Diwali, also known as Deepavali or the Festival of Lights, is one of the most important holidays for Hindus. Often compared to Christmas in the west, this holiday is celebrated with different forms of light that symbolize the victory of good over evil. The five-day festival straddles the new moon, with different celebrations on each day. This year, the main day of celebrations took place on Saturday, Nov. 14.
As per the Hindu epic “Ramayana,” Diwali is the day when Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman returned to the city of Ayodhya after spending 14 years in forests.