Deepavali Festival of Lights

Diwali, Deepavali or Dipavali is Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere). One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance." Light is a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness.

During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated.The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days, with the climax occurring on the third day coinciding with the darkest night of the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, the festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Deepavali is the most important celebration for Hindus worldwide and this year it falls on October 29. The celebration, which is also referred to as the Festival of Lights, symbolises the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.

Deepavali’s origins lie in a festival in India that marked the end of the harvest season before the onset of winter. People marked this festival by praying and seeking blessings from Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity for the months ahead. Families would gather together to enjoy traditional food and sweets, play with fireworks and light clay lamps.

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