A real festival of lights
Diwali comes from “deepavali,” a Sanskrit word meaning "rows (avail) of lit clay lamps (deepa).” This five-day festival of lights celebrates the Hindu New Year. Firework displays, especially with the use of sparklers, sky lanterns, and fountains, are common.
It’s a big deal
Diwali is a major cultural celebration that has been celebrated for over 2,500 years by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and people of South Asian heritage from around the world. It’s as important to Hindus as Christmas is to Christians.
They also buy gold
Celebrants prepare for Diwali by cleaning their homes and decorating it with clay lamps, strings of flower garlands, and ornate rangolis: lovely floral designs made from dyed rice powder and small objects.
It’s a FEASTival too
Like most holidays, food plays a central role in Diwali too. Families make lavish spreads of curries and Indian sweets, and it is customary to share with neighbors.
Good over evil
Diwali symbolizes light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance. It promotes open hearts and open minds and is a potent time for self-reflection.