Strings of lamps are lit on the festival of Karthikai Deepam, also known as Karthika Deepam, held during the auspicious month of Kathikai. The lamps are a form of prayer to ward off evil and bring home wealth and happiness; the lamps are central to the celebrations. This is also an occasion celebrating the beautiful bond between brothers and sisters; the sisters pray for the well-being of their brothers, during the festival. Similar rituals are done across India to offer prayers for a good trade as the season marks a major sea-trading season in the ancient business calendar. Much like other traditional festivals, Karthikai Deepam links Pondicherry to an ancient heritage.
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