Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in Autumn every year, this year falling on October 23, also known as the “festival of lights.”
The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. The festival usually lasts around five days however, the main festival takes place on the darkest, new moon night.
To prepare for the Diwali night people tend to clean, renovate and decorate their homes and on the night Hindus dress up in new clothes, light candles in their homes and take part in prayers usually to the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. After the prayers, there are fireworks and a family feast as well as family exchanging of gifts.
The festival of lights is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji and is an important festival for Hindus.