The Festival of Lights

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, stands as India’s most significant and widely celebrated festival. While it has its roots in Hinduism, Diwali transcends religious boundaries and unites people of various faiths, including Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism, throughout the country.

This five-day festival pays homage to the Indian goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, who symbolizes prosperity and abundance. In certain regions, such as Bengal, Diwali is dedicated to Kali, the goddess who vanquishes evil and darkness.

Diwali serves as a vibrant tribute to the victory of light over darkness and good over evil, which is why it is often referred to as “The Festival of Lights.” Light takes center stage in Diwali celebrations, manifesting in the form of radiant candles, intricate installations, and awe-inspiring fireworks.

On the fourth day of Diwali, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, people exchange sweets and gifts with friends and family as a heartfelt gesture of well-wishes for the upcoming year.

These captivating photos were taken in the enchanting cities of Udaipur (Rajasthan) and Rishikesh (Uttarakhand) during the years 2013 and 2016, capturing the essence and fervor of this radiant festival.

© Nicolás Preci