Tamil Diplomat

Diwali, India’s biggest festival, is bad for nation’s health

India — In the week leading up to the Hindu festival of Diwali, which falls this year on Nov. 11, every neighborhood in India becomes more beautiful.

Houses are cleaned out, decorative lamps are lit, families reunite and gifts are exchanged. Diwali is considered to be the Hindu new year, the day on which winter “officially” arrives, and a time to pray for prosperity by felicitating the goddess of wealth.