From the 13th day of the dark half of the lunar month Ashvina to the 2nd day of the light half of lunar month Karttika (between mid-October and mid-November), millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrate Diwali (the festival of light) across 5 consecutive days. In detail, Diwali is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.
The date of the festival changes each year, but usually falls between October and November. This year it begins on Thursday 12th November. Lasting 5 days, with the main day of celebrations taking place on the Saturday, the festivities come to a close on Monday 16th November.
The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, meaning ’rows of lighted lamps’
What is Diwali a celebration of?
Each religion marks different historical events and stories.
Hindus celebrate the return of deities Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after their 14-year exile. Additionally, they celebrate the day Mother Goddess Durga destroyed a demon called Mahisha.
Particularly, Sikhs celebrate the release from prison of the sixth guru Hargobind Singh in 1619. In fact, on Diwali in 1577, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar (the most holy place in the Sikh world) was laid.
The most widespread custom is the lighting of small oil lamps called Diya’s. Houses, shops and public places are decorated which with these lamps, with others set them adrift on rivers and streams.
Within the homes, floors inside and out are covered with rangoli, consisting of elaborate designs made of coloured rice, sand or flower petals.
People also enjoy visiting relatives, having feasts, and sharing plenty of sweets amongst the children. Additionally, fireworks and festivities are now an essential part of the occasion.
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