Happy Diwali (Deepavali)

Happy Diwali (Deepavali) 

 

 

 

Deepavali – Festival of Lights

 

 

One of the most significant festivals in Indian culture, Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights, sees millions attend firework displays, prayers and celebratory events across the world every autumn.

 

The festival is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for a variety of reasons, although the main theme which runs throughout is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.

 

 

 

 

The festival usually falls between the middle of October and the middle of November, although this is decided upon by the Hindu lunar calendar. While each faith has its own reason to celebrate the festival, one of the most popular stories told is the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom in Northern India from exile after defeating the demon king Ravanna in the 15th century BC.

 

 

 

 

To celebrate, houses are decorated with candles and colourful lights, while families feast and share gifts.