Diwali or Deepavali is the festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Newar Buddhists.
One of the major festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil.
The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, between mid-October and mid-November.
Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja(prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends.
Diwali also marks a major shopping period in nations where it is celebrated.
Let’s celebrate the diversity of religions in the world and in the workplace!