Diwali, which for some coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, is worshipped as the bringer of blessings for the new year.
Diwali also known as Deepavali is celebrated on the 15th lunar day of the month of Kartik in the Hindu calendar. The dates change in reference to the English calendar but usually fall between mid-October and mid-November. This year, it takes place on Sunday November 12.
The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning “rows of lighted lamps”. Diwali is a national festival that is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains and some Newar Buddhists. Traditions include many lights and oil lamps being lit on the streets and in houses and people gathering with relatives for feasts. Often fireworks and festivities are a big part of the occasion.
On behalf of my office, I wish all who are celebrating a very Happy, bright and prosperous Diwali!