Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the Hindus and is commonly known as the festival of lights.
It broadly marks the victory of good over evil symbolized as victory of light over darkness. However, the Hindus have three different interpretations of Diwali which are stated below:
- In Northern India, celebrates return of King Rama to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana which is why earthen lamps are lit.
- In Southern India, celebrates it as the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon Narakasura.
- In western India, the festival symbolizes the day, Lord Vishnu, sent the demon King Bali to rule the world of Nether.
Diwali is usually a 5 days festival.
First day is also known as Dhanteras, people clean their homes and shop for gold or kitchen utensils on the occasion of festival.
Second day, people decorate their homes with earthen lamps and make patterns of design on the floor with colorful powder or sand called rangoli.
Third day is usually the prime festival day, families have a gathering for Lakshmi Puja. There is a lot of shopping for clothes, fireworks and sweets to celebrate this day with joy and grandeur.
The fourth day is Govardhan Puja and also celebrated as a new year. Friends and relatives visit homes with best wishes and gifts.
Fifth day is Bhai Duj, there is a custom of brothers visiting their married sisters who in turn welcome them with a lavish meal and lots of love.
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