Definition of festival of lights in US English:

festival of lights

noun

  • 1

    another term for Hanukkah
    • ‘Whatever, the festival of lights was important, but in the grand scheme of things, the holiday gets more attention than it should because it falls in the same month of Christmas.’
    • ‘Jews mark Hannukah, the festival of lights, this year celebrated on December 5, while pagans increasingly observe the winter solstice - the shortest day of the year - on December 21.’
    • ‘For those of you who don't know, Chanukah is the Jewish festival of lights, because, as the story goes, there was no oil for the everlasting light in the temple and the oil that should have burnt out lasted eight days and eight nights.’
    • ‘I thought that in honor of Chanukah, the festival of lights, I would do a column of eight presents I'd like to see various studios receive.’
    • ‘With the festival of lights fast approaching, the commercial hubs of Coimbatore are overcrowded, with the city folks on a buying spree.’
    • ‘Hanukkah or Chanukah is the Jewish festival of lights.’
  • 2

    another term for Diwali
    • ‘The personnel also conducted classes for women of the Self Help Groups and schoolchildren on the safe ways of celebrating the festival of lights.’
    • ‘The festival of lights heralds a season of well-being and is supposed to symbolise the victory of good over evil.’
    • ‘If the festival of lights comes, can ‘pramida’ be far behind?’
    • ‘This year, in spite of the late night sound-revelry by the guys in the hostel, Diwali was, by and large a festival of lights for me.’
    • ‘Deepavali is not just the festival of lights but is also a time for good cheer.’
    • ‘Usually, there is a certain happiness that the festival of lights brings to our lives.’
    • ‘Not much point in us talking about the festival of lights where we don't have electricity for most of the time.’
    • ‘Deepavali, the festival of lights and happiness, spread warmth and joy here on Friday as the night sky burst into a million colours.’
    • ‘Diwali, or Hindu new year, is also known as the festival of lights.’
    • ‘With the festival of lights around the corner, attractive discounts will also be bounteous.’
    • ‘Television channels are living it up this Deepavali, with special programmes and colourful fare to usher in the festival of lights.’
    • ‘Looks like it will be a happy festival of lights for Asin.’
    • ‘The ‘Gududeepa’ (traditional lamp) can be seen in most parts of Udupi city adding beauty to the festival of lights.’
    • ‘We feel it is wonderful that the Diwali festival of lights takes place here, as it highlights the rich cultural diversity of our city.’
    • ‘The festival of lights carries the fine tradition of exchange of gifts and good wishes and what better way than to express it with a box of sweetmeats.’
    • ‘By and large all look forward to the festival of lights.’
    • ‘Diwali means a festival of lights, triumph of good over evil.’
    • ‘Deepavali, the festival of lights, is one of the festivals celebrated with great pomp and gaiety.’
    • ‘Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, celebrates the coronation of Rama, a good God from scripture, as king.’
    • ‘But it was not to be in Madurai on Deepavali, the festival of lights.’