- In North India, people celebrate the story of Rama's return to the ancient city of Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.
- In South India, people celebrate Diwali as the day Krishna defeated Narakasura.
- In western India, the festival marks the day that Vishnu sent Bali to rule the netherworld.
- Leister, England, may have the largest Diwali celebrations outside India, with more than 37,000 people attending the festivities.
- Some attendees have claimed the Diwali celebrations in Melbourne are the biggest public parties in Australia.
- In Nepal, Diwali is more frequently known as Tihar. In addition to traditional Diwali celebrations of family and good fortune, Tihar also honors pets and other animals with which people have strong relationships. Dogs, cats, crows, and cows are celebrated with special treats during Tihar.
- On the Caribbean island of Trinidad, the Diwali celebrations last nine days, not five.
- More than 100 communities in the United States plan Diwali festivals. One of the biggest celebrations takes place in Times Square, New York City.
- East African countries such as Kenya and Tanzania have large Indian communities and often have subdued Diwali celebrations.
- In the South American country of Guyana, Diwali is celebrated with a parade featuring lavish floats depicting Hindu deities.
management of financial information.
the art and science of cultivating the land for growing crops (farming) or raising livestock (ranching).
season between summer and winter. Also called fall.
person who follows the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha).
to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.
to design, garnish, or adorn with festive additions.
very holy or spiritual being.
evil spirit or magical creature.
having to do with a god.
Hindu festival of lights, celebrated every autumn throughout India by citizens of all faiths.
day or other period of time set to celebrate or commemorate an event, usually with a series of parties, ceremonies, or observances.
having to do with money.
controlled explosive devices that produce a striking display of light and loud noise, used for signaling or as part of a celebration.
most elevated title in the Sikh religion, applied to only 10 Sikh leaders who have provided divine guidance to humanity. The eleventh guru is the Sikh book of holy scriptures.
the gathering and collection of crops, including both plants and animals.
religion of the Indian subcontinent with many different sub-types, most based around the idea of "daily morality."
period of celebration or honor.
landmass in south-central Asia carried by the Indian tectonic plate, including the peninsula of India.
way of understanding an event or set of facts.
follower of the religion of Jainism, which supports nonviolence toward all living things.
spiritual principle mostly associated with Hinduism and Buddhism, in which the intentions and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual.
having to do with Earth's moon or the moons of other planets.
spiritual or mythological world and culture that exists beyond death.
dark phase of the lunar cycle when the moon is invisible or barely visible, occurring when the moon passes between the sun and earth.
in the Buddhist religion, an end to personal reincarnations, achieved by the highest enlightenment and freedom from personal passion, hatred, and delusion.
to begin or start.
hard-surfaced road or path created with asphalt, concrete, brick, or rocks.
ritual worship of a particular Hindu god.
folk art in which colorful and intricate designs are created on floors using colored sand, powder, flour, or flower petals.
to restore or make better.
not having to do with religion or spirituality.
brother or sister.
people and culture that believe in one God, equality, freedom of religion, and community service
having to do with the sun.
to represent an object, idea, organization, or geographical region.
tool or instrument for preparing or eating food.
honor, adoration, or glorification, usually to a religious god.