Diwali – the festival of lights

The name Diwali is itself a contraction of the word “Deepavali which means row of lamps. Deepavali is the most important festival of the year and is celebrated with families performing traditional activities together in their homes.

diwali-fireworks

Deepavali is a very exciting and colorful holiday in which homes will be cleaned to welcome the New Year and windows are opened so that it is believed that the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, can enter. It is a belief that she cannot enter a house which is not lit up, so every household burns special Diwali clay lamps to light the way for the goddess, which is why the holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights.

diwali-lamp

Deepavali is the very favorite festival among kids. During Diwali celebrants wear new clothes, shares sweets and snacks with their family members and friends. Bursting crackers is the very favorite and lovable part for kids during this festival. Fireworks and firecrackers are set off to evil spirits, so it is a noisy holiday too!

children-bursting-crackers

Some Indian business communities begin the financial year on the first day of Diwali, hoping for prosperity the following year. The festival of Diwali is never complete without exchange of gifts. People present diwali gifts to all near and dear ones.

Exchanging-gifts

In Bengal the festival is dedicated to the worship of Mother Kali, the dark goddess of strength. Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God, the symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom, is also worshiped in most Hindu homes on this day.

May this Diwali brings you all joy, health and wealth and also this festival brighten up you and your near and dear ones lives. May the Diwali light show us the way and lead us together on the path of peace harmony.

�WISH U ALL A VERY HAPPY, PROSPEROUS, FANTABULOUS DIWALI 2010. Smiley

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