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Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year.

What Do People Do?
Diwali is one of the biggest Hindu festivals celebrated among many people and communities in the United States. Many schools, community groups, Hindu associations, Indian organizations, and corporate businesses get involved in celebrating Diwali. Politicians, including governors and past presidents, previously made public announcements expressing their greetings and well wishes to Hindus on Diwali.

Many Indian stores sell jewelry and traditional outfits, such as chiffon saris, as well as statues of Hindu deities and incense sticks used in prayer around this time of the year. Many women and girls use mehendi, which is a temporary henna decoration, on their palms. It is also common to wear fine jewelry and silk outfits to celebrate this joyous festival.

Various lights, candles, and sparklers are lit on Diwali. Some businesses celebrate Diwali with Indian sweets and Chai tea. Many homes that celebrate Diwali have assorted sweets, savories, and Diwali herbs. Some communities organize firework displays and states such as Utah have proclaimed Diwali as one of their state festivals.

Public Life
Diwali is not a nationwide public holiday in the United States, but it is a large festival celebrated in many towns and cities. There may be traffic congestion and parking places may be full in areas where events are held to celebrate Diwali. Some Indian businesses may close early on Diwali.

Background
Diwali is called the Festival of Lights and is celebrated to honor Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana. People lit their houses to celebrate his victory over evil (light over darkness).

The goddess of happiness and good fortune, Lakshmi, also figures into the celebration. It is believed that she roams the Earth on this day and enters the house that is pure, clean, and bright. Diwali celebrations may vary in different communities but its significance and spiritual meaning is generally “the awareness of the inner light”.

Symbols
Lamps, fireworks, and bonfires illuminate this holiday, as the word “Deepawali” means “a row or cluster of lights” or “rows of diyas (clay lamps)”. The festival symbolizes the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. The goddess Lakshmi, who symbolizes wealth, happiness, and prosperity, is also worshiped during Diwali.
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    Welcome to Paulhamus Litho Inc

    Paulhamus Litho is a family-owned company located in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, serving the East Coast with quality printing at competitive prices.

    We share our expert knowledge about design and printing using quality materials, and emphasizing customer service to meet you requirements.

    Complete Printing Service / Full Color Printing. Browse thru our website to become acquainted with our capabilities. We look forward to hearing from you regarding your printing needs.

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    Capabilities / Services
    We would like to take this opportunity to let you know some of the new things happening here at Paulhamus Litho, Inc. With the advances in equipment and technology, it is not possible for someone in the printing business to stand idle. Likewise, it is a real challenge to keep up with all the innovations. We are well aware of the fact that our customers are the most important asset that we have and that our number one priority is to keep them happy. Quick service and a high quality product is essential.

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    History of Paulhamus Litho Inc.

    Robert C. Paulhamus founded Paulhamus Litho in 1957. It began as a one-man print shop in the basement of a hardware store in Montoursville, PA. He started out with a foot treadle letterpress, an old-model 11″x17″ litho press, a hand-cranked cutter, a foot-powered stapling machine, and three cabinets of used movable type.

    By 1959 the company was operating on a full time basis, gradually updating machinery and employing people skilled in many fields of the graphic arts.
    In 1961 a new building was erected at 1128 Broad Street. As the company grew two additions increased the size of the building to accommodate more equipment.

    In 1975 Paulhamus Litho, Inc. moved to its present location on Old Montoursville Road. Over the years, it has increased the number of employees from nine to 29 and is constantly adding to its design and printing capabilities to maintain its leadership for unbeatable quality and service.

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