10 Things You Need to Know About the Festival of Light and Joy

Diwali, Festival of colors, Diwali Facts

By Ankur Chowdhury

Diwali is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the Hindu month of Kartika

In business terms, Diwali signals a new term for businesses as they open new accounting books and farmers end the harvest season with Diwali signaling the onset of winter.

Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit fusion word Dīpāvali, formed from the word- dīpa.

Diwali is meant to celebrate the "victory of good over evil”. It also refers to the light of higher knowledge, dispelling all kinds of known ignorance.

Many see Diwali honoring the return of lord Rama, his wife Sita and Lakshmana from exile. But for some other natives, Diwali marks the return of Pandavas after 12 years of Vanvas and one year of Agyatavas in the other ancient Hindu epic called the Mahabharata.

In India's eastern region, such as West Bengal, Lakshmi is not worshiped, only deity Kali is worshiped and the festival is called Kali Puja

Diwali is called Deepavali in Kannada, literally meaning “Rows of Light”.

After India, England celebrates Diwali with tremendous enthusiasm, according to IBT.

Ganesha is seen as the God of good beginnings and the fabled remover of obstacles. Therefore, during Diwali, he is placed side by side with Lakshmi.

In Malaysia, Diwali is a National Public Holiday and is celebrated as Hari Diwali.