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South Indians to celebrate Diwali on November 10 as Naraka Chaturdashi
Though Diwali is celebrated throughout India, however there are differences in the ways in which it is celebrated in different regions of the country. Often there is one day difference in the North and South Indian celebrations. One thing is the same, lighting of lamps and letting off crackers.

In South India, Diwali is being celebrated on November 10 as Naraka Chaturdashi. Festivities are on in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. However in the last two states some will celebrate Diwali on November 11.

Naraka Chaturdashi legend is that the demon called Narakasura was killed on this day by Lord Krishna. The message of the observance is that humans must abolish laziness and evil of ego which create hell in life and.  In other words if you live humility and devotion, you will shine in life.

In South India, November 11 is going celebrated as Bali Padyami since it is believed that King Mahabali returns to earth on this day to visit his subjects.

On Narak Chaturdasi houses are decorated with colourful floor patterns or alpana. Special bathing rituals such as a fragrant oil bath are held in some regions of South India followed by puja.

In Tamil Nadu, people got up at dawn on November 10 to take oil baths, perform puja or "nombu", and organize festivities.

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