Diwali is one of the most important celebrations in India and it is shared across a multitude of faiths by multitudes of people in the nation.
What is Diwali?
Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word “Dipavali”, and means “a row of lights.” During this holiday, people light rows of traditional clay oil lamps outside their homes to symbolize the victory of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.
Diwali is also believed to be the symbol of Goddess Lakshimi coming home. People worship Goddess Lakshimi and Lord Ganesh on this fay as they are believed to bring good luck, prosperity and wealth.
Diwali is a lunar holiday, and it is celebrated over five days, with gatherings, fireworks, food, and prayer. Each day of celebration has a meaning and traditions that are practiced:
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