Diwali Festival 2017 was held at the Indian Cultural Center
According to Parvathaneni Harish, Indian Ambassador in Vietnam, Diwali, known as The Festival of Lights, is a festival of joy, light, and happiness. For many Indians, this is a chance to show respect to Lakshmi, the Goodness of happiness, prosperity, and beauty. He said that prior to the event, people clean up and decorate their house with lights and candles to welcome genies.
During the festival, India is always lit both day and night, while people wear their new clothes, exchange wishes, and dance and sing together. The festival is also an opportunity for people to forgive each other, said the diplomat.
The ancient Hindu festival and annually celebrated not only in India but all over the world. In Hanoi, the festival not only displayed the beauty of light, traditional costumes of India. Participants had an opportunity to join various activities while enjoying Indian food and music.
Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in the southern hemisphere). One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the dark night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika in Bikram Sambat calendar (the month of Aippasi in Tamil Calendar), on the 15th of the month. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.