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Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is a significant and widely celebrated festival in India and by Indian communities around the world. It is a festival of lights and symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. The word “Deepavali” is derived from two Sanskrit words: “deepa,” which means “lamp” or “light,” and “avali,” which means “a row” or “series.” Therefore, Deepavali can be translated as “a row of lights” or “festival of lights.”

Deepavali typically lasts for five days, with the main celebration taking place on the third day. During this time, people decorate their homes with oil lamps (diyas), candles, and colorful rangoli designs. Fireworks and the bursting of firecrackers are also common during the festival, contributing to the festive and bright atmosphere.