Diwali, the festical of lights: Dipawali is one of the biggest holidays in Indian culture and their tradition, this five-day festival of lights is today getting celebrated around the world by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. Diwali 2016, the traditional day of lights falls on Oct. 30, though celebrations of Dipawali marks the triumph of good over evil.
Diwali is celebrated because of the tale of Lord Rama and his wife Sita, who returned to the city of Ayodhya after 14 years in exile. In the Indian epic poem Ramayana, Lord Rama defeats the evil 10-headed king Ravana and rescues Sita, whom Ravana had kidnapped.
According to the legend, Lord Rama’s devotees in Ayodhya filled the city with flowers and lit rows of clay lamps to welcome him and Sita back, signifying good vanquishing evil.
To celebrate Diwali, Indians across the world light fireworks and candles and decorate their homes with rangoli—patterns made out of colored rice or powder. Families clean their houses, buy new clothes, eat sweets and share presents.