Divali, or Deepavali, is a major Indian festival, significant in Hinduism and Jainism and Sikhism. Celebrated by Hindus,Jains and Sikhs across the globe, as the “Festival of Lights,” where the lights or lamps signify the uplighting of darkness and victory of good over the evil within.
The day also commemorated the homecoming of King Rama of Ayodhya, after a 14-year exile in the forest, and thus the people of Ayodhya (the capital of his kingdom) welcomed him back by lighting up rows of lamps (deepa-wali), thus its name, Deepawali, or simply shortened as Divali.
The celebrations focus on lights and lamps, particularly traditional d?pa or deeya (earthen lamp), and fireworks. Though colloquially called Divali in North India, in South India it is called Deepavali. more
I wish all the Hindus a fantastic Festival of Lights. Happy Divali.
Happy Holiday to everyone else =) Do not eat too much during this celebration if not you will face the same problem as in the comic above. haha.