Diwali is the festival of lights. The significance of the lights is to portray the triumph of good over evil. These lights are kept lit throughout the night to welcome Goddess Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth.
Firecrackers are burnt on this day to drive the evil spirits away.
Diwali is a 5 day festival and each day has its own significance:
The festival starts with Dhanteras on which most Indian business communities begin their financial year.
The second day of the festival is called the Naraka Chaturdasi.
Amavasya, the third day of Diwali, marks the worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
The fourth day of Diwali is known as Kartika Shudda Padyami.
The fifth day is referred to as Yama Dvitiya (also called Bhai Dooj), and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes.
To signify this festival and to help everyone celebrate this together, The Indian Student Association (Drishti) is celebrating this festival on Nov-18-2012 at The University of Akron. Please do join us in the celebration J