Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, 1) ______ coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. The actual day of Diwali is traditionally celebrated on the festival's third day, which 2) ______ year falls on Thursday, October 23. The festival usually falls between the middle of October and the middle of November, although this is decided upon by the Hindu lunar calendar. 3) _______ each faith has its own reason to celebrate the festival, one of the most popular stories told is the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom in northern India from exile 4) _______ defeating the demon king Ravanna in the 15th century BC.
How is Diwali celebrated?
The festival is marked 5) ________ large firework displays, to remember the celebrations which, according to the legend, took place upon Rama's return as locals set 6) ________ their own version of fireworks. Those celebrating the festival 7) _________ light traditional earthen diyas (candles) and decorate their houses with colourful rangoli artworks - patterns created on the floor using coloured rice or powder. 8) _______ Diwali, families and friends share sweets and gifts and there is also a strong belief in giving food and goods to those in need. It is also traditional for homes to 9) _______ cleaned and new clothes to be worn at the time of the festival.
What is eaten during Diwali?
The food most closely associated with the festival 10) _______ Indian sweets, which come in a range of colours and flavours. The celebration however features various rich savoury and sweet dishes, and while eating 11) _______ is popular, families will mostly prepare food at home for when guests arrive to exchange gifts and watch fireworks. Unlike the traditional roast turkey at Christmas, each family celebrating Diwali will more than likely have its 12) ________ favourite meal for the festival, and the food will most often play a central theme to the celebrations.
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