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Diwali: A festival of lights


It’s fall. And with fall comes shorter days and longer nights. But Diwali, one of the biggest holidays celebrated in India, brings light to those otherwise dark nights.

Diwali has ties to multiple religious stories across several faiths, so the meanings that people associate with the holiday might vary. In broad terms, however, it often represents the triumph of light over darkness.

Known as the “Festival of Lights,” Diwali is widely observed by the lighting of oil lamps and decorating of homes with strings of twinkling lights. While it is rooted in religious tradition, the festival has also become a secular holiday in India, similar to how Christmas has come to be celebrated by many Christians and non-Christians alike in the U.S.

Diwali is one of the most important holidays for Hindus, some Buddhists and others who celebrate it. Diwali falls on a different date each fall, but it’s usually in October or November – with it landing on November 4 this year. The related festival takes place over five days, and in addition to lights and candles, the holiday is marked by the giving of gifts, the gathering of friends and family, the sharing of meals and the shooting off of fireworks.

A number of our offices are planning local Diwali celebrations, which are open to everyone interested in participating. Keep an eye out for details from your local InspirAsian leader. 

Happy Diwali to those who celebrate the holiday!



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