Diwali is a holiday celebrated by a number of religions and represents the spiritual victory of the good in overcoming evil.
The festival is largely associated with Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth. Although the holiday is primarily associated with Hinduism, it is also celebrated by millions of Sikhs and Jains from around the world.
Every year Diwali is celebrated during the Hindu lunar month of Katrika. This falls between mid-October and mid-November.
Diwali 2020, often referred to as the “five day festival of lights,” began on Thursday November 12th. The main day of the celebrations took place on Saturday.
How to Wish Someone a Happy Diwali
There are several ways you can wish someone a happy Diwali, although any form of recognition and appreciation for the festival is positive.
Here are some of the most popular Diwali greetings:
- “I wish you a Diwali that will bring you and your whole family happiness, prosperity and joy. Happy Diwali”
- “May your life be as colorful, shimmering and magical as the lights of Diwali! Happy Diwali”
- “May every Diya enlighten your life and burn away all your troubles and problems that fill your life with happiness and prosperity forever! Happy Diwali!”
- “May the glow of joy, prosperity and happiness illuminate your life and your home on this auspicious festival of lights.”
- “A festival full of sweet childhood memories, a sky full of lights, a mouth full of candy and a heart full of joy. I wish you all a very happy Diwali.”
How to celebrate Diwali
One of the most symbolic gestures in all of Diwali is the lighting of diyas (earthen candles) to represent light that overcomes darkness, with good triumphing over evil.
The word “Diwali” comes from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” which means “row of illuminated lamps”.
On the main holiday, families traditionally met for Lakshmi Puja, a prayer dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi, followed by a banquet of traditional food and fireworks festivals.
The closing phase of the holiday season is spent on the first day of the New Year by exchanging gifts and congratulations, before the celebrations are concluded with a sumptuous meal between family members.