Diwali, also known as the "festival of lights" is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in the fall every year. Diwali is one of the largest and brightest festivals in India and signifies the victory of good over evil. Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light candles and turn on lamps inside and outside their home and participate in family prayers (typically to the goddess of wealth and prosperity).
After prayers, fireworks follow, then a family feast including delicious sweets and teas, and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. Diwali also marks a major shopping period in nations where it is celebrated.
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