"Dhanteras, the first day of Diwali, marks the beginning of the celebrations. The tradition is to clean the house at night and send a prayer to the goddess Lakshmi," Reshma Kadam sharing her experience, "on the second day, we decorate our houses with oil lamps called diyas and colorful patterns made of colored sand or powder called rangoli. The third day is the high point of the celebration, when we congregate at home to pray and enjoy a festive feast. The fourth day is the Hindu New Year’s Day, when we visit friends and family. On the fifth and final day, siblings invite each other to a meal of their favorite dishes. This honors the lifelong bond between brothers and sisters."