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The Festival of Lights – Diwali

Happy Diwali!

Diwali, the festival of love and lights, is one of the biggest and most popular Hindu festivals in India. It is also called ‘Deepawali’. The festival symbolises the ‘victory of light over darkness’. The festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November every year.

How do people celebrate the festival?

The festival is celebrated for five days in many parts of the country. People clean their homes and buy gold or kitchen utensils to help bring good fortune. Moreover, they also decorate their homes with lamps and lights and create design patterns called rangoli on the floor using coloured powders or sand.

On the main day of the festival, families gather together for Lakshmi puja, (prayer to Goddess Lakshmi) and eat delicious food and enjoy fireworks. Friends and relatives also visit one another with gifts and best wishes for the season.

Diwali celebrations

In northern India, people celebrate Diwali for King Rama’s return to Ayodhya. He defeated Ravana and brought his queen Sita back. Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.

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