Diwali or Deepawali is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism. It is also known as the festival of lights and is celebrated by millions of people around the world. It spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. The festival formally begins two days before the night of Diwali and ends two days thereafter. Each day has the following rituals and significance: Dhanteras (Day 1) Naraka Chaturdasi (Day 2) Lakshmi Puja (Day 3) Padwa, Balipratipada (Day 4) Bhai Duj, Bhaiya Dooji (Day 5) Diwali is celebrated on a nation-wide scale on Amavasya - the 15th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashwin, (October/November) every year. It symbolizes that age-old culture of India which teaches to vanquish ignorance that subdues humanity and to drive away the darkness that engulfs the light of knowledge. Every year on the dark nights of Diwali the sound of firecrackers announces the celebration of the favorite festival of Indians. Homes are decorated, sweets are distributed by everyone and thousands of lamps are lit to create a world of fantasy. Of all the festivals celebrated in India, Diwali is by far the most glamorous and important. Enthusiastically enjoyed by people of every religion, its magical and radiant touch creates an atmosphere of joy and festivity.