Diwali, Divali, Deepavali or Dipavali is the festival of lights, which is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists every autumn in the northern hemisphere. See also Lantern Festival
(the Chinese festival of lanterns), Hanukkah
(the Jewish festival of lights).
The goddess Lakshmi
, who symbolizes wealth, happiness and prosperity, is also worshipped during Diwali.
Observances: Diya and lighting, home decoration, shopping, fireworks, puja (prayers), gifts, feast and sweets
Featured in religions: Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Newar Buddhism
Also called: Deepavali, Dipavali， Divali
Related to: Kali Puja, Galungan, Diwali (Jainism), Bandi Chhor Divas, Tihar, Swanti, Sohrai, Bandna