The Indian festival of Diwali is a Hindu holiday that celebrates the inner light of the soul that protects from spiritual darkness. The holiday lasts a total of 5 days and is similar in importance to Hindus as Christmas is to Christians.
The celebration takes place in either October or November each year. The holiday began as a way to acknowledge the last harvest of the year. The holiday is associated with Lakshmi, who is the Hindu goddess of wealth. After the holiday, the new financial year begins. Hindus celebrate the holiday with fireworks, and families light candles and diyas throughout their homes. People also exchange gifts.