Well, my mind is still all bubbly with Jean Webster, so I don’t know HOW I can possibly write a serious essay, but I will do my best, though I have to say you are awfully lazy for not just researching it yourself! You can get to Google as well as I, can’t you? Now that I’ve said that I hope you don’t think me too rotten for judging you, but it IS true, so don’t be mad. This is only a short essay on Diwali and I will tell you more later after I have celebrated in true Hyderabadi style.
Diwali is called the Festival of Lights, and is one of the most well-known holidays on the Hindu calendar. It takes place on a different day every year, because the Hindus follow a lunar calendar, (read about it here), but it is usually in October or November. Diwali is five days long, but in Andhra Pradesh it is only two days, and in Hyderabad I have only heard reference to one day.
Diwali in Andhra Pradesh starts in the morning, when families go to the temple to offer Poojas. Houses are cleaned, new clothes are worn, and gifts are exchanged. At night, fireworks are set off and everything is lit up with small oil lamps called Diyas. Diwali is the celebration of the return of Rama from fourteen years of exile, after killing the demon king Ravana, and the Diyas are lit to guide Rama home. In another tradition, the diyas are lit to guide Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, to their homes.
There’s so much different information I don’t know what is right or wrong, but I’ve done my best to double check and I’ll be sure to tell you when I learn more.
Oh! And Diwali this year is November 13th.