Diwali, Deepavali or Dipavali is a four to five day-long festival of lights, which is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists every autumn in the northern hemisphere.
Diwali celebrations include puja (prayers) to Lakshmi and Ganesha. Lakshmi is of the Vaishnavism tradition, while Ganesha of the Shaivism tradition of Hinduism.
Light is a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness.
More light holidays:
- Galungan – the Balinese Hindu festival of dharma's victory over adharma
- Hanukkah – the Jewish festival of lights
- Lantern Festival – the Chinese festival of lanterns
- Saint Lucy's Day – the Christian festival of lights
- Walpurgis Night – the German festival of bonfires
- Date: November 14 2020
- Also Called: Diwali, Deepavali, Dipavali
- Significance: Victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
- Celebrations: Diya and lighting, home decoration, shopping, fireworks, puja (worship ceremonies), gifts, performing religious rituals, feast and sweets
- Observed By: Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists
- Religious Type: Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Newar Buddhism