"Scholars say Indian people probably began celebrating New Year, or Diwali (pronounced dih-WAH-lee), about 1500 B.C. They placed torches around their houses and courtyards to purify them and keep away evil spirits".In general, however, he concludes that the most ancient holiday, or the excuse to celebrate, is New Year's celebrations around the world (naturally, not on Jan 1st, that's new); and the Passover is probably the oldest religious holiday. Read more in this answer.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
The Oldest Holiday in the World, Today?
Today, Hindus and members of several other religions celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. This is a celebration of life, family and relationships. And according to a Tutuzdad answer, it might as well be one of the most ancient holidays. Tutuzdad quotes a source stating that: