WHAT IS DIWALI?
Diwali is one of the happiest holidays in Indian culture. People clean their homes and decorate them for the festivities. Diwali is one of the biggest shopping seasons for those who celebrate; people buy new clothes for themselves and for their families, as well as gifts, appliances, kitchen utensils, even expensive items, such as cars and gold jewelry. People also buy gifts for friends and other family members, which typically include sweets, dried fruits, and seasonal specialties, depending on regional harvests and customs.
It is also the period where children hear ancient stories, legends, myths, about battles between good and evil or lightness and darkness, from their parents and elders. Houses are decorated with rangoli designs on doors and in walkways. Youths and and adults, alike, help with lighting and preparing for patakhe (fireworks).
Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs to mark different historical events, stories, or myths, but they all symbolize the knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair.