Diwali, one of the most popular Hindu festivals of light, is celebrated all over India in autumn every year. It is also known as Deepawali. Diwali is also observed in many other countries apart from India. It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness. The festival revolves around the different types of lights that are used to decorate the houses, temples, shops and other places. This festival is also quite popular for sweets. The Diwali festival is celebrated five days but the main festival night is the one when it is the darkest night of the month which according to Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika in Bikram Sambat calendar is the night of the new moon.
Diwali starts by cleaning the houses and offices. People start decorating their houses and other parts of their houses with decorative lights, diyas, and candles. In the evening time, all family members gather for offering prayers to Goddess Laxmi and after those sweets are distributed among the family members. After that fire cracker are ignited. In most of India, it is a custom to meet friends and families and offer them sweets. There are several kinds of sweets that are prepared during the Diwali celebration. This time of the period is also very popular for shopping. It is the time of the year when people gifts new clothes to their near and dear ones. The shopping malls and stores offer varieties of discounts during Diwali.
In many parts of India, the festival begins with Dhanteras which is the first day. In this day prayers are offered to Goddess Laxmi, and new things are bought. It is believed that if you buy something precious this day, Goddess will bless you with more that year. The second day is observed as Naraka Chaturdasi and then Deepavali on the third day. The fourth day is celebrated as Diwali Padva which is dedicated to the Wife and husband relationship. The festival ends with Bhai Dooj which is dedicated to the brother and sister relationship. After 18 days of Dussehra, Dhanteras starts. At the same time, the Jains celebrate Diwali, Shikhs celebrates Bandi Chhor Divas, and the Buddhists celebrate Diwali by offering prayers to Goddess Laxmi.
Diwali is one of the most auspicious festivals in India and Nepal. It is that time of the year when people decorate their houses with colorful lights and lamps after cleaning their houses and offices during the day time. They also prepare different kinds of sweets for their guests. It is also that time of the year when new appliances and clothes are bought. Ancient stories are told to the kids to make them understand why it is important to be good and wise in life. The old stories depict the victory over evil and darkness. There are several competition held for sweet preparation.
Diwali is that festival that embodies the truth that we all need to understand why it is important to be good and wise. Diwali represents goodness over badness, light over darkness and compassion to others.