The highlight of the India festival calendar is Diwali, the festival of lights. Better described as the festival of fireworks, Diwali or Deepavali is celebrated over several days in November. The actual day of Diwali is the 15th day of the month of Kartika, according to the Hindu lunar calendar, but the festivities last five days (and beyond). Diwali 2018 falls on the 7th of November. Check out also this National Geographic video:
What is Diwali?
The Sanskrit word Deepavali translates as “rows of lights” and means little oil lamps or diyas that are lit at night during Diwali in and outside of houses, in gardens and on garden walls, outside shops and businesses and on the streets. Diwali is like India’s Christmas: one of the biggest parties around. It is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, and as with most festivals in India, the legends and traditions associated with Diwali and the ways to celebrate vary in different parts of the country. Just one thing is common: the fireworks.