Diwali is most popular festival in India. It’s celebrated by Hindu, Jain, and Sikhs. The date of Diwali celebration changes every year and it is always held in October or November month according to Indian calendar. This festival means ‘row of lights’. Diwali festival is happy occasion when people buying new clothes and items for themselves and their family.
Many people believe that we celebrate Diwali because Lord Rama returned to his kingdom in Ayodhya after 14 years’ exile. For celebrating his return, people decorated their houses with clay lamps and flowers. The whole city was covered in brilliant lights because the people were extremely happy to see Lord Rama return after a long time. Other people believe the celebration of Diwali is dedicated to the birth of Goddess Lakshmi, the wife of Vishnu.
During the Diwali sweets are exchanged between people. People dress up in new clothes and enjoy eating a variety of delicious food items. The whole family gathers for prayer ceremony which is followed by firing the crackers. People also exchange presents and the markets are decorated to represent the festive spirit. It’s a commonly held custom amongst people to leave the lights on in the night as they believe that goddess Lakshmi visits their house with fortune and prosperity.
I wish you all a very happy Diwali!
– Anshu Chaudhary