On Sunday October 30th, the Festival of Lights called Diwali will be celebrated by our Hindu friends. One of the major festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, 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.
Diwali, is a five-day festival celebrated by millions all over the world every fall. The festival is observed by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, with its main theme the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Also commonly referred to as the festivals of lights, houses are decorated with candles and colourful lights. The festival coincides with Hindu New year and light, seen as a metaphor for self-improvement, represents new beginnings. Each faith has its own reasons to celebrate the festival, however, for many, Diwali celebrates the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom in northern India from exile after defeating the demon king Ravanna in 15th century BC. Diwali also pays tribute to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and lanterns are lit to guide her into people's homes.