Every October/November the streets of India erupt with colour and sound as Deepavali, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated.
Deepavali or Diwali, honours Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, and during this festival people decorate their homes with lamps, known as diyas, and other decorations, to welcome Lakshmi in.
The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over dark. You’ll see celebratory fireworks all over the country (it is believed that the loud bangs and the bright lights chase away evil spirits).
Diwali is a time to be with family and friends, to celebrate the good things in life and to look forward to prosperity, and it is a magical time to be in India. Countries with a large Hindu population also celebrate Diwali, including Sri Lanka, Malaysia & Mauritius.