Diwali is a five-day celebration which occurs on the fifteenth day of the Hindu month of Kartika. The fourth day of Diwali is the Hindu New Year. This year, Diwali falls on Sunday, October 30th.
Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights and it is held in honour of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. During the festival, houses and shops are decorated with candles and colourful lights.
In preparation for Diwali, people clean their houses and offices, not only to remove the dust but also the negativity and darkness form their houses and their lives, to welcome a positive new year. On the day of Diwali, people light diyas (oil lamps) outside their houses to welcome Goddess Lakshmi and light up firecrackers to illuminate the sky.
Diwali also marks the end of the harvest season. It is at this time that farmers assess the rewards from their crops. The end of a good harvest is a reason to celebrate and be thankful.
Another reason to share happiness with friends and family. Indian sweet dishes are made and shared amongst friends and family, to wish them a prosperous and happy new year.
Here in the UK, many people celebrate Diwali with firework displays, traditional performances, street lighting, food, and music.
In summary, the festival of lights symbolises joy, love, resolution, forgiveness and knowledge.
We wish our team in India a bright and prosperous new year!