Diwali: Festival of Lights

Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in India. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, where the third days is celebrated as the main Diwali festival or ‘Festival of lights’. Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always associated with this festival. On this auspicious day, people light up diyas and candles all around their house. They perform Laxmi Puja (worship of Goddess of wealth) in the evening and seek divine blessings of Goddess of Wealth. The festival of Diwali can’t complete without exchange of gifts. People present Diwali gifts to friends and family.

It is celebrated in the month of October or November as per the date in Indian calendar. Diwali brings lots of joy, happiness and lots of holidays for children at school and elders at offices. Women prepare special dishes for Diwali which

includes many kinds of sweet dishes, some spicy fried dishes and much more. People buy new cloths, decorate houses. It is more or less similar to that of the Christmas festival.

The festival of Diwali has been celebrated for ages and the history of Diwali celebrations is as old as the history of India. Everyone on this festival enjoys the delicious Diwali sweets, the brightly lit Diwali Lamps and Diwali diyas, and the excitement for living that suddenly grips people around this time. But the festival of Diwali symbolizes much more than these things. This real meaning of Diwali can be understood in the history of Diwali, which tells you the story behind the origin and the grand celebrations of Diwali.The history of Diwali, one of the greatest festivals celebrated with much enthusiasm and fervor all over the country is replete with different kinds of legends, which are moored to the Puranas, the mythological scriptures of Hindus. There have been so many important legends associated with the occasion of Diwali that five days have been accredited for the celebration of Diwali in India with each day holding importance of its own.

in order to control pollution, many have started celebrating “Eco-friendly Diwali” in which they will not avoid celebrating with firecrackers. Many people believe that firecrackers are totally waste of money, it is also injurious to health as well as to the atmosphere. They rather spend money in buying new cloths and eating healthy food!