Hindu, Sikh and Jain faiths celebrate the festival
Diwali, a five-day festival of lights, is held on the darkest night of the Hindu lunar calendar, ushering in new beginnings just before the arrival of the new moon.
It spiritually signifies the victory of good over evil. The holiday kicks off today and, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, is primarily celebrated by followers of the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain faiths.
The almanac says, “the name comes from Sanksrit dipavali, meaning ‘row of lights.’ On the night of Diwali, celebrants light dozens of candles and clay lamps (called diyas), placing them throughout their homes and in the streets to light up the dark night.
“In most of India, Diwali consists of a five-day celebration that peaks on the third day with the main celebration of Diwali. In other places where Diwali occurs, usually only the main day is celebrated.”