Diwali is the festival of joy and happiness as it is celebrated to mark the day when lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman after killing Raavan-the evil one. The people of Ayodhya went crazy with joy and expressed it by lighting up their kingdom with diyas and bursting fire crackers.

Diwali is a festival of all good things. People do everything for either their joy or for giving joy to others. People shop for themselves and for their near and dear ones which spreads uniform joy and happiness throughout the world. The streets, markets, eating joints, offices and every nook and corner are lighted up to spread joyous spirit. No animosity prevails and a unique spirit of oneness that is established. The under privileged ones are also not forgotten but are taken care of by some of the other foundation or private organizations. The shopkeepers come out with special discounts.

The Indians believe in the true spirit of kindness and joy it brings to the giver and the taker. The spirit of Diwali breaks the barrier among the enemies and brings joy to everyone all around. Indians are also very superstitious and believe that at this hour of festivity a wrong deed will not go unnoticed by the goddess of wealth and prosperity-Lakshmi, who would in turn not bestow her blessings on them. This belief brings out the best in everyone and they do their best to spread joy and happiness all around them.

Receiving a long wanted gift give a great amount of happiness. So, a lot of time is spent in choosing the gifts. Gifts nowadays may range from dry fruits to electronics, show pieces and innumerable variety of them just to spread a smile on the faces of their loved ones.

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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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