Diwali, also known as the “Festival of Light” by some, welcomes Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists around the world celebrate it. It is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the Hindu era religion and is characterized by the use of stunning lights, candles and oil lamps, as well as decorative clothing, while families enjoy feasts together.

During this time, many shops, streets and houses will be brightly lit, which is said to serve as a metaphor for the light of knowledge, as the holiday symbolizes the victory of light over darkness.

What is Diva?

Dancers perform during Diwali celebrations in the square in Trafalgar Square in London.

Diwali is a holiday that marks many important events for Hindus; it marks the day when the goddess Durga destroyed a demon named Mahisha and commemorates the return of Sita and Rama to Ayodhya (an important pilgrimage site in India) after a 14-year exile.

It is also heavily associated with the goddess Lakshmi, who symbolizes success as well as prosperity, wealth and fertility. The word Diwali (or Deepavali) is said to be derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “row of lighted lamps”.

Each year, Diwali takes place after the harvest is completed to coincide with the new moon that occurs between October and November – symbolizing the victory of knowledge over ignorance, or in other words, light over darkness. The rainy season in the Indian subcontinent usually ends around October, which is why the festival takes place right when it marks the end of that time – symbolizing the beginning of the new year and the eve of in winter.

When is Christmas Eve?

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan lays a garland on a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh during Diwali celebrations in the square at Trafalgar Square in London.

During the Hindu month of Kartik, the dates of which are determined by position month, Diwa falls on the 15th day. This means that the date varies, but this year it takes place between October 22nd and 26th.

Each day of the festival has its own holiday, although these may vary by region and community rituals:

Dhanteras (Day of Fortune): October 22

Naraka Chaturdashi or Choti Diwa (Knowledge Day): October 23

It’s a miracle (Day of Light): October 24

Gudi Padva (First day of the moon phase): October 25

Bhai Duj (Day of Love Between Brothers and Sisters): 26 October

Can you say “Happy Divas”?

In many Western cultures, we celebrate our holidays and festivals with phrases like “Happy Halloween”, “Cheerful Christmas“, “Happy New Year” and so on, but this practice is incompatible with all cultures.

For example, in ChinaThe iconic Dragon Boat Festival, it would be considered inappropriate to wish someone a “happy” Dragon Boat Festival, as the historical context of the festival has dark roots. However, according to v Times of India saying “Happy Birthday” is fine, but there are longer greetings you can use.

How to wish someone on Diwali?

Celebration of Diwali in Great Britain They are reportedly the largest of their kind outside India British Sikh Association. So, chances are you know someone who is involved with the festival and you might want to convey your best wishes but say something other than “Happy Diwali”.

The Times of India released a list “to spread the festive spirit” during Diwali with the following suggestions:

Happy Divas to you and your loved ones.

Best Diwali wishes and greetings to you and your family.

Wishing everyone a very happy Diwali

On the occasion of Diwali, I wish you happiness and glory, prosperity and blessings. May you have a fantastic Diwali with your loved ones.

May the joy and fun of the magical festival of lights give you endless moments of joy and love.

May the Goddess of Wealth and the God of Knowledge bless you with their best blessings.

Let’s make this Diwali joyful and bright,

Let’s celebrate this festival of light in the true sense.

May the merriment of this wonderful Diwali festival fill your life with endless joy. Happy Diwali to you and those who matter to you!