What is Diwali?


Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. The word “Diwali” means row of lamps. Diwali symbolizes good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. It celebrates Rama’s victory over the evil spirit, Ravana, and his triumphant return home. Goddess Lakshmi chose Lord Vishnu as her husband on the night of Diwali as well. There are five days of Diwali. They are…

  1. Dhanteras – the celebration of wealth and prosperity
  2. Kali Choudous – the day to abolish bad habits 
  3. Diwali Day – the celebration of Lord Rama’s return from 14 years of exile
  4. New Year – the celebration of a new beginning and the start of the next year
  5. Bhai Beech – the celebration of brothers and sisters 

People celebrate Diwali by lighting diyas (lamps), eating mithai (sweets), doing fireworks, making rangoli, decorating their homes, shopping, praying/puja, visiting temples, exchanging gifts, and gathering with friends and family. 

This Year

Diwali is held usually in October and November. Diwali was on November 12, 2023, this year. It is celebrated to mark the beginning of a new year. 



Rangoli is an artwork full of colorful designs, patterns, and shapes. It is made out of special colorful powders. People make rangoli in their houses on the floor. It can also be seen at temples. It is used as decoration to enlighten the house and welcome guests. 

As you can see, Diwali is one of the most colorful and beautiful festivals in the world. It is celebrated by many people in India. People celebrate with their families and friends. They make rangoli and decorate their houses. Diwali is known as the “festival of lights.” The five days of Diwali are Dhanteras, Kali Choudous, Diwali Day, New Year, and Bhai Beech.

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    Mr. LoverskyApr 22, 2024 at 9:57 am

    This was super interesting. Thank you for sharing!!

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    Bansi PatelDec 22, 2023 at 11:17 am

    Is the picture Gandhinagar Akshardham?

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      Riya ShahFeb 22, 2024 at 8:40 pm

      No. It is not Akshardham in New Jersey.

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    Haileigh PrillDec 21, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    What an awesome Holiday! It’s so pretty. I love the vibrant colors and the meaning behind Diwali! Great article, guys!!