India’s DIWALI festival is one of the most joyous times to be in the country – lots of family and community gatherings, lamps lit in windows, and of course firecrackers going off day and night.
Diwali is, I think, the only festival that occurs in the whole of India.
Also known as Deepavali, a Sanskrit word meaning “rows of lighted lamps”, it is one of the most popular Hindu festivals celebrated across South Asia. But it is also celebrated by Jains and Sikhs.
Known as “the festival of lights”, it celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
In my home city of Melbourne, Australia, DIWALI is big and celebrations take over the city centre’s Federation Square.
Happy Diwali – to all in the world, happiness in light, good and knowledge.