The name Diwali is itself a contraction of the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which translates as "row of lamps." Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.
There are many legends and religious accounts related to this celebration. Regardless of the mythological explanation, what the festival of lights really stands for today is a reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship and goodwill, and a religiously sanctioned celebration of the simple - and some not so simple - joys of life.
In general, Diwali signifies the light over darkness, of righteousness over treachery, of truth over falsehood. The light which dispels the darkness of our ignorance; it is a festival of the light which shows us the way on our journey through life.
It is a perfect time to revive our inner joy and happiness and provoke this copious positively and cheerfulness into other areas of our life including family and the society at large. The time when we gather with loved ones, celebrating our family, our friends and the prosperity bestowed upon us.
So, on this day, let us fill our entire beings with the "light" that clean out our minds and hearts, making a true "fresh start."
To all my Hindu's friends, I wishes you all "Happy Deepavali" and hope it brings lights of happiness, togetherness, spiritual enlightenment and prosperity for everyone.