Diwali or Deepawali, is the Hindu festival of lights. It is celebrated by Hindus for five days across India and all over the world. It is the biggest Hindu festival and most important Hindu holiday of the year. During Diwali or Deepawali, people perform cleansing rituals, decorate their homes and streets, gather for special feasts, exchange gifts and light fireworks.
Diwali or Deepawali is “the most awaited and the most celebrated festival of India. Though the exact dates change depending on local custom, the festival is typically celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartik, which falls in October or November. In 2018, the festival was celebrate on Nov. 5 and end on Nov. 9.
People light dozens of little clay oil lamps, called diyas in local language , to symbolize the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. The word “Diwali,” or “Deepawali” in Sanskrit, means “a row of lamps” in Sanskrit.
There are many stories associated with the celebration of Diwali or Deepawali . For example, Diwali or Deepawali celebrate the triumph of Rama, the lord of virtue, over the demon Ravan, as well as the return of Rama to his kingdom after 14 years of exile.