Diwali is a festival of lights and is celebrated by over 1 billion people mainly in India, Singapore, Nepal and Bhutan. Therefore we have compiled together 12 interesting and intriguing facts concerning Diwali. We guarantee you never knew them before.
#1. “Diwali,” which is also referred to as Deepavali and Diwali, is the most important festival in India & Nepal.
#2. Over 1 billion people across the world celebrate this festival.
#3. Diwali is celebrated by 3 different religions – Hindus, Sikhs & Jains.
#4. Diwali is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama after a 14 year exile.
#5. Diwali, for Sikhs, marks the Bandi Chhor Divas, when Guru Har Gobind Ji freed himself and other Hindu Kings from Gwalior Fort.
#6. Jains celebrate this festival of lights to mark the attainment of moksha by Mahavira.
#7. It is the most famous, biggest and brightest festival of the world, and is celebrated for four days.
#8. The Foundation stone of the Golden Temple was also laid on the day of Diwali in 1577.
#9. Diwali is a national holiday in India, Myanmar, Nepal, Mauritius, Guyana, Singapore, Surinam, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Fiji.
#10. The English city of Leicester hosts the biggest Diwali celebrations outside of India.
#11. eCommerce giants Amazon and Flipkart sold over 2 Billion worth of Diwali Goods in 2016.
#12. The cost of the firecrackers exploded during 2016 Diwali is estimated to be over one billion dollars.
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