On November 3, the 10th edition of the Diwali Festival was celebrated in Amstelveen, which gathered over 23,000 participants. Diwali is a hindu festival of lights, which takes place over the course of five days during Kartika, the 8th month of the year in the Hindu calendar. It represents the spiritual victory of the light over the darkness, or the good over the evil, and it is characterized by brightly illuminated temples, houses and buildings. It is the day of the Laxmi Puja and the return of Lord Rama, after defeating the evil king Ravana on Dussehra, 20 days prior. Lord Shiva Temple held the sixth annual Dussehra Festival on October 21, which took place this year in the Nelson Mandela Park, Amsterdam.