Travel Photos: Diwali, The Festival of Lights

Diwali or Deepavali is a 5-day long festival that marks the beginning of Hindu New Year according to the Lunar Calendar. It falls between mid-October and mid-November, and celebrated throughout the world.¬†Diwali literally means the ‘Festival of Lights‘. This festival celebrates the victory of goodness over evil and the light over darkness.¬†For Hindus, this is one of the most important festivals of the year, and an official holiday in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Guyana, Mauritius, Malaysia, Singapore, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Fiji. During the festival of lights, the top of doorways are hung with mango leaves and marigold flowers. On this special day, people exchange gifts, light firecrackers, cleans houses, wear new clothes and have festive meals with family and friends. It is also a custom among Hindus to pray to Lakshmi during this time, who is the Goddess of wealth, light, prosperity and wisdom. Here are some beautiful pictures of Diwali from around the world.

Diwali, The Festival of Lights Photos

Diwali Flower Garlands

Diwali Flower Garlands | (c) Photo By IB Travel

Diwali Celebrations

Diwali Celebrations | (c) Photo By Mt. Lavinia Hotel, Sri Lanka

Diwali Sweets

Diwali Sweets | (c) Photo By Cool Collections

Diwali Fireworks

Festival of Lights Fireworks in India | (c) Photo By DipNote

Lighting Lamps for Diwali in India

Lighting Lamps for Diwali in India | (c) Photo By On The Go Tours

Happy Diwali To Everyone!

4 Responses to “Travel Photos: Diwali, The Festival of Lights”

  1. Adeline says:

    That picture of the sweets looks almost way too beautiful too eat! Hope you had a wonder diwali, Shamis! :)

  2. vaivhav says:

    Diwali basically is the celebration over the triumph good over evil. When Ram returned after having defeated Ra-van. Its crazy to imagine that people have been bursting crackers every year for the last 2000 or so years.