Deepawali, the Festival of Lights, is a 5 day Hindu festival which occurs on the fifteenth day of Hindu Calendar month of Kartika. Deepawali when translated means “rows of lighted lamps” and the occasion is also referred to as the Festival of Lights.
During Deepawali, homes are cleaned and windows are opened to welcome Shree Lakshmi, the Divine Deity of Wealth & Prosperity. Lamps, lights and candles are lit as a greeting to Mata Lakshmi. Gifts & Sweet Prasad are exchanged, and festive meals are prepared during Deepawali. Because there are many beliefs and regions in India ie Bharat, there are myriad manifestations of the Deepawali festival.