Happy Diwali! The Hindu festival of Lights, which is celebrated all over the world, begins today. It lasts five days and Hindus celebrate it with food, dancing, parties and lots of lights.The International Business Times says that "the festival symbolizes the victory of light over dark, good over evil, and knowledge over darkness, and honors of the return of Hindu god Rama to his kingdom after years of exile." The Times also has an excellent slide show of Diwali celebrations.
BuzzFeed also has some great images in a story called "30 Wonderful Things that Happen Every Diwali." One of the things that happen, according to BuzzFeed, is that doorsteps are "decorated with beautiful, colorful rangoli" like the one below.
Here are some other Diwali resources.
- BBC religion
- BBC News, Diwali celebrations 2013: Your pictures
- Diwali/Deepavali in United States
- 14 Beautiful Images of Hindu Festival Diwali fromBuzzFeed
And here is an NPR news story about the holiday.