The festival of lights, Deepavali is one of the most popular and important festivals of India, which is celebrated with great enjoyment and excitement all over the country. Deepavali is the grandest of all festivals that is celebrated to ward off evil forces and to bring in peace and harmony in the lives of the people. Also known as Diwali, it is celebrated to worship Goddess Laxmi, the deity of wealth.
Deepavali is a festival of the Hindus that signifies the victory of good over evil. This festival is celebrated exactly 20 days after the celebration of Dusshera, another major Hindu festival. On this day of Deepavali, Goddess for wealth and prosperity is worshipped. People illuminate their houses and streets with lights and earthen lamps to lighten up the night. ‘Deep’ meaning earthen lamps justifies the sacredness of the festival.
The festival of lights continues for five long days. The first day of the festival is called Dhanteras. The second day is the 'Narkachaturdashi' or 'Choti Diwali'. Diwali falls on the third day while the fourth and fifth day of Deepavali is celebrated in a different way in various parts of India. Deepavali falls on the day of Amavasya or the no moon night during the month of Ashwin of the Hindu calendar.In the late evening when it becomes dark, lamps are lit to illuminate and brighten up everything around.
Rows of clay lamps are lighted for decoration and to illuminate the night. The lamps are said to ward off the evil forces and signifies the triumph of the good over evil power. Even the poorest of homes light some lamps to celebrate this day. People light firecrackers which add to the light and color of the night. Beautiful multi colored Rangoli and floral decorations beautify the houses. The glamour and shimmer all around the country fulfills the significance of the festival.
People wear new clothes and distribute sweets among the friends and relatives. The jubilation continues for five days. Deepavali is declared as a holiday so that people can enjoy the day to the fullest. Lights, fireworks, and colors make the night of Diwali a memorable one. The shops worship goddess Laxmi along with Lord Ganesha. People await eagerly every year for Deepavali to celebrate with great enjoyment and fan fare.