Tamil Nadu declares Diwali holiday on 13 November

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The Tamil Nadu Government has announced a holiday for all educational institutions and government offices on November 13 (Monday), the day after Deepavali, to allow people to return home after the celebrations.

According to an official release, the educational institutions and government offices across Tamil Nadu will function on November 18 (Saturday) to compensate for the holiday.

The order is expected to benefit students, parents, teachers, and government employees, who may be travelling to their hometowns for celebrating Deepavali.

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This year Diwali falls on 12 November which is a Sunday. Diwali, or Dipawali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness.

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