In case you haven't already seen all the lights around your neighbourhood or city, its time for the festival of lights! Diwali is a Hindu festival also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains across the world, and this festival coincides with the Hindu New Year which celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and lights over darkness.
The exact dates for Diwali change each year depending on the position of the moon but this year Diwali will fall on the 7th November 2018 and last for 5 days. The word Diwali or Deepavali as its sometimes called means 'row of lights' in the ancient language of India called Sanskrit, during this festival people decorate their homes with lights and oil lamps, called diyas.
Did you know that for many people, Diwali honours the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. The lights and lamps are said to help Lakshmi find her way into peoples’ homes, bringing prosperity in the year to come, but it’s not just about lights and legends, Diwali is a time to have fun with friends and family! People exchange gifts and sweets, enjoy delicious feasts, watch fireworks displays and wear new clothes. It’s a time to clean and decorate your home, too.
Happy Diwali to ALL!