Diwali also spelled Devali (hindi – दीवाली, Tamil – தீபாவளி) in certain regions or Deepavali, is popularly known as the “festival of lights”.
Diwali, as the most important holiday, always begins on the fifteenth day of the Hindu month of Kartik (late October / early November), 20 days after Dasahra to new moon. By longitude difference it can ever happen that in the West Indies, Europe or America will be celebrated one day later than in the East Indies.
The origin of the festival lies in the return of the divine king Ram (the incarnation of goodness and light) over 5,000 years ago. He defeated King Ravana (the personification of evil and darkness), thus bringing the light back into the land of Ayodhya.
To illuminate the practice at the “Festival of Lights” (Diwali = “row of lights”), the whole house with oil lamps and tea lights to the new beginning is still visible, refers to this traditional lore.
The holiday itself, depending on the region take one to five days and each of the holidays has its own symbolic focus.
Basically, the religious significance of Diwali is similar to our Christmas party. The splendidly decorated with garlands shopping streets of India, the desire to make gifts and return to friends and family, also have many parallels to our Christian outside custom.
Another important aspect is of course the food is prepared for the occasion with a special love, love, and brought away, when the families visit each other in the evening.
Music and dance, good humor and conviviality characterize the positive atmosphere of these five special holidays.