Fireworks, Lights, Brighten Diwali Hindu Festival

On Tuesday, fireworks and festive lights will brighten the moonless night as an estimated billion followers of the Hindu religion around the world celebrate Diwali, the festival of light.

Diwali may be news to many U.S. residents, but “it is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the world, being a national holiday in India, Fiji, [Nepal], and Trinidad,” G. Padmanabhan of the Hindu Temple Society of North America in Flushing, New York, said in an e-mail interview.