Divali/Diwali/Deepavali 2013 – the date and the controversy

There has been a discussion brewing among the Hindu Community regarding the date of Divali in Trinidad and Tobago. While the rest of the world is celebrating this auspicious day on the 3rd of November 2013, according to an article from the Trinidad Express, the holiday is being declared as the 2nd of November 2013:

The by-election will take place just two days after the Divali holiday, which will be observed on November 2.

From my limited knowledge of Divali, it should be celebrated on the darkest night of the year. According to moonconnection.com, New Moon (which is the darkest night) falls on the 3rd of November:

Lunar phases in the Northern Hemisphere for November 2013

Lunar phases in the Northern Hemisphere for November 2013

Shouldn’t this be the day of Divali?

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