Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Lights which is celebrated late October or early November, depending on the Indian calendar. It is one of the most popular festivals in Hinduism, symbolizing the spiritual victory of light over darkness, or good over evil. The festival lasts for five days, with each day having its own significance. Families prepare for Diwali by lighting candles and decorating with Rangoli art all over their homes. Diwali also celebrates the Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. During the festival, many traditional sweet and savory dishes are offered to the Gods and then distributed among family and friends. The festival coincides with the Hindu New Year, which is celebrated the day after Diwali.