Diwali is a holiday celebrated by a number of religions, representing the spiritual victory of good overcoming evil.
The festival is largely linked to Lakshmi – the goddess of prosperity. Though the holiday is mostly associated with Hinduism, millions of Sikhs and Jains from all over the world also celebrate it.
Every year, Diwali is celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month of Katrika. This falls between mid-October and mid-November.
Often referred to as the ‘five-day festival of lights’, 2020’s Diwali began on Thursday November 12, with the main day of celebrations taking place on Saturday.
How to wish someone a happy Diwali
There are a variety of different ways you can wish someone a happy Diwali, though any form of recognition and appreciation for the festival is positive.
Here are some of the most popular Diwali greetings:
- “Wishing you a Diwali that brings happiness prosperity and joy to you and all your family. Happy Diwali”
- “May your life be as colourful, shimmering and magical as the lights of Diwali! Happy Diwali”
- “May each diya illuminate your life and burn all your trouble and problems filling your life with happiness and prosperity forever! Happy Diwali!”
- “On this auspicious festival of lights, may the glow of joy, prosperity and happiness illuminate your life and your home.”
- “A festival full of sweet childhood memories, a sky full of lights, mouth full of sweets and heart full of joy. Wishing You All A Very Happy Diwali.”
How to celebrate Diwali
One of the most symbolic gestures throughout Diwali is the lighting of diyas (earthen candles) to represent light overcoming darkness, good triumphing evil.
The word ‘Diwali’ originates from the Sanskrit word ‘Deepavali’, which means ‘row of lighted lamps’.
On the main day of celebration, families would traditionally get together for Lakshmi puja, a prayer dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi followed by a banquet of traditional food and firework festivities.
The closing stages of the holiday period are spent by exchanging gifts and well-wishes on the first day of the new year, before signing off from the festivities with a lavish meal between family members.