Diwali - The Festival of Lights
A 4-5 day celebration, held during October to November by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, during which clay lamps, diyas, are lit to signify the victory of good over evil. Diwali marks the beginning of the New Year and is the biggest and brightest festival, celebrated with feasts, family, friends and fireworks. The emphasis on light represents both the peace of inner light and the triumph of knowledge over ignorance, light over darkness. Homes are decorated, legends are spoken, and prayers are shared. The traditional five days of Diwali include Dhanteras (Day of Fortune), Naraka Chaturdasi (Day of Knowledge), Diwali (Day of Light), Annakut (New Year), and Bhai Dui (Day of Love Between Siblings).