Diwali or Deepavali is known as ‘Festival of lights’. The significance of Diwali is that ‘good‘ always wins & not‘evil’. It is celebrated by Hindus, Jains & Sikhs all throughout India. On this day it is a National holiday & everyone gets an opportunity to be a part of Diwali celebrations in their own neighbourhood. The celebration of Diwali goes on for five days & the fourth day marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year.
There are many stories behind why Diwali is celebrated. In the Ramayana it says, Diwali is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita & his brother Lakshmanan from Exile & in the Mahabharata it says, Diwali is celebrated to mark the return of the pandavas after 12 years of Vanvas & one year of Agyatavas. Whatever may be the stories, it’s a real big festival for Indians.
Crackers & Sweets are the two most wanted things to complete the enjoyment of the festival. Houses are decorated with small ‘deepams’ (small clay vessel) which are light and kept inside & outside the houses. Rangolis are drawn on the ground with different colours. People exchange gifts & sweets between the family members & their friends.
The people worship and do puja for Goddess Lakshmi on Diwali day. Diwali sweets are also another speciality. A variety of sweets are available in shops. Diwali gifts & sweets are exchanged between family & friends. Children are very happy as they get a lot of sweets & crackers to burst. The whole neighborhood burst crackers & its a great sight to the eyes to watch all the fireworks.
Diwali is one of the biggest festivals that we Indians celebrate.
Wishing all our blog readers a Happy & Prosperous Diwali 2015.