Diwali in India: How the Festival of Lights is celebrated
By Naomi Canton, CNN
6 minute read
1:52 PM EST, Thu November 8, 2018
Celebrating Diwali —
Diwali is a five-day Hindu festival, known as the Festival of Lights. It is a contraction of the word Deepavali, which means row of lights in Sanskrit.
A cause for celebration —
Diwali is not only celebrated by Hindus, it is also an occasion for celebration by Jains and Sikhs (pictured). The Sikhs celebrate Diwali to mark the return of the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment and also managed to release 52 political prisoners at the same time from Gwalior fort by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619.