People in Dhaka, Bangladesh, lit diyas in a pattern.
People in Dhaka, Bangladesh, lit diyas in a pattern.

Diwali Lights Up!

Millions of people celebrate a Hindu event called Diwali.

Light darkness — and good beats evil. That’s a central message of the Diwali festival. Millions of people around the world celebrate the event each year by lighting candles, firecrackers, and fireworks. This festival lasts for five days. This year, it runs from November 10 to November 15. The main day of Diwali shined on November 12.

Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights, and it’s one of the most important events in the Hindu religion. People mark the moment all over the Asian nation of India. Diwali has spread to other parts of the world too, with celebrations happening on almost every continent!

“Diwali is one of the best holidays ever!” a reader named Ishaan told News-O-Matic. “I always celebrate Diwali by making diyas.” Those are small lamps that people light during the festival. They’re often made of clay, but many people make another version out of paper. Ishaan said the diyas “light the way for the hero Ram.” That’s an important god in the Hindu religion — also called Rama or Ramachandra.

Some lights were shining extra bright in 2023. A Diwali celebration at the Saryu River in Ayodhya, India, broke a Guinness world record by lighting more than 2.22 million oil lamps! The lights burned for 45 minutes while the sound of Hindu religious songs rang out.

Another big part of Diwali is spending time with family and friends. People may light firecrackers, eat sweets, wear new clothes, and decorate their homes and streets. Some people make beautiful designs out of colored powder. This is called rangoli. The designs may use chalk, paint, and flower petals too!

There are also some challenges with this holiday. All the   add a lot of smoke to India’s air, and the big Asian nation is already struggling with high levels of air pollution. Luckily, before the main day, rain and wind helped clear the air a bit for Diwali.

This shows that even in dark times, light moments can still come out on top. And that’s what Diwali is all about!

Updated November 13, 2023, 5:03 P.M. (ET)
By Ashley Morgan

Diwali Lights Up!

Millions of people celebrate a Hindu event called Diwali.

People in Dhaka, Bangladesh, lit diyas in a pattern.
People in Dhaka, Bangladesh, lit diyas in a pattern.

Light darkness — and good beats evil. That’s a central message of the Diwali festival. Millions of people around the world celebrate the event each year by lighting candles, firecrackers, and fireworks. This festival lasts for five days. This year, it runs from November 10 to November 15. The main day of Diwali shined on November 12.

Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights, and it’s one of the most important events in the Hindu religion. People mark the moment all over the Asian nation of India. Diwali has spread to other parts of the world too, with celebrations happening on almost every continent!

“Diwali is one of the best holidays ever!” a reader named Ishaan told News-O-Matic. “I always celebrate Diwali by making diyas.” Those are small lamps that people light during the festival. They’re often made of clay, but many people make another version out of paper. Ishaan said the diyas “light the way for the hero Ram.” That’s an important god in the Hindu religion — also called Rama or Ramachandra.

Some lights were shining extra bright in 2023. A Diwali celebration at the Saryu River in Ayodhya, India, broke a Guinness world record by lighting more than 2.22 million oil lamps! The lights burned for 45 minutes while the sound of Hindu religious songs rang out.

Another big part of Diwali is spending time with family and friends. People may light firecrackers, eat sweets, wear new clothes, and decorate their homes and streets. Some people make beautiful designs out of colored powder. This is called rangoli. The designs may use chalk, paint, and flower petals too!

There are also some challenges with this holiday. All the   add a lot of smoke to India’s air, and the big Asian nation is already struggling with high levels of air pollution. Luckily, before the main day, rain and wind helped clear the air a bit for Diwali.

This shows that even in dark times, light moments can still come out on top. And that’s what Diwali is all about!

Updated November 13, 2023, 5:03 P.M. (ET)
By Ashley Morgan

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