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What religion celebrates the festival of lights?

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December 24, 2012 8:30PM

Several religions have important holidays called the Festival of Lights.

In Judaism, the Festival of Lights is another name for the holiday of Channukah (multiple spellings), which commemorates the expulsion of the Syrian tyrant Antiochus from Israel and the rededication of the Holy Temple.

In Hinduism, the Festival of Lights is another name for Diwali, the most important festival of the year. It commemorates Lord Rama's defeat of Ravana and rescue of his wife, Sita. It is a joyous celebration of the victory of good over evil.

Buddhism also celebrates a Light Festival.