Hindu festival of lights is getting close. Are you ready for Diwali's celebration?
We've got all the facts you want to know about the annual festival celebrated by millions of people around the globe.
Following we're going to expose all the facts you should know if you're not familiar with the annual festivity.
Why is it called Diwali?
Diwali is one of the most important festivals for Hindus. It means row of lights and signifies the triumph of good over evil according to the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita. It's said that after serving 14 years in exile, Rama returned to the city of Ayodhya and vanquished the 10-headed demon king Ravana, who had kidnapped his wife. As a result, residents of the city lit rows of clay lamps to celebrate Lord Rama's triumph. Nowadays, Diwali also represents the Hindu, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains New Year and lasts 5 days.
When do we celebrate it in 2016?
Diwali's festival is on different dates every year because it's calculated by the position of the moon and the Hindu lunar calendar. This year, Diwali falls on Sunday 30th October and ends at 3rd November.
What should you do to celebrate Diwali?
People decorate their homes and workplaces with diyas or lighting oil lamps and candles. Large fireworks are displayed to mark the return of Rama. However, each Diwali's day has its own rituals. For instance, on the first day, observers clean their homes; on the secvond day, they decorate their homes with colourful floor patterns; on the third day, lamps are lit in the streets and prayers are offered to Lakshmi before the evening feasts; on the 4th day husbands and wifes celebrate their union and on the final day it's the brother and sister relationship what's celebrated.
And you? How will you celebrate Diwali?