- Another year will be over, another year will come. We hope and pray that the lights of Diwali illuminate the new chapter of your life. Happy Diwali!
The festival of lights, called Diwali, is on Sunday this year. The festival is celebrated with lighting oil lamps, known as diyas, and candles, along with fireworks displays.
The festival, which falls on a different date every year but always in October or November (depending on the phase of the moon), honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. The festival is celebrated with friends and family, with every household enjoying sweets and exchanging gifts. Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains all celebrate Diwali, which is also called Deepavali.
In Hindu mythology, Diwali was celebrated to welcome Lord Rama and his wife Sita after they returned to their kingdom following a 14-year exile and defeating demon-king Ravana.