Diwali in 2012 will start on Tuesday, the 13th of November and will continue for 5 days until Saturday, the 17th of November.
Here’s a good description of Diwali written by the Boston Globe’s Big Picture in 2009 (though Diwali in 2010 will start on Friday, the 5th of November and will continue for 5 days until Tuesday, the 9th of November):
“October 17th marked the celebration of Diwali among Hindus and other groups around the world. Diwali is also known as the “Festival of Lights” (the name translates as “row of lamps” in Sanskrit). The festival marks the homecoming of Hindu God Rama to Ayodhya after a 14-year exile in the forest following his victory over Ravana, and signifies the victory of good over evil, of light over darkness. Celebrants observe Diwali with fireworks, colorful lanterns, lamps, garlands, sweet treats and worship. Collected here are a handful of photographs of Diwali this year.”
This “The Best…” list joins many others I’ve posted focusing on days and celebrations important to various world religions.
Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About Diwali:
Diwali 2009 is a series of photos from The Big Picture.
India’s Festival of Lights is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.
Diwali, The Pan-Indian Festival of Lights is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.
ESL Holiday Lessons has some nice resources on Diwali.
Judie Haynes has a good page for ELL’s comparing different light festivals that take place around the world, including Diwali.
Here’s an interactive on Diwali.
The British Council has a “talking story” on Diwali.
The BBC has an audio slideshow on “Navratri, the Hindu festival of dance, which leads up to Diwali.”
Here’s a nice infographic with Diwali facts.
The White House has a video of President Obama observing Diwali last year.
CNN has a video of President Obama celebrating Diwali with students in India, and The Hindu has a great picture of the same event. The Daily Mail Online also has pictures.
Hindus observe ‘festival of lights’ is a photo gallery from The Sacramento Bee.
If you need any additional resources, Michelle Henry has a wealth of accessible materials at her incredible website.
Diwali: The Festival of Lights is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
Diwali 2012, the festival of lights is a photo gallery from The Sacramento Bee.
Diwali 2012: Festival of Lights is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
Festivals of Light Around the World is from Judie Haynes.
As always, suggestions are welcome.