Once a year, the streets of India (and around the world) erupt with colour and sound as the Diwali Festival is celebrated. But what’s it all about? Read on to find out more about this vibrant festival.
Celebrated around October or November each year, Diwali originated as a harvest festival that marked the last harvest before winter. Honouring the goddess of wealth – Lakshmi – it’s a time for Indians to hope for success at the start of their new financial year, with lamps and decorations adorning Indian homes across the nation – and now all over the world – in order to welcome Lakshmi in.
Although different regions celebrate Diwali in different ways, honouring a variety of deities for different reasons, the common throughout regardless of faith is the triumph of good over evil, of light over dark. It’s a time to be with family and friends, to celebrate the good things in life and to look forward to prosperity.
And of course, there are fireworks. Although it is fun to blow things up, it is also believed that the loud noises and bright lights of the fireworks chase away evil spirits.
Diwali is now celebrated in Indian communities around the world, so you may be lucky enough to experience the colour and sound of this joyous festival. But here’s how it goes down in India:
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