Deepavali or the 'Festival of Lights' is celebrated by Hindus with prayers, family gatherings and festivities. (From Tourism Malaysia website)
For the Hindus, Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights, signifies the triumph of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Oil lamps are lit in homes to symbolize this victory. Celebrated during the 7th month of the Hindu calendar, a traditional oil bath precedes the festivities. Hindu families will then visit temples and offer prayers at household altars.