Diwali (Hindu)

What is Diwali?

In Hindu tradition, Diwali honours Lakshmi, the goddess of Wealth and other Diwali legends. It is also referred to as the festival of lights and celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.

When is Diwali?

Diwali is a five-day festival tied into the Hindu calendar that typically takes place between mid-October and mid-November, beginning on Thursday October 19th to Monday 23rd October 2017.

What do people do during Diwali?

Practices and observances throughout Diwali vary considerably.

Lamps are lit to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, find her way into people's homes.

The festival is also associated with large firework displays, spring-cleaning the home, wearing new clothes, exchanging gifts and preparing festive meals.

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