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Diwali is celebrated with much fervor and joy by the people in India. It is the traditional Hindu festival of lights. It also announces the Hindu New Year for north Indian according to Hindu calendar. People on this day, offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity for the whole year round. If one has to savour the taste of Diwali celebrations, then he or she must come to India for it. The whole country is bathed in the colors of festival! Everywhere you see you can find lights, candles, firecrackers and neatly decorated homes.

Legend of Diwali in India

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama returned to his kingdom Ayodhya after a 214 year exile. I n this course he also defeated the cruelest demon Ravana who had abducted Rama’s wife, Sita. It is believed that Lord Rama made his return on a new moon night i.e. amavasya. Since then people celebrate Diwali by lighting diyas and burning firecrackers to showcase their enthusiasm and happiness

Diwali always fall on the 15th day of the dark fortnight of month Ashwin [October/November] according to Hindu calendar. On this moonless night, everyone lights up their homes and streets with colorful lights and diyas. The whole cities and states looks like a beautiful mirage!

Normally Diwali is a five day festival with different festivals starting 2 days before Diwali and ending two days after it.

First day- dhanteras, second day- roop chaudas, third day –diwali, fourth day- govardhan pooja, fifth day-bhaiya dooj.

People wake up early in the morning of Diwali and wear new clothes. They clean and decorate their home and work places with decorative items. It is considered auspicious to clean your homes on Diwali as Goddess Lakshmi visits only those homes which are nicely decorated and cleaned. Even temples are well decorated with flowers, rangoli, religious things and idols are made to wear new clothes.

Men get down starting their new business books while women of the house get down to prepare traditional Indian meals for Diwali including sweets. In the evening, rangoli is made on the front entrance of home. It can be in the form of various designs and shapes like Om, swastika, Ganesha and feet of Lakshmi.

During the night time, everyone lights up oil diyas or designer diyas along with candles inside and outside their homes. They also offer sweets and gifts to their friends and family members. Incidentally, the gift exchange tradition starts many days before Diwali. The whole family gathers in home temple for Lakshmi pujan and later burn firecrackers to show their joy on Diwali!

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