Diwali Begins on October 17
Diwali begins on October 17, and people around the world are starting to prepare. Diwali (also called Deepavali) is the Festival of Lights in Hinduism, as well as in Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Diwali is observed by lighting candles to symbolise the triumph of good over evil in the human spirit. Diwali is a five-day festival that begins on the new moon day at the end of the month of Ashwin.
The preparation is not without its difficulties so far, however. In northern India, people are advised to avoid dairy-based foods, since two factories were caught using toxic chemicals to produce synthetic milk.
Police said 28 people were arrested in raids Wednesday in two towns in Uttar Pradesh state, and about 1,000 litres of synthetic milk were seized.
Doctors say the synthetic milk is carcinogenic and urea and caustic soda are harmful to the heart, liver and kidneys.
Also check out the Times of India's 6 novel ways to celebrate Diwali.