Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is celebrated in October or November each year. Millions of people around the world observe the festival, which celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and of good over evil. The Festival of Lights originated in India thousands of years ago and several religions observe Diwali, including Sikhs, Hindus Jains and sometimes Buddhists.

When does Diwali end?

Diwali ends on Tuesday, October 29 this year.

The date of the Festival of Lights actually varies from year to year.

In 2018, Diwali fell on November 7 and in 2020 it will be on November 14.

The third day of the festival – the main Diwali night – takes place on the darkest night of the lunar month, which is when there is a new moon.

This is known as Kartik Amavasya meaning New Moon Day.

It is the darkest night after the Hindu month of Ashvin has ended and the month of Kartika has begun.

When the date of that New Moon is known, the Diwali festival can be given its place on the calendar.

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