October 19,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

“If you notice some lamps and lights and fireworks tonight at some of your neighbors homes, they are most likely celebrating festival of lights, called Diwali. Tonight the moon is going to be dark and we light lamps to celebrate victory of good over evil. ” Saurabh Dani

A five-day Hindu festival of lights, Diwali is held in Autumn between October and November and marks the beginning of the financial year in India.

Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere. It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the dark night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika in Bikram Sambat calendar, on the 15th of the month. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.