Three religions name this festival as very important: Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism.
Diwali, Divali Deepavali are all names for the festival often known as the festival of lights. It lasts for five days and this year runs from November 3 to 7. In Indian Hindu culture it is the most important festival of the year. What happens? In southern India special sweets are made and eaten, but often meat and alcohol is not.
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