This five day festival signifies the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It is known for being the home of the festival of lights – you will find all kinds of lights here, including colourful fireworks, candles and also clay lamps, which are lit during the Diwali festivities.
Diwali is celebrated in either October or November and the decision when to celebrate this famous Indian festival all depends on the moons cycle. The main celebrations of Diwali usually occur on the third day while the fourth day is known and celebrated as New Year’s Day.
Diwali is one of the biggest festivals that are celebrated throughout India. It honours goods victory over evil and it marks the start of winter. Diwali rituals vary according to whatever part of India you are in. It is a time when special blessings are given to Laxshmi – the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity as well as the remover of obstacles – Ganesha.
For first-time visitors to India, Diwali is a very atmospheric and friendly festival.
Date – Thursday October 23rd 2014
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