Diwali also called Divali, Deepavali or the “Festival of Lights”, is an important five day festival in the Hindu calendar occurring between mid-October and mid-November. The name “Diwali” or “Divali” is a contraction of deepavali which literally means a “Row of Lights.” It is a time filled with light and love; a time when Hindus all over the world rejoice.
The meanings of Diwali, it’s symbols and rituals, and the reasons for celebration are many. In general, it signifies the triumph of good over evil, of righteousness over treachery, of truth over falsehood and of light over darkness. Additionally, it is a holy time in which prayers are offered to Maha Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.