Deepawali or Diwali is the biggest of all Hindu festivals. Known as the “Festival of lights”, this marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year according to the Lunar Calendar. Translated, it means “Row of lights” (From Sanskrit: Dipa = lamp / awali = row, line). It celebrates the victory of goodness over Evil and Light over Darkness as it ushers in the New Year.
Diwali, celebrated in November this year, originated as a harvest festival. This marked the last harvest of the year, usually before winter. People would seek the divine blessing of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth as they prayed for success at the outset of a brand New Year. During the Diwali festival, traditional music can be heard across the golden valley of tea where the bungalows are located. This is known to be one of the most glamorous Hindu Festivals.