Diwali fell on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in 1988. Diwali typically lasts five days between mid-October to mid-November. The festival of Diwali is usually held on the darkest night, on the first night of the new moon.
Diwali means "Festival of Lights," and it is a time of renewal and signifies the ultimate victory of light over darkness. Diwali preparations can last several days or weeks as homes are cleaned and decorated, and colorful clothing and gifts are shopped for in preparation of the event. Lanterns and candles are placed both inside and outside the home, and prayers, feasting and fireworks culminate the evening.