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Spokane Sikhs celebrate Diwali, victory of light over darkness

Dozens of small flames flickered in the darkness outside the Sikh Temple of Spokane Tuesday night, while inside the gurdwara, families prayed, chanted, dined and lit candles together as they celebrated Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights.

In India during this time of year houses, shops and public places are decorated with diyas, or small oil lamps, to symbolize the victory of good over evil.

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Spokane gudwara raises money for officer injured in Wisconsin shooting

In August, when a gunman attacked a Sikh gudwara in Oak Creek, Wisc., police officer Lt. Brian Murphy was shot nine times. When rescuers came to his aid, he waived them away. According to a witness, "He had been shot nine times — one of them very serious in the neck area — and he waved them off and told them to go into the temple to assist those in there."

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