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Composition helps the student to express his views on what is happening in the world around him, besides expressing personal thoughts, feelings and experiences.

Deepavali

Deepavali

Deepavali is celebrated in Malaysia by Hindus of Indian origin. It is the festival of lights which symbolise the triumph of the good over the evil. It usually falls in November yearly.

Hindus celebrate Deepavali with all the traditional customs. Weeks before the festival, Hindus start preparing their homes and clean them up for the festival. New curtains are put up and old furniture replaced. Traditional cakes, sweetmeats, biscuits and a variety of special eats are prepared by the womenfolk. New clothes are purchased for the family and everyone is gay and excited.

Numerous lights are placed outside the home at the entrance, and it is a beautiful sight to behold in the dark. Early on Deepavali morning, Hindus start the day with a bath and put on fresh, new clothes. Girls put on new frocks or skirts and blouses while the boys show off their new shirts and pants. The elder folk visit the temple to offer prayers to God for his mercies and blessings on the family. They then return home to have a grand breakfast with curry, Indian pancakes, and hot coffee or tea. This is followed by sweets and delicacies which are laid attractively on the table.

Soon, guests start coming and the 'open house' has become very much a feature of the Malaysian way of life, a symbol of the warm hospitality of its people. The day ends with children playing happily with fireworks in the garden.

     
triumph   a very great success, achievement or victory
     
eats   ( slang ) food, especially snacks
     
frock   a dress
     
 
 
 

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