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11 Things Diwali Does Better Than Any Other Holiday

Not everyone has been lucky enough to double-fist laddoos and sparklers. For your gora friends, here is the perfect post to describe all the magic that is Diwali in a way they'll understand.

1. Achha, Diwali is all about diyas. All they need to know is that there's a LOT of them.

2. You get presents, so basically you can explain to them that it's kind of like receiving gifts for Christmas or Hanukkah.

3. You might also get $$$. It's just like a visit to grandma!

4. If they ask what exactly you’re celebrating, just explain that it’s Lord Rama’s homecoming from a seriously long exile.

5. There are also fireworks and sparklers! You know, like for the 4th of July, but with even more firepower.

6. Wearing new clothes is a big part of Diwali, so go ahead and let them know it's a little like the first day of school.

7. And don't forget about the DEEP cleaning your home will get — like spring cleaning, but in the fall.

8. Everybody is there, so it's a huge family reunion with food way better than barbecue.

9. You get to eat TONS of sweets too — so think Halloween but with jalebis.

10. And, like with Halloween, you get to decorate your doorway. But instead of jack-o'-lanterns, you have rangolis.

11. Last but not least, there are totally unreal Black Friday–esque sales.

Still have an appetite for more Diwali goodness? Check out these 10 tips to make Diwali more affordable this year.