[ dih-wah-lee ]
/ dɪˈwɑ li /


the Hindu festival of lights, celebrated as a religious holiday throughout India in mid-November.
Also Dewali, Divali.
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Examples from the Web for diwali

  • I have [an adopted] daughter from India who has a very distinct Hindu tradition, one that we would celebrate during Diwali.

    Mormons Rock!|Walter Kirn|June 5, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • In 2007, when Congress overwhelmingly passed a resolution recognizing the Hindu and Sikh festival of Diwali, Jindal abstained.

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British Dictionary definitions for diwali

/ (dɪˈwɑːlɪ) /


a major Hindu religious festival, honouring Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Held over the New Year according to the Vikrama calendar, it is marked by feasting, gifts, and the lighting of lamps
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