America is still about religious freedom and acceptance of all religions, no matter what the supremacists say. I pay attention to Diwali to honor my friends of Asian Indian heritage, I am grateful to live in NYC where my family has had the opportunity to meet folks of many different religious practices so that we can all learn from one another!
Diwali is one of the major religious festivals in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, lasting for five days from the 13th day of the dark half of the lunar month Ashvina to the second day of the light half of the lunar month Karttika. (The corresponding dates in the Gregorian calendar usually fall in late October and November.) The name is derived from the Sanskrit term dipavali, meaning “row of lights.” The festival generally symbolizes the victory of light over darkness.
Celebrate Diwali: the third day of Diwali is celebrated this year on Monday, October 24, 2022.
1. Diwali is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the Hindu month of Kartika. Hinduism is a major religion of India, and is considered to be the oldest religion in the world.
2. More than 800 million people celebrate this festival in various ways.
3. It is celebrated in honor of Lakshmi – the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity.
4. The festival also marks the return of the Lord Rama and Sita after completing fourteen years in exile.
5. The word Diwali means “the row of lighted lamps (diyas)” in Hindi.
6. The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness.
7. Diwali also marks a major shopping festival in the places where it is celebrated. There are special discounts and offers that businesses provide to their customers. Buying new things during this festival is considered to be good.
8. It is the most famous, biggest and brightest festival of India, and is celebrated for five days.
9. It is a national holiday in India, Trinidad & Tobago, Myanmar, Nepal, Mauritius, Guyana, Singapore, Suriname, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Fiji. And is an optional holiday in Pakistan.
10. The English city of Leicester hosts the biggest Diwali celebrations outside of India. In America, the largest celebration of Diwali is in Times Square, NYC.
Reprint: Info courtesy of 27 Interesting Facts About Diwali 2020 – The Fact File!