The Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is one of the biggest religious festivals in Hinduism (although it is also celebrated by the Jains and the Sikhs). It goes on from the 13th day of the dark half of the lunar month Ashvin, to the second day of the light half of Karttika, lasting for five days. Each day represents a story that is associated to the festival. This year, it starts tomorrow, on Sunday 3rd of November.
The festival represents the victory of light over darkness, a time of prayer for wealth and knowledge. Its name comes from the word dipavali, that means “row of lights”. Hence, during the festival, lights, in the form of candles, earthenware oil and normal lamps, fireworks, are lighten all throughout India to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth (although in certain parts of India other gods are celebrated). Candles float in rivers, and are displayed on houses and temples, making many people say that it is a truly enchanting thing to experience.