Today is Day 2 of Diwali, a five day festival for Hindus that is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji.

Diwali actually means rows of lighted lamps and the celebration is known as a festival of lights. During the five days of Diwali, homes are thoroughly cleaned, windows are opened, and candles and lamps are lit to welcome Laksmi, goddess of wealth.  Gifts are exchanged and festive meals are prepared during Diwali (typically very rich foods and plenty of sweets are eaten). Diwali marks the beginning of the Hindu and Gujarati New Year and is often celebrated with lots of fireworks.

Diwali is a time of cheerfulness and togetherness. Wish your Hindu friends good tidings, won’t you? Exchange some sweets, light some fireworks, and enjoy each other.

Happy Diwali, oddlings.


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