Diwali lasts five days between mid-October and mid-November and is observed in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and other places with large Indian or Hindu populations. Also called Divali or Deepavali, it’s one of the most important and popular Hindu celebrations.
Day one is about preparation: shopping for symbols of good fortune and cleaning the house. On the second day, families decorate with candles and oil lamps (diyas) and create intricate designs on the floor (rangoli). The most festive part of the festival—a night of fireworks and feasts—takes place on the third night. Day four is for visiting family and friends to exchange gifts. On the final day brothers visit their sisters to celebrate and share a meal.
Whether you’re joining the festivities yourself or want to send a warmhearted wish to someone who does, here are some ideas for what to write.
Helpful tip: Can you send a Diwali card if you don’t celebrate Diwali? Of course you can. If you have a friend who celebrates—especially if you know they’re far away from home and family—recognizing their traditions is a thoughtful way to say, “You matter to me.”