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Diwali, the Hindu “festival of lights,” is an extremely popular holiday for multiple religions throughout southern Asia.
Diwali extends over five days and celebrates the victory of good over evil. The Times of India described Diwali as “a reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship and goodwill, and a religiously sanctioned celebration of the simple.” Fireworks, oil lamps, and sweets are common, making this a favorite holiday for children. The lamps are lit to help the goddess Lakshmi find her way into people’s homes.
Lighting oil lamps and candles, setting off fireworks and prayer.
Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on this date. Hindu employees will likely request to have this date off.