Diwali is one of the most popular festivals celebrated on the 15th of the Kartik month as per the lunar (HINDU) calendar. It is a festival of lights, candles, diyas, and lamps. On this day, everyone renovates their house with paintings and decorates with lights, candles, diyas, and door lamps to be illuminated and remove the darkness from everyone’s life. They cook many food dishes, sweets, and prasad to offer to the Gods. They worship Goddess Laxmi Ji and God Ganesha Ji for getting their blessings.
According to the Hindu rituals and as mentioned in the great epic Ramayana, Diwali is a festival that celebrates the return of Lord Ram to his home Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile ‘Vanvas’ with her wife Sita. Brother Lakshman, along with his great devotee Hanuman after defeating the ten-headed great demon Ravana, the king of the Lanka. The festival of Diwali is celebrated to signify the victory of good over evil powers. The illumination of lights gives a message of victory of light over the darkness. This festival is celebrated after twenty-one days of the festival Vijayadashami when Lord Ram killed ten-headed Ravana, hence called Vijaya-dashmi or Dussehra.
The festival ‘Diwali’ is also known as Deepawali. It is also called the festival of lights. It is one of the most auspicious festivals for Hindus, and people from different communities across the world also celebrate this great festival by burning fireworks and crackers. It is celebrated with all enthusiasm and with a kind heart. On this auspicious festival, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped by the Hindus, bringing prosperity, wealth, and success. On this day, everyone wears new clothes and exchanges new gifts with their family, neighbors, and relatives.
It is a festival of fun, prosperity, and happiness. Everyone cleans their house offices and decorates them with various colorful lights and lamps. It is a five-day festival celebrated as Dhanteras, Naraka Chaturdashi, Lakshmi Poojan, Govardhan Puja, and Bhai Dooj. It is considered the most significant festival for Indians (Hindus), so they start their preparation one month before the festival date.