Diwali Festival of Lights Diwali derived from the Sanskrit word Deepavali Deepa = light Avali = a row Diwali = Deepavali = A row of Light
Diwali is celebrated in the months of October/November on one of the darkest night (Amavasya) of this period. Hindus in India and across the globe celebrate Diwali. Diwali celebrations can last up to five days. Each region of the country celebrating the triumph of good over evil in a uniquely regional way.
Celebrations Include Lighting of Diyas or earthen lamps in every corner of homes. Decoration of homes in multi-colored and floral design (Rangoli). Visits to the temples and offerings to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Spiritual and material prosperity
Celebrations Include Purchase of new Clothes Exchange of sweets with friends and neighbors. Fireworks
Significance of Diwali Significance of Diwali is based on spirituality, beliefs, myths and legends of the triumph of good over evil. Illumination of the diyas symbolizes the removal of spiritual darkness and the onset of wisdom or light. In Northern India Diwali is a celebration of the welcome given to Lord Rama, of the great Hindu epic The Ramayana, by his subjects after 14 years of exile from his kingdom. Lord Rama destroys the evil ruler of Lanka, Ravan. Diwali is also the start of the new year for Hindus in the northern regions of India.
The Triumph of good over evil Lord Krishna destroying the evil demon Narkasura for abducting the females of the community. In Southern India Diwali is celebrated for the triumph of Lord Vishnu over Hirnaykshipu an evil and unjust king.