Nov 7, 2018 by Nyasha Bailey
Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
Days before Diwali, people clean their houses and workplaces and on the day of the festival they decorate their homes with lights and candles, lighting small oil lamps called “diyas”. On the day of Diwali, fireworks are performed followed by offering sweets and exchange of gifts among families, friends, and relatives.
Here is an article (from 2016) that does a great job of outlining the principles and explaining more about this history and traditions around Diwali.
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