Diwali or Deepavali a festival of light symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and hope over despair. Diwali date Thursday, 19 October 2017. Diwali is one of the most popular festivals in the Hindu calendar.
Diwali or in Sanskrit Deepavali means series of lights, is derived from Dipam means light and Oli means glow of light.
People celebrate Diwali with gift exchanges, festive meals, and fireworks. People make or buy new clothes and thoroughly clean their houses as a part of the festival preparations. People decorate their building/house by illuminate dipa lights (lamps) or with strings of decorative lights. People spend time with their friends and family exchange gifts or sweets.
Why is Diwali celebrated?
The five-day festival is seen to be one of the most significant in the Indian culture.
- Many people celebrate the God Rama and his wife Sita’s returning to their kingdom after being expulsion following the defeat of demon king Ravana. Diwali is meant to represent light over darkness and the belief that good will always victory over evil.
- For many Indians, Diwali honors Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and people will start the new business year at Diwali and some will say prayers to the goddess for a prosperous year ahead.