India is the land of festivals but Diwali is one of the few grandest indian festival celebrated all over India with equal enthusiasm and zeal. Diwali Festival is the abbreviation of the Sanskrit word 'Deepavali', which means 'rows of lights'. One of the major Hindu festivals, it is celebrated to commemorate the returning of Rama and Sita to their kingdom Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile. Though, Diwali is mainly a five- day festival but we can see people preparing Diwali weeks ahead by cleaning and decorating their households. The main festival day falls on the no-moon day of the dark half of Kartik, according to the Hindu lunar calendar.
Celebrated with vigour and gaiety by people of every religion
Deepavali, its magical and radiant touch creates an atmosphere of joy
and festivity. Innumerable lamps are lit on the roofs and windowsills of
the houses, thus, giving an ethereal and almost divine look to the whole
scenario. It is said that Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth roams the earth on
this day and enters the house that is pure, clean and brightly
illuminated. Young and old, men and women, all dress up in new clothes
and buy new utensils on this day. They worship the deities, Lakshmi and
Ganesha, and share sweets and gifts with their relatives and friends. It
is also the beginning of the new financial year for the business
community. However, it is the crackers and the fireworks that attract
the kids the most and form the highlight of the festival.
Deepawali symbolises the victory of righteousness and the lifting of
spiritual darkness. It is the celebartion of victory of good over evil -
and the glory of light.
DIWALI 2008 : Divali falls on a new moon day in the month of
October or November. Since the precise moment of the new moon falls on
different dates depending on geographical location, the date of Diwali
also depends on one's location. In 2008 Diwali will be celebrated on