Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali 2017 – the best wishes, messages and greetings for the Festival of Lights

What is Diwali, what day is it and how to people celebrate? What are the best messages to celebrate the event?

Diwali is a big event that’s celebrated by Hindus, Sihhs, Jains and some Buddhists too.

This religious celebration – the start of the Hindu New Year for some Indian communities – is in honour of the return of Lord Rama after the defeat of demon king Ravana.

When Rama returned from 14 years of exile, during which defeated Ravana and his demon hordes, the jubilant villagers lit the way back home with lamps.

For this reason, Diwali is seen as representing the triumph of good or evil and is celebrated with the lighting of candles and lamps in homes, businesses and places of worship.

When is Diwali and why does the date change every year?The event is also linked to Lakshmi, the goddess of weath and prosperity, who was born on the first day of the five-day festival and married to Vishnu on the main night of Diwali.

For Sikhs, Diwali is when Guru Har Robind freed himself from prison, and for Jains it was when Mahavira achieved nirvana.

When is Diwali?

For 2017, the main night of Diwali is on Thursday, October 19.

Diwali is also celebrated for two nights before and after that.

The date changes each year because it’s tied to the new moon in the Hindu month of Kartika, but Diwali is always between mid-October and mid-November.

This is what happens on each of the five days of Diwali.

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How is it celebrated?

Before Diwali night, people clean their homes and offices and, on the night itself, they dress in their best clothes.

Lamps and candles are lit, fireworks are set off and there are prayers, a family feast and exchange of gifts.

People wish each other a Happy Diwali as part of this annual occasion.

Best Diwali wishes, quotes, greetings and messages

Some of the top greetings for Diwali could include things like these commonly-shared quotes:

May your life be as colourful,

shimmering and magical

as the lights of Diwali!

Happy Diwali

Diwali celebrations in Soho Road, Handsworth, in 2016 saw dancers from the Gabhru Punjab De Dance Group perform

May every aspect of your life

be as luminous and wonderful

as the lights on the

lamps of Diwali

Happy Diwali

Wishing you a Diwali that brings

Happiness, prosperity and joy

To you and all your family

Happy Diwali

Diwali is celebrated by thousands of families in Birmingham

May the cheerful celebrations

Of this divine festival

Fill your heart with

joy and happiness!

Happy Diwali

Diwali lights to celebrate the Hindu festival

May the lights of Diwali lamps

Light up your life

And fill it with endless

health and wealth

Happy Diwali

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