Diwali (also spelled Divali) is a richly diverse annual celebration beginning this year on November 2 and ending November 6, with the main celebration falling on November 4. Also known as the Festival of Lights, it celebrates “victory of light over darkness”.
Observed by more than a billion people around the world, from a variety of faiths, Diwali is seen as a time to gather with loved ones and celebrate in ways that are meaningful to family and friends’ traditions, which vary depending on regions.
The festival is usually celebrated through prayer, gift giving, and by lighting lamps, small candles, or other lights around the home. You can greet someone who is celebrating Diwali by saying “Happy Diwali!” or “Shubh Deepawali!”.
From the Learning & Teaching Services UPA team we wish that the glow of joy, prosperity and happiness illuminate your days in the year ahead!
The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica (2021). Diwali – Hindu Festival. Webpage. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/topic/Diwali-Hindu-festival