Diwali, the Festival of Lights

India’s biggest celebration!

Originally a Hindu celebration, this festival is now enjoyed by Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains, as well.


Dickman, Nancy. Diwali. Chicago, Ill.: Heinemann Library, 2011.


Sandhu, Rupi K. Twinkling Lights, Diwali Nights. Victoria, B.C.: Trafford Pub., 2008.


Torpie, Kate. Diwali. New York: Crabtree Pub., 2009.


  • For how many days does this festival last?
  • How do people decorate?
  • What gifts do they give each other?
  • Which Hindu goddess is honoured on this holiday?
  • Why do Sikhs celebrate this Hindu holiday?
  • Why do Jains celebrate?
  • What holiday custom do all three religions share?

Learn more about Diwali!

World Book Online is full of information!

Enjoy novels and picture books!

Stories set in India and Pakistan!