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Karthikai or Karthikai Deepam is a Hindu Festival celebrated every year during Mid-November to Mid-December when the moon is in conjunction with the constellation "Karthigai" (Pleiades) and Purnima.

It is celebrated by lighting rows of lamps (Agal Vilakkus) in the household. It is a symbolic representation of light (good) overcoming/dispelling darkness (bad).

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