It's the Hindu festival ("Festival of lights" is the translation of Diwali).
Yes I celebrate every year!!.. Diwali is the BIG holiday/festival for Hindus, but it is also celebrated by Sikhs (which my husband is), Jains and others. Diwali is pretty much a 5 day long festival where the triumphs of good over evil (ex: Rama beating Ravana the demon king) are celebrated, but we also celebrate the birthday of Lakshmi (the Goddess of Prosperity), we celebrate Ganesha (because Diwali is also like our New Years, and Ganesha is worshipped in times of new ventures, and to remove obstacles ), we also celebrate Kali.. We give gifts, we light lamps (this is done to light the way for good, it was done when Rama returned from exile to light his way home), set off fireworks (I can't because I'm in Oregon.. lol)... and just overall celebrations for the next 5 days.
My profile/home page has Diwali info on it as well.
at 2:15 PM on Nov. 5, 2010