Saturday, November 10, 2007

Deepavali in Malaysia and Singapore is also called Diwali in India but, according to Kerala Online, 'Diwali' is merely the abbreviation of the Sanskrit word 'Deepavali'. Sanskrit is a very important ancient Indian language that had noticeably influenced the subsequent development of many other languages in Southeast Asia such as Malay and Thai, and it is still the liturgical language of Hinduism as well as Buddhism.


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