Friday, November 5, 2010

Diwali- the festival of lights

         Diwali or Deepavali is celebration of victory of good over evil. It is the biggest and brightest of all the Hindu festivals and is celebrated all over the world.

         Diwali is celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Ram from his fourteen years of exile and vanquishing the demon king-Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the capital of Ram, illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas(oil lamps) and busted crackers. Thus Diwali is festival of lights (deep=light and avali=row of light). it is also symbolic of return of good times;as the saying goes, 'Let this Diwali burn all your bad times and enter you in good times.' The worship of Devi Laxmi- Godess of wealth also takes place during Diwali.

         Diwali is a platform which brings people together. People share greetings, gifts,sweets and well wishes during this occasion.

          Diwali is an occasion to pledge to illuminate our souls with good deeds, bring peace and harmony in the society and celebrate victory of good over evil.


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