Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm. The mud walls
of the houses are cleaned and painted over with white clay and cow-dung.
In the courtyards a red or black square is painted with coloured clay.
This is decorated with pictures of animals and birds. The walls are hung
over with flower garlands. People believe that
Lakshmi who is the goddess of wealth visit all the houses this
day and settles down in the house which is clean and pretty.
After sunset, clay lamps are lit on a plank in the memory
of the departed ancestors. Afterwards they are placed within the houses.
Sweets are distributed and the young one seek the blessings of the elderly.
Goats are sacrificed on this day. Women paint little vessels (Auloo) with
clay and decorate it with drawings in red paint. They pray to these and
exchange these with their best friends. Read
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