Diwali: The Festival of Lights

Power of Light

There are a number of festivals that take place around the world each year, many of which feature lighting to enhance the celebrations. However, the Hindu festival of Diwali is perhaps the most prominent of these as days of celebrations that take place in October in which the festivities are focused on the power of light. Learn more about this festival, how lighting is used and why it’s important to hire the correct lighting rigs for your event.

What is Diwali?

Many people are likely to have heard of Diwali as it tends to be one of the most widely-recognised festivals worldwide in the Hindu calendar. Meaning ‘festival of lights’, the five-day event sees Hindus celebrating the goddess Lakshmi, who represents wealth. Therefore, for many Indian people, Diwali also means the change in business year as well as praying to welcome Lakshmi and the prosperity she represents into their homes.

How is lighting used in the festival?

Small oil lamps called diyas are placed both outside and inside houses, shops and other public areas to welcome and guide the goddess. There will also often be community light shows, using lights on a bigger scale often using professional visual services to adorn buildings and businesses, as well as colourful fireworks displays. While candles and other fire-based lights are central to the events, many people also choose to decorate their homes and temples using lighting rigs to create spectacular displays that illuminate the night sky. In fact, in 2012, a NASA satellite over India shows the entire country to be illuminated so brightly that it distinctively shows up on the images.

If you’re planning a Diwali festival in your local area, be sure to contact an event lighting hire company for help with all your lighting requirements and to ensure your event truly glows.


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