Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere).
When is the Diwali Festival.
Diwali is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the Hindu month of Kartika. Hinduism is a major religion of India, and is considered to be the oldest religion in the world.
How many people celebrate Diwali.
More than 800 million people celebrate this festival in various ways.
Who is it honored to.
It is celebrated in honor of Lakshmi - the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Who marks the return.
The festival also marks the return of the Lord Rama and Sita after completing fourteen years in exile.
What dose the word Diwali mean.
The word Diwali means "the row of lighted lamps (diyas)" in Hindi.
What is the festivals signifies.
The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness.
Do they have another festivals.
Diwali also marks a major shopping festival in the places where it is celebrated. There are special discounts and offers that businesses provide to their customers. Buying new things during this festival is considered to be good.
What is the festivals famous for.
It is the most famous, biggest and brightest festival of India, and is celebrated for five days.
Is it a national holiday.
It is a national holiday in India, Trinidad & Tobago, Myanmar, Nepal, Mauritius, Guyana, Singapore, Surinam, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Fiji. And is an optional holiday in Pakistan.
What happend on the night of Diwali.
On the same night that Diwali is celebrated, Jains celebrate a festival of lights to mark the attainment of moksha by Mahavira.
What do they use at the festival.
Oil and light lamps are used in high numbers in and around peoples' houses and properties to celebrate the festival. The festival commemorates the lighting that was done to bring Lord Rama and his wife Sita from the forest of Ayodhya.
Do they use effects.
Diyas light the houses; fireworks illuminate the skies and rangoli decorates the outside Hindu homes. They do this to attract Lakshmi, the goddess of good fortune.
Do they use light lamps.
Traditional diyas (light lamps) used during Diwali are earthen lamps, although plastic and metallic diyas have also become available recently. These diyas are filled with ghee or oil, and a cotton wick is used to bear the flame.
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