Why Do We Celebrate Diwali? Exploring the Festival's Significance

BY: Atul Singh

Diwali unites Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists—symbolizing victory of light, good, knowledge over darkness, evil, ignorance.

Diwali: 20 days post Dussehra, marks Rama's return, victory over Ravana, worshipping deities, decorations, and festivities.

Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Ganesha, god are worshipped on Deepavali. People light lamps decorate their homes.

Diwali celebrated globally by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists—1.2B Hindus, 25M Sikhs, 6M Jains, 2M Buddhists participate.

Diwali celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and globally in diaspora like UK, US, Canada.

Diwali in Kartik month, Hindu calendar. Typically October/November. Follows harvest of kharif crops like rice, pulses, millets.

Deepavali, "lamp row," symbolizes light's victory over darkness. Celebrants light rows of lamps, marking prosperity and knowledge.

Diwali festivities: clean, decorate, light lamps, rangolis, fireworks, gifts, worship. Sweets, shopping, reconnecting with family.