Diwali

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Di·wa·li

 (dĭ-wä′lē)
n.
A five-day festival observed by Hindus, Sihks, and Jains in late October or early November to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness and of good over evil. Also called Festival of Lights.

[Hindi dīvālī, from Middle Indic dīvāvalī, dīvālī, from Sanskrit dīpāvaliḥ, row of lamps, Diwali : dīpaḥ, lamp; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots + āvaliḥ, row, range; probably akin to āliḥ, row, line, and of non-Indo-European origin.]
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Diwali

(dɪˈwɑːlɪ)
n
(Hinduism) a major Hindu religious festival, honouring Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Held over the New Year according to the Vikrama calendar, it is marked by feasting, gifts, and the lighting of lamps
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Diwali

A four-day New Year festival.
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Translations

Diwali

[dɪˈwɑːli] Divali [dɪˈvɑːli] nDipavali m
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Diwali

nDiwali nt
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References in periodicals archive ?
The five day celebration begins with Dhanteras, followed by Choti (little) Diwali or Naraka Chaturdasi. It is then followed by the Lakshmi pooja.
The celebrations begin with Dhana Trayodasi (Dhanteras in North India) and continue with Naraka Chaturdasi the following day and Diwali the third day.
Choti Diwali Also known as Naraka Chaturdasi, this is the eve of the main festival.
The festivities span over five days, starting with Dhanteras, followed by Choti (little) Diwali or Naraka Chaturdasi. Then is the Lakshmi pooja, or what most of the world knows as Diwali, which is followed by Govardhan Pooja or Balipratipad (Padwa), and finally Bhai Dooj.