- Diwali is the most celebrated festival in our country
- Diwali is the biggest Hindu cultural festival celebrated by Hindus in all states
- Diwali is known as the “Festival of Lights”
People decorate their houses, wear new dresses, prepare sweets and celebrate Diwali with fireworks
- Diwali is celebrated to signify the victory of light over darkness
Diwali is a great festival of lights celebrated with great rejoice in India. A festival of happiness, Diwali is a celebration that is not restricted to any set of people. Historically celebrated by Hindus through generations, Diwali denotes the victory of light over darkness. Diwali falls in the month of October or November every year, depending on the Hindu calendar dates. On the big day, the whole city stays bright with non-stop fireworks throughout the day and night too. Lamps, known as Diyas, are lit outside all homes in the evening. People wear new dresses; make offerings to God prepare and exchange sweets on Diwali with great delight.
Festivals bring out happiness from the hearts of people. India is a country that is known for festivals and celebration throughout the year. There is no month without celebration in the Hindu calendar. Among all festivals of India, Diwali is considered the happiest festival of the nation.
Diwali, the “Festival of Lights”, is a sign of the victory of light over darkness. This indicates the light of knowledge taking over the place of ignorance. In India, Diwali is an important day for which a nationwide holiday is declared every year. The festival is celebrated is celebrated by Indians all around the world. Countries namely Thailand, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Malaysia which includes a major
population of Hindus celebrate Diwali joyfully.
The festival falls in the autumn season, generally either in October or November. Diwali, owns its history with many legends as follows:
- Diwali is considered as Harvest Festival since it falls at the end of cropping season
- Krishna killing Narakasura is prominently considered as the reason for the great festival Diwali
- The return of Rama, in the great Ramayan, from the forest after 14 years is considered as the start for the celebration of Diwali
- Another legend of Diwali says the festival was celebrated for the first time as the Pandavas returned from Vanavas in the great epic Mahabharata.
Before the celebration begins, people clean their home and decorate their homes. Everyone in the family start the celebration with new dresses. During the festival season, people make offerings to Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha, Lordess Saraswathi and Lord Kubera. On the evening of Diwali, fireworks start thrashing all cities of the country. The scene of the sky during the fireworks would be splendid. Celebration includes decoration of houses and temples with lamps (Diya), Diwali lanterns in northern states and exchanging of sweets.