This week I went to see the Diwali lights in Mahim with Heeru. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, celebrated in Autumn every year to signify the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. The main festival night of Diwali is the new moon - the darkest night.
Before Diwali people clean and decorate their homes and dress up in new clothes and light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their homes. They pray to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and light fireworks. Special food includes mithai (sweets) and an exchange of gifts.