Diwali (also spelled as Deepavali) is popularly known as the 'festival of lights' and is an ancient Hindu festival that symbolises the triumph of light over darkness and the renewal of life. It is a time for celebration in India and by Indian diasporas abroad, with families lighting lamps, candles and fireworks to symbolise the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil. Generally, it occurs between the days from mid-October to mid-November. For Hindus, the festival of Diwali the most important festivals of the year and it is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities over many days in their homes and work places. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC.

Sikhs celebrate this festival because of the returning of their sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, from the Gwalior Fort. This festival is celebrated by Hindus in the month of Kartik (according to Hindu month) which falls sometime during the months of October-November. It is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama from 14 years of exile and his victory over Ravana. In many parts of India Diwali is celebrated for five consecutive days and is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals in India. Diwali comes exactly twenty days after Dussehra. Hindus, and Sikhs alike regard it as a celebration of life and use the occasion to strengthen family and social relationships.

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A translation of Deepavali is 'row of lamps'. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps called diyas or deepas filled with oil and a cotton thread dipped into the oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. During festival people do lot of shopping and generally buy and clothes, electronics and silver products. Days before the Deepawali night cleanines of homes begins and people give sweets to friends and relatives. On the day of festival prepare dishes on Deepavali night, wear new clothers and burn crackers. 2-3 days before the festival day people put light on their houses and every house brightens up in the night. On the day of Deepawali and the day before it people lights the clay lamps on the wall base of their homes along with candles.

The festival starts with Dhanteras on which most Indian business communities begin their financial year. The second day of the festival, Naraka Chaturdasi, marks the vanquishing of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama. Amavasya, the third day of Deepawali, marks the worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth in her most benevolent mood, fulfilling the wishes of her devotees. It is on the fourth day of Deepawali, Kartika Shudda Padyami, that Bali went to patala and took the reins of his new kingdom in there. The fifth day is referred to as Yama Dvitiya (also called Bhai Dooj), and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes.

When is Diwali in 2011?

Diwali festival will be celebrated on Wednesday, 26th October, 2011 in India.

Diwali Gift Ideas?

The festival of Diwali is a way of showing gratefulness to the almighty for blessing with wealth and wisdom.

Tips for Diwali Gifts Selection

Diwali gifts must be wrapped with your sentiments & emotions and should be a present full of your warm feelings towards the person. A gift which is useful is mostly appreciated on the occasion of Diwali.
If you are giving the corporate Diwali gift then more care should be given while figuring out the most effective gift. Gift should be such that which conjures up the company's vision.
Diwali festival marks the onset of New Year in India therefore don't get settled down with the outdated gift items. Markets are flooded with the highly trendy and stylish gift items and all you need to just explore the best item out of them.

Ideal Diwali Gifts Ideas:

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