/friend with something special. Answers are provided at the bottom of the quiz.

  1. Diwali is the shortened version of Deepavali. What does the word Deepavali actually mean?
    • Row of lighted lamps
    • Festival of lights
    • Circle of lights
    • Light of life
  2. There is no public holiday for Diwali in which of the following countries?
    • Singapore
    • Thailand
    • Trinidad & Tobago
    • Fiji
  3.  Diwali commemorates the spiritual enlightenment of which two famous saints?
    1. Lord Vardhaman Mahaveer and Swami Dayananda Saraswati
    2. Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
    3. Swami Vivekananda and Adi Shankara
    4. Sant Tukaram and Sri Aurobindo
  4. Which two historical icons of India does the festival celebrate the return of?
    1. Krishna and Rukhmani
    2. King Krishnadeva Raya
    3. Lord Ram and Sita
    4. Raja Raja Chola
  5. What other religious groups celebrate Diwali in India, apart from Hindus?
    1. Parsis and Bahais
    2. Jains and Sikhs
    3. Taoists and Shamans
    4. Buddhists and Jains
  6. What do the Sikhs commonly call Diwali?
    1. Baisakhi
    2. Bandi Chhor Divas
    3. Hola Mohalla
  7. “Thalai Deepavali” is a unique Diwali custom of which Indian state?
    1. Assam
    2. Kerala
    3. Karnataka
    4. Tamil Nadu
  8. To whom did Lord Yama explain on the Diwali Amavasya (New Moon day) in the Katha Upanishad about the highest wisdom to enlightenment?
    1. Narad
    2. Yudishtra
    3. Nachiketas
    4. Markandeya
  9. For how many days Diwali is celebrated according to the lunar Hindu calendar?
    1. One
    2. Two
    3. Three
    4. Five
  10. What is the first day of Diwali season called?
    1. Dhanteras
    2. Diwali
    3. Laxmi Puja
    4. Naraka Chaturdashi
  11. In which country is Diwali celebrated and referred to as ‘Tihar’ or ‘Swanti’?
    1. Thailand
    2. Nepal
    3. Sri Lanka
    4. Cambodia
  12. Which town in Tamil Nadu is known to make eight out of every 10 crackers in India and has recently employed 40 or so Firecracker consultants from China?
    1. Tanjavur
    2. Madurai
    3. Sivakasi
    4. Tirunelveli
  13. What event from Ramayana does Diwali symbolise?
    1. The birth of Lord Ram
    2. The return of Ram & Sita to Ayodhya after 14 years
    3. The killing of Ravan by Ram
    4. The breaking of the bow by Lord Ram
  14. Diwali also commemorates the killing of which evil king by Lord Krishna
    1. Kamsa
    2. Narakasura
    3. Hiranyakashipu
    4. Pootana
  15. Jains celebrate Diwali because
    1. Lord Mahaveer was born
    2. Lord Mahaveer attained to nirvana
    3. Jain New Year starts
    4. Jain pilgrimage begins on this day

    Answers

    1-A, 2-B, 3-A, 4-C, 5-B, 6-B, 7-D, 8-C, 9-D, 10-A, 11-B, 12-C, 13-B, 14-B, 15-B

 

Diwali greetings

  1. May the light of the lamp burn brightly in our hearts on this holy occasion of Diwali!|| Om asato ma sat gamaya |Tamaso ma jothir gamaya |Mrityor ma amritam gamaya |Om shanti shanti shanti ||In the words of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, the true significance of Diwali is beautifully summarized as: “The night is black. Kindle the lamp of love with thy life and devotion.”

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