Diwali festival is the most awaited festival celebrated in India and abroad specifically by Indians. Diwali is also called as Deepawali where ‘Deep’ means light and ‘avali’ suggests a row, that is, the festival of lights. All the Holy Scriptures regard light as the symbol of delight, joy, pleasure, knowledge, truth, good omen and prosperity. Diwali festival marks the victorious significance of Lord Rama, who rescued his wife from the clutches of the demon Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya after his banishment of 14 years. It is the same day when Lord Mahavira attained Nirvana (Moksha or freedom of soul from the birth and death cycle forever).

Diwali Festival When Hope, Happiness and Pleasure Surmounts:

Diwali festival lasts for 4 days, and each day retains its own significance. The common thread of all these 4 days is lighting of the lamps and cracking of the fireworks. Diwali starts with ‘Narak Chaturdashi’, the day when Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura. This day is followed by ‘Ashwin Amavasya’, the Deepawali when Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth is worshipped for prosperity.

That is why this day is also known for ‘Lakshmi-Pujan’. ‘Amavasya’ also marks the story of Lord Vishnu who incarnated in the avatar of Vaaman, the dwarf and defeated the tyrant king Bali by banishing him to hell.

Bali is supposed to return to earth once a year to thwart darkness and spread light all over the earth. Thus, the third day of Deepawali which is ‘Kartika Shuddha Padyami’ that allows Bali to step out of hell and rule over the world as per the boon given by Lord Vishnu. The fourth of Diwali festival is called as ‘Yama Dvitiya’, which is the ‘Bhai Duj’ when sister invites her brother to her home for worship and wishes for his long and healthy life. The brother also promises her for protection and care.

During those days all the people clean, paint and decorate their homes. The markets are flooded with fresh marigold flowers, earthen and electric lamps, clothing accessories, sweetmeats and firecrackers. Exchange of wishes and gifts are seen among people in those days.

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