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Every fall around October and November as the long days of summer fade, Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali, or the Festival of Lights. This five-day holiday marks the triumph of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and light over darkness. This is symbolized by the burning oil lamps called diyas. Celebrating Diwali as we head into darker, colder days has been a tradition for more than 2,500 years. This year, Diwali takes place on November 14.