Diwali - Festivals of light
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia.
The festival of Diwali extends over five days. Because of the lights, fireworks, and sweets involved, it's a great favourite with children.
The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India.
The date of Diwali is set by the Hindu calendar and so it varies in the Western calendar. It usually falls in October or November.
Diwali is a New Year festival in the Vikrama calendar,
where it falls on the night of the new moon in the month of Kartika.
Business people regard it as a favourable day to start a new accounting year because of the festival's association with the goddess of wealth. Diwali is also used to celebrate a successful harvest.
The most colourful festival. It celebrates the arrival of spring and death of demoness Holika. It is a celebration of happiness and hope. Holi gives a refreshing break from the mundane norms as people from all walks of life enjoy themselves. The day after Holi, is the actual festival of colours, when everything in sight is covered in a riot of colours.