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Hiv Affected Children In Coimbatore Happy To Receive Diwali Gifts

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Coimbatore, Nov 08 (ANI): HIV-affected children in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, were in for a treat on Saturday, as they received packs of goodies ahead of Diwali, the festival of lights. Diwali will be celebrated across India on November 11. An organisation working with HIV positive children distributed crackers, sweets and new clothes to almost 120 children, bringing smile to their faces. HIV-affected boy Siranjivi said people like him were always neglected in society, but this gesture gave them a feeling of belongingness. Programme Convenor Jagan said they hold such celebrations every year so that HIV positive children not feel discriminated against. Diwali is celebrated with great fervour and gaiety across India as it marks the return home of Rama, the King of Ayodhya and the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, after 14 years of exile duirng which he conquered Ravana, the powerful demon king of Lanka. Legend says millions of lamps were lit when Rama returned home after completing his period of exile. Diwali is also celebrated in honour of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. It is believed that Lakshmi showers her blessings upon those homes that are clean and well lit.

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