Many people immediately think of Halloween and Christmas when it comes to winter holidays, but in the Hindu culture there’s another reason to celebrate – Diwali! Diwali is also known as the festival of lights, and is celebrated by millions of people around the world. This year it falls on October 23rd.
Diwali originated in India as a celebration of light. In fact the world Diwali comes from “deepavali”, meaning “row of lamps.” It is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs, although over the years it has been incorporated into many different cultures around the world. It is known as the “Festival of Lights” because in celebration people light many small clay lamps called “diyas” around their homes to represent the victory of good over evil and to invite good luck and prosperity from the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi and the God Ganesh.
A very Happy Diwali to all those celebrating from the Colours Photo and Film Team.