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by Krissa Stewart, Library Intern, Summer 2017

Diwali: October 19, 2017  Festival of Lights; celebration of the victory of good over evil

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights and one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism. So popular, that several countries have declared it a national holiday. Diwali signifies the triumph of light over darkness, signified by the millions of lights shining in the communities where it is celebrated. Diwali starts days before the actual celebration, when people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and workplaces, praying for prosperity in the coming year. On the night of Diwali, people dress in new or their best clothing, light lamps and candles inside and outside their homes, participating in family prayers, watching fireworks, feasting, eating sweets, and exchanging gifts.