Diwali is an ancient Indian festival of lights. It is usually celebrated in the autumn season in India.The literal translation of Diwali (also often spelled Divali or Dipavali) is an array of lights.
On Diwali night people light up candles and lamps and decorate their houses. The festive mood brings happiness and harmony among people as they exchange presents and sweets among friends and family members. The celebration generally concludes with a spectacular displays of fireworks.
Diwali was always the festival that I eagerly looked forward to every year when I was a child. Children in India thoroughly enjoy the festivities. As well as helping to decorate the house, lighting lamps and (especially for boys) lighting fireworks, they receive lots of sweets and new dresses and get plenty of time to play along with visiting family friends and relatives.
Christchurch will be celebrating Diwali on Saturday, the 25th of October 2014 at the Horncastle Arena. The festivities include various cultural performances, food and craft stalls, workshops, and exhibitions. Now regularly held every year, the Diwali festival has become one of the most popular events in October attracting huge crowds. Make sure you don’t miss out on the fun!
- Find resources about Diwali in our catalogue
- Read about Diwali in the World Book Reference Center
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