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Nov 13, 2020

Diwali: A festival of lights

Diwali: A festival of lights

Celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all over the world, Diwali is a festival of lights commemorating the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Happening between mid-October and mid-November, Diwali lasts for five (5) days. This year, November 14, 2020 (Saturday) serves as the main day of celebrating the holiday.

How is Diwali being celebrated?

Diwali is being celebrated by lighting diyas (oil lamps) and rangoli (candles). In addition to this, various indoor and outdoor lights are used to illuminate homes and other venues. During this time, families visit their relatives and friends wearing their finest clothes to feast on traditional delicacies such as mithai. This is also an opportunity to worship, depending on the religion, the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. To add to the festivities, people light fireworks to brighten up the occasion.