Diwali (Dipavali)

Diwali (Dipavali)

Diwali, or Deepavali, is a prominent Indian festival, celebrated in October or November every year. Symbolising the victory of light over darkness and good over evil, this five-day fiesta includes the lighting of diyas (oil lamps), worship of Goddess Lakshmi, family gatherings, gift exchanges, and fireworks. It holds religious significance for Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists.


Diwali is a beautiful example of India’s cultural diversity. Fostering unity, its values transcend religious boundaries – signifying hope, renewal, and the power of knowledge and light. Economically, Diwali also supports businesses, artisans and tourism. The festival’s emphasis on charity and wealth-sharing encourages acts of kindness and helping those in need. A shimmering reminder to appreciate different cultures, Diwali promotes tolerance and respect, and is celebrated throughout India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji, The United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and others. Happy Diwali!


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