Today, October 24, 2022 starts Diwali. One of the most important festivals in Hinduism. Diwali signifies the beginning of a new year and symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. Many people marking the holiday will be dressed in colorful, traditional clothing. They may light lamps outside their homes, gather to enjoy large feasts, and exchange gifts.
Diwali, or Dipawali, is India‘s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.
Diwali is one of the most popular holidays in India, stretching on for five days. There will be several events across our region and state marking Diwali including back-to-back weekends of festivities in Germantown. Hindus interpret the Diwali story based upon where they live. But there’s one common theme no matter where people celebrate: the victory of good over evil.
The County will also host an event marking the holiday on Friday, October 28 at the Executive Office Building on Monroe Street in Rockville from 6 – 8 p.m. Please RSVP at: https://bit.ly/3C5RCHb
Have a Happy and Safe Diwali!