Diwali, is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of
righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. The word
Deepavali comes from the Sanskrit word which means row of lights. By
lighting the oil lamps, the Hindus are thanking the gods for the
happiness, knowledge, peace and wealth that they have received. This
is one of the most popular festivals in the Hindu calendar. The
first day of Diwali is also the Hindu New Year and New Year of
During Deepavali, houses are decorated and clay lamps are lit.
Hindus will be dressed in their new clothes. Most of the ladies
would be clad in silk saris or Punjabi suits of various bright
shades. Hindus particularly dislike dressing in black on that day,
as they consider black an inauspicious color for the festival.
Visiting Hindus during Deepavali, you will get to taste a wide
variety of delicious food. You are bound to be served with a
tempting spread of sweets.