Diwali (short for Deepavali, meaning 'line of lamps'), also known as the Festival of Lights is a
Hindu, Sikh, and Jain festival that originated in India.
It celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Diwali signifies many
different things to different people. For most Hindus, Diwali is dedicated to the Goddess of
Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. In Bengal, Diwali honours the goddess Kali.
For Sikhs, the festival commemorates the return of the sixth guru to the Holy city of Amritstar after his release from detention. For the Jain community, it commemorates the passing into Nirvana of Mahavira. It also may be the beginning of a new year for farmers who plant their crops after Diwali, as well as for business people and merchants who traditionally settle all accounts on this day and begin the new financial year. Everywhere it is celebrated, it signifies the renewal of life.
To celebrate this joyous and important festival, people get together with friends and family,
exchange gifts of sweets and greet each other with the words 'Subh Diwali’. Some set off
fireworks and wear new clothes. Many light little clay lamps, called dipas or diyas, candles and even neon lights.
Schools will be acknowledging this festival through a variety of activities that promote sharing and understanding among students and staff.
We join you in wishing your students, staff, and members of the community who celebrate
Diwali, a happy and festive time with friends and family.