Diwali Indian Festival of Lights takes on added importance

HOPEFUL—Namita Shanbhag, who tests COVID samples at a clinical lab, is optimistic that humanity will “win this war against the virus.” Courtesy photoThis year, it was a Diwali like no other.
The Indian Festival of Lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and others around the world is about new beginnings, the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
But as Newbury Park resident Sita Kanugo said, “This Diwali is different.”
“This Diwali is about survival. It is about being grateful th...

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