Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the most exciting and joyful festivals of India. It falls typically in the month of October or November, and is celebrated in many parts of the country with great enthusiasm.
Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit term decanavali which means a row of lamps.
During Diwali, homes, streets, offices, and other public places are lit up with earthen diyas and candles during the evening.
People celebrate the occasion by distributing sweets, exchanging gifts, and setting off fireworks.
Diwali is celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after his vanvasa (exile).
It is believed that the people of Ayodhya lit up rows of diyas and fireworks to welcome him back.
Diwali is also a celebration of the victory of Lord Krishna over Narakasur, and of Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
During Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi, aided by Goddess Saraswati and Lord Ganesha, is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity to the people who pray to and welcome her.
On the day of Diwali, people clean and decorate their homes, prepare sweets, and light rows of diyas and set off crackers.
People also dress up in their best traditional clothes and gather with their families and friends to celebrate the day with feasts and prayers.
After the prayers, they exchange gifts and sweets among each other and children are gifted with new clothes.
On the night of Diwali, people enjoy firecrackers, barbecues, and sweets.
In modern times, Diwali has become a symbol of communal harmony, unity, and mutual respect.
People from different religions and cultures gather together to celebrate the festival with great enthusiasm and gaiety.
With its vibrant colors, the festival of Diwali fills everyone’s heart with joy and hope for a better future.