This week, South Asians are celebrating one of their happiest holidays… the Festival of Lights also called “Diwali” or “Deepavali.” Utah has proclaimed “Diwali” to be a state festival. Various towns and cities across the US hold celebrations.
People clean their homes and decorate with colored powders. Special lamps and candles are lit both inside and outside. It is the biggest shopping season of the year in South Asia with people buying new clothes and expensive items, as well as lots of gifts. Harvest foods and sweets are savored. It is a time for ancient stories about the victory of good over evil or light over darkness. Prayers are offered to their deities, especially Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth and prosperity). And at night, fireworks burst across the sky.