Pardon my ignorance for this thread. I have been in Singapore last year when the Diwali was celebrated. According to the Indian taxi driver, the festival of lights is one happy occasion for Indians that can be likened to Christmas. Unfortunately, we were so tired from the trip that after dinner, my wife and I involuntarily fell asleep so we failed to see what festivities were there that night. Do you give money and other things as gifts to your relatives and friends? And what exactly is the festival of lights?