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Festival of Lights – Diwali

Diwali, which is known as the ‘festival of lights’ is a blissful day celebrated in Hindu culture. It is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month, which is between mid-October and November.

The word Diwali is derived from Sanskrit, and it indicates the meaning of rows of lighted lamps. It is considered a spiritual celebration of the victory of light over darkness, good over will and knowledge over ignorance. In Hindu mythology, there are various stories about Diwali. One of them is, that it represents the day which Lord Rama, his wife , Seetha and his brother Lakshmana returned home after 14years of exile, defeating king Ravana. Another story marks Diwali as the day Lord Krishna defeated Narakasura and freed the people of his kingdom. Goddess Lakshmi receives many religious offerings as the goddess of prosperity and wealth. Most importantly, Diwali is considered a day of new beginnings.

When celebrating Diwali, they clean and wear their finest clothes, light fireworks and oil lamps, prepare family feasts, decorate their houses with floral and rangoli decorations and share sweets.

Diwali has a deep spiritual meaning, and it is believed that the inner light has the power to outshine the darkness and clear all obstacles in life. The importance of this festival is that it is a time where devotees spread joy, happiness and love.

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