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Place:All over India
Significance: Festival of Lights
Deepavali or Diwali (Festival Of Lights)
is a beautiful festival of Hindus.
Celebrated 21 days after Dussehra,
it marks the return of Lord Rama (Hero of the epic Ramayana) to Ayodhya
after his 14 years exile. Thousands of traditional clay lamps are lit
in houses all over the country.
Lakshmi -the goddess of wealth and prosperity is worshipped. The
houses are cleaned and decorated with designs drawn on the floor (kolams).
It is believed that Lakshmi only enters homes that are clean and spotless.
People wear new apparel, consume a rich and sumptuous feast and burst
It is celebrated for five days. Each day dedicated to
a special thought. First day - Dhanteras or Dhantrayadashi is celebrated
in favour of goddess Lakshmi. Poojas are performed and devotional songs
are sung in praise of the goddess. Small foot steps are made with rice
flour and vermilion powder on the floors of the houses depicting the arrival
of the goddess. Earthen lamps filled with oil having cotton wicks are
arranged in neat rows along the walls and parapets in the verandahs.
These lamps are lit in the evening and kept throughout the night. Glittering
lights are a splendid spectacle.
Second day the Narka - Chaturdashi or Choti Diwal,
the celebrations are based on a legend of the killing of the Naraka
Asura by Lord Krishna. Traditional early baths with oil are made and kumkums
are applied on their foreheads. The following days
Goddess Kali is worshipped, books are worshipped in a special
ceremony, old accounts are settled and new ones are opened and the legend
of the Asura king Bali is remembered. On Diwali day, delicious sweets
are prepared and exchanged among friends and relatives.
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