Five things you should know about Diwali

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Diwali is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu culture. Here are five things about Diwali you need to know.
Families gather together to celebrate the traditional Diwali festival, with fireworks, in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of Hinduism’s most important festivals dedicated to the worship of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth.(AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Devotees light earthen lamps on the banks of the River Sarayu as part of Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya, India, India, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The north Indian City of Ayodhya made an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World record when several earthen lamps were lit at the banks of river Saryu on the occasion of Diwali – the festival of light. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Hindu devotees light clay oil lamps while praying at a temple during the Deepavali celebration in the Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Light, is celebrated by Hindu communities as the new beginning and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
In 2010, during an official visit to India, President Obama and the First Lady marked Diwali by participating in a candle lighting and performance at Holy Name High School in Mumbai. (Courtesy Obama White House Archives)

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