This week I've celebrated Diwali with my wife and her family. During this week we will visit the home of each family member, in turn, to break bread and be thankful for all that has happened throughout the last year and celebrate the new. Thanksgiving is my favourite American holiday and Diwali reminds me of the spirit of Thanksgiving. Tonight we lit tiny divas (little clay lamps) to drive away the shadows of evil spirits (it's interesting that Halloween is just around the corner).

Dhanteras (Hindi: Marathi: Dhantrayodashi) is the first day of the five-day Diwali Festival as celebrated in parts of north India. The festival ... falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik (October/November).
The Dhan in Dhanteras means wealth. (via [WikiPedia](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhanteras))

Author: Khürt Williams

Hello, I'm Khürt, a Gen X-er residing near Princeton University in Montgomery Township, New Jersey, with a passion for aquariums, terrariums, and photography, capturing moments with digital and 35mm film cameras. I find solace in the woods through hiking, and my eclectic musical tastes span soca, Afrobeat, calypso, 1990s rap, grunge rock, and alternative genres. My tech interests are towards open-source software, Linux, UNIX, and Apple products, particularly macOS.

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