2. Diwali

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While Holi is the Festival of Colors, Diwali is the Festival of Lights. Also called Deepavali, it normally takes place over five days toward November and marks the start of the Hindu New Year. Firecrackers are lit to drive away evil spirits and at night, thousands of candles and clay lamps bathe everything in a warm, golden light. There are regional variations to where Diwali comes from and exactly how it’s celebrated, but the lights usually represent the Inner Light, spiritual awareness and the fact that good always prevails.

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