Find out more about Diwali Day

What is Diwali?

Diwali is a five day holiday known as the festival of lights. Diwali means row of lanterns, the day of Diwali falls on the third day of the festival, which is today.

The days leading up to Diwali have different significance and vary across regions and beliefs with many Indians also honouring the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, during the celebrations.

For Sikhs, Diwali marks the release of Guru Hargobind Ji from imprisonment, for Jains the holiday marks the liberation of the soul from death and rebirth and for Buddhists the day marks the decision of Emperor Ashoka to embark on a path to peace.

What traditions do you celebrate on this day?

The days leading up to Diwali have different significance and vary across regions and beliefs with many Indians also honoring the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, during the celebrations.

For Sikhs, Diwali marks the release of Guru Hargobind Ji from imprisonment, for Jains the holiday marks the liberation of the soul from death and rebirth and for Buddhists the day marks the decision of Emperor Ashoka to embark on a path to peace.

Food, especially sweets, and presents are part of the holiday. Prayers and greetings are exchanged between family and friends.

Why are the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs recognising Diwali?

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